We’re back at Remington Park for the first time in about a week for quarter horse racing in Oklahoma City. You have to love betting on the quarter horses. It might not get the attention compared to other sports or even thoroughbred racing, but quarter horse racing is one of the most exciting 10 to 20 seconds in gambling. In any event, it’s over quickly and you better be paying attention or you’re going to miss it. If you need an adrenaline rush, quarter horse can give you the fix you’re looking for.
We’re reaching the apex of the coronavirus, or just getting over it in multiple spots around the United States. The situation doesn’t appear to be too serious in Oklahoma, so it’s unlikely that Remington Park will have to stop. All eyes are on Santa Anita Park for when they’re back racing in California. Santa Anita Park is attempting to get things going again on humanitarian grounds for the horses. We’ll see if the Health Department in Santa Anita budges. Remington Park is open for off-track wagering, though. Head below for our free Remington Park picks for April 16, 2020.
Post Time: 6:00 CST
Distance: 330 Yards
Eight quarter horses in Race 1 will get us started on Thursday evening in Oklahoma. A purse worth $7,200 is in play in Race 1. 3 to 6 year olds will be participating in this event to get us started at Remington Park. There is a good chance that half of the field will have odds at +1000 or greater by post time. Allies Favorite Okey figures to be the big underdog of the race, as she looks to add the third win of her career on Thursday. She has won 2 in 18 races, though has been slow since then, for the past few years. Her last win was on March 23, 2017, and has failed to show in nine straight starts.
Allies Favorite Okey finished 330 yards at 17.296 seconds in her last outing for 7th on March 20. That’s not going to be nearly good enough against this field. Moonpiebywire is a better option if you’re going for the longshot. She has at least shown signs of life in recent starts. Moonpiebywire has shown in three out of her previous races, including two wins on August 3, 2019 and July 24, 2019. Having said that, she hasn’t raced since November and did not look sharp. Moonpiebywire finished 9th with a time of 18.676 seconds from 350 yards on dirt. That was dead last, so it was an unfortunate effort.
Kooliona has had a race recently, though that was against just three other ponies. She was clocked at 18.100 seconds from 330 yards. Kooliona was better on October 20, 2019 in a 300-yard event to finish 2nd with a time of 15.829 seconds. If you’re looking for the longshot, Kooliona is likely your best option, though probably doesn’t stand a strong chance of winning here. Hey Ladeez and R Debutant are the most likely horses to take a trip to the winner’s circle to get the Thursday card underway at Remington Park. I think there’s better value with one of them, though, at least according to the morning lines at BetOnline.
Hey Ladeez is coming off a bold bid, but came up just short for the win on March 29. She was 2nd out of the gate and 2nd at the wire, recording a time of 17.900 seconds from 330 yards. She was faster nine days earlier, though was up against a much better field. Hey Ladeez completed 330 yards at 17.250 seconds for 6th. At 400 yards three outings ago, Hey Ladeez was unsuccessful, with a time of 20.409 seconds for 4th on November 9, 2019.
R Debutant heads into Thursday with some encouraging signs recently. She has two wins in her past three outings and placed 2nd in the other start. In her most recent trip to the gate, R Debutant clocked in at 15.461 seconds from 300 yards to get the win by ¾ lengths. Prior to that start, R Debutant finished 2nd with a time of 15.595. The other win for R Debutant was from 350 yards with a time of 18.017 seconds. She has shown in five straight events, and while that doesn’t guarantee a win, there has been consistency out of this 4-year-old. R Debutant will likely have a tough go of it against Hey Ladeez, but believe R Debutant carries the most value into Race 1.
Post Time: 7:44 CST
Race 5 will feature a ten-horse field running for a $8,300 purse. Pick Your Soldier and Roys Chicken will battle it out at post time for the longest odds in this event. Pick Your Soldier will be making the second start of her career after finishing 6th in her debut on March 19. It was a shaky first race, having finished 250 yards at 14.227 seconds. The same goes for Roys Chicken, who has made just one appearance in his career. It was the same race, with Roys Chicken finishing a spot behind Pick Your Soldier for 7th at 14.304 seconds.
Flyin Wagon also participated in that race on March 19 and was behind both of them. He was 9th with a time of 14.647 seconds. That was his second outing, and the first didn’t go much better. Flyin Wagon finished 8th on March 7 in a 300-yard dash. He didn’t have enough juice in his step and completed the race at 16.752 seconds. Unlikely going to be a factor in Race 5, so you should probably look elsewhere here.
A Maidens Grace, Vf Zulu Monster, and Df Fabulous Joy will all be in the thick of this race. A Maidens Grace will be making her debut in this event, but has looked good in two recent workouts. She completed 250 yards at 14.17 seconds on March 25 and 220 yards at 12.03 seconds on March 8. No experience, but the workouts have proven that she isn’t a race to forget about in Race 5. Vf Zulu Monster is coming off a 9th place finish on April 3 from 250 yards at 14.647 seconds. That was a talented field and Vf Zulu Monster should benefit from a weaker field on Thursday.
Fabulous Joy made her racetrack debut on March 19 and made a bold run for a win. She may have finished 4th, which doesn’t look like much, but she was able to beat six other horses, including three that are in this event today. Fabulous Joy was clocked at 13.827 seconds, though it wasn’t good to show. However, she won’t have to deal with that quality talent on Thursday. A similar performance likely yields a win for Fabulous Joy. If she wants to run out of the gate today, the winner’s circle should be hers in Race 5.