Friday offers a decently sized card at BetOnline. You can find 14 racecourses available for wagering, not including the standardbreds on Friday. There are three harness racing tracks open for wagering as well. Yonkers Raceway is the most popular of the three. There’s a lot of history at Yonkers in New York. Not too far away, Meadows, not to be concerned with Meadowlands, has harness racing in Washington.
Speaking of Meadowlands, the New Jersey based track has a small six-race card on Friday. I’m not interested in Meadowlands, but we do have Santa Anita Park in California and Remington Park covered this afternoon and evening. Friday is a stakes day for Remington Park, as they are expected to put on ten racecourses.
Remington Park has a total of ten races with $1,120,000 in prize money up for grabs. There are eight with at least $100,000 to be won. Head below for our free Remington Park picks for October 15, 2021.
Race 3 – Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes
Post Time: 8:05 p.m. CST
Our first selection in OKC is the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes, a 6-furlong event for a considerable prize. I would consider looking at Mesa Moon and Welder in this one.
Mesa Moon is a four-time winner, with his most recent win just two outings back on April 12. He has finished 2nd, 1st, 5th in his previous three trips.
In his win in April, Mesa Moon beat Onomatopoeia by 5 ¼ lengths for a $20,900 purse. The gelding went on a layoff following that attempt, and reappeared in a much tougher race.
Mesa Moon finished 5th in the $70,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint Stakes on September 24. That was disappointing, but he has more to offer. With the rust gone, Mesa Moon could do better in this spot.
Welder has 27 wins and is no stranger to the winner’s circle. He’s been there 27 times in 43 attempts, with his most recent win on August 27. Welder defeated Nitrous by 1 ¾ lengths for a $38,500 purse.
In his most recent attempt, Welder finished 5th in the $150,000 David M. Vance Stakes on September 26. That field was much too tough, but he’s picking on a relatively weak field on Friday night.
Race 4 – Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes
Post Time: 8:34 p.m. CST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
The $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes is 1 1/16 miles on the turf. This is a nine-horse field, with a couple of runners that caught my attention.
Alternative Slew and Run Slewpy Run should go well in this assignment. Alternative Slew is 6 for 17 in her career, and has finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 3rd in her previous five attempts.
This mare is showing consistent form, and has a couple of wins since October 16 of last year. In her most recent win, Alternative Slew beat Texas Rain by 2 lengths for a $30,500 purse.
Run Slewpy Run is 3 for 8 in her career, and finished 1st, 2nd, 1st in her previous three attempts. She’s coming off a win in the $70,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes on September 24.
Prior to that effort, Run Slewpy Run placed 2nd behind Gotta See Red by 3 ½ lengths in the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Fillies. This looks like the perfect spot for Run Slewpy Run to go back to the winner’s circle and make it back-to-back.
Race 8 – Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint Stakes
Post Time: 10:33 p.m. CST
The $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint Stakes covers 6 furlongs on the dirt. Casino Queen and Sunday Flashback should be watched closely in the stretch. They both should put forth bold bids.
Casino Queen is 6 for 17 in her career, and has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 4th in her previous six attempts. In her latest win, Casino Queen struck two races back on July 19 in the $45,000 Muscogee Nation Stakes by ¾ lengths.
She couldn’t respond in the same form, though, and finished 4th on September 1 for a $49,000 purse. That effort was disappointing.
Sunday Flashback has finished 3rd, 1st, 1st, and is looking for a hat-trick Friday under the lights. She opened her career in 3rd on October 16, 2020 in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes.
Following the loss, Sunday Flashback beat Run Slewpy Run by a head for a $36,975 purse, and then most recently a 14 ½ length blowout for a $42,000 purse. Too easy.
It looks like Sunday Flashback is well prepared to go back to the stakes circuit now. He’s in her best form and should have a big chance.