There isn’t a Road to the Kentucky Derby event to discuss on Sunday, but we still have a day of racing at tracks across the US. Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Remington Park are all open for business, off-track anyway, with a number of races taking place throughout the day. Yesterday couldn’t have gotten much better, virtually and otherwise. In the Triple Crown Showdown, also known as the Virtual Kentucky Derby, the AI version of Secretariat exploded late to give us a win by about a length over Citation. It was a novelty event that racebooks were offering online. They had to take a beating from the Secretariat win.
That was only one part of the equation on Saturday. Along with Secretariat winning, Charlatan and Nadal, both Baffert trainees, smoked the competition in the Div. 1 and Div. 2 to get the sweep in the Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs. Charlatan was gaining plenty of attention prior to the Arkansas Derby, and now the secret is completely out of the bag. Nadal was running in the shadows of Authentic and Nadal leading up to Saturday, but now he’s in the forefront of the public. It’s going to be a wild Kentucky Derby on September 5. We have to wait for it, but it’s going to be well worth the wait.
In the meantime on Sunday, Remington Park is offering a ten-race racecard this evening. Remington Park doesn’t want to compete with the tracks racing in the afternoon, so they typically are running in the evening. They are currently in their quarter horse meet, which is the only one since Louisiana Downs suspended racing. Remington Park is your only option if you like the quarter horses. Head below for our free Remington Park selections for May 3, 2020.
Post Time: 6:00 p.m. CST
Distance: 330 Yards
A 330-yard dash to determine a winner to get the day started at Remington Park. Eight horses are scheduled to take to the starting gate and sprint for the win. This seems like it’s shaping up to a race between Da Boss and Real Easy Sign. Real Easy Sign enters as the +200 favorite, but could easily be getting something higher than that by post time.
He finished 2nd in the first race of his career on April 9 with a time of 13.614 seconds at 250 yards. Not bad at all for a debut. In a recent workout, Real Easy Sign completed 250 yards at 14.59 seconds. Keep in mind that they don’t go full out during workouts, so that explains the difference.
Real Easy Sign will have to contend with Da Boss and Wired for Royalty. Wired for Royalty was 7th in her debut performance on March 6, but improved drastically to finish 2nd in her next start on April 10, with a time of 18.457 seconds at 330 yards. In her first race, Wired for Royalty was clocked at 16.257 seconds at 300 yards.
Da Boss followed the same path as Wired for Royalty. He was 8th in his first start on March 6, and then responded in 2nd for his next outing. All three share a decent chance of winning Race 1. In that case, you have to go with the option that presents the best value. At +500, I think Da Boss is carrying a lot of value into Sunday evening at Remington Park.
Post Time: 9:28 p.m. CST
Late racing in Oklahoma on Sunday for Race 9. Eight horses are signed up to race 330 yards for a $12,100 purse. Hott Link, Mighty Tamale, and Shaky Hero all face long odds to win here. Hott Link is a winner in 3 of 13 events in his career, which isn’t terrible, but he hasn’t shown much recently on the track with 8th, 7th, 7th the story of his life in the previous three starts. Hott Link has failed to show in 5 of his last 7 races.
Mighty Tamale may have the least chance of winning by post time. The last time he won a race was nearly two years ago on July 5, 2018. That’s ten straight events without a win for Mighty Tamale. He’s coming off a horrid performance in the Sooner State Stakes on April 18 to finish in 9th. Mighty Tamale completed the 400-yard race at 20.345 seconds. His odds were steep in that one as well and he performed as such. Expect another dud for Mighty Tamale on Sunday.
Shaky Hero will have to get some luck to win this one, but might be the best out of the three underdogs. He has failed to show in 8 of his last 9 races, with a win on June 28, 2019. In 26 career races, Shaky Hero has found the winner’s circle in 6 of them. All three are unlikely to keep up with the stronger horses in this event, though. It will take a stutter out of the starting gate out of the contenders for an upset.
Hr Desirable and Eye Am A Fancy Pyc will be the most difficult to keep up with in this race. Eye Am A Fancy Pyc has fairly decent value at +400. He was way outclassed in his most recent outing on November 9, 2019 in the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity. However, against similar competition, Eye Am A Fancy Pyc did well to place in three straight races. He has a win in 3 of 9 career starts since March 23, 2019.
For Hr Desirable, he didn’t have trouble running fast in three career appearances in Futurity events. He finished 1st, 1st, 2nd against some pretty good competition. Hr Desirable has won 3 of 7 outings and has shown in 4 out of his last 6 starts. It should be an exciting 330 yards, with Hr Desirable likely edging out Eye Am A Fancy Pyc for a win on Sunday.