by Jerry Shottenkirk
December 17, 2020
Oklahoma City will have the night-time racing spotlight on it Friday as Remington Park presents the $200,000 Remington Springboard Mile and five other stakes races on a 13-race card that begins at 6 p.m. ET – two hours earlier than usual.
The attractive program opens a five-day end-of-season run that ends on Tuesday. The track lost its Monday and Tuesday cards this week due to wintry weather and will make up those two (post time 1 p.m. ET) to finish the year.
Here’s a look at the Springboard Mile Late Pick 4 Friday at Remington Park:
RACE 10 (10:25PM ET) // USEEIT STAKES // 1 MILE (DIRT)
SHE’S ALL WOLFE is the likely favorite as she’s 5 of 10 overall but perfect in four Remington Park stakes. Her dam, She’s All In, was dominant in the Oklahoma-bred distaff ranks and her daughter is heading in the same direction. This is not an easy spot by any means but she’s the kind that has a lot of speed and can take it two turns.
DIPPING IN makes her first stakes try of the year and was a maiden-claiming winner at Saratoga in August. Has done well here, as she was fourth by a half-length in a turf allowance in her first one here and was dominant in a four-length win in a sprint. She has been mostly on turf this year but she forwarded a sharp effort when switched to the main track.
TIZTHEBOSS broke her maiden and followed with an allowance win the next out and most recently was third in a very strong open allowance. Can mix it up on the front end and stick around for the fight late in the game.
RACE 11 (10:57PM ET) // TRAPEZE STAKES // 1 MILE (DIRT)
OLIVIAOFTHEDESERT was perfectly placed in her latest going a one-turn mile at Churchill Downs. Has raced against some strong fields, including the G1 Alcibiades -- a race in which she was fifth behind Simply Ravishing. Picks up top jockey David Cabrera in her first local visit.
CECILE’S CHAPTER is just getting going in her career and has won two of her three races. She broke her maiden at Indiana Grand and most recently was up in time in an allowance that came off the turf at Keeneland. She’s a solid late mover that could get a favorable pace for her rally.
TIZ SPLENDID NEWS has exceptional speed and was a gate-to-wire winner at Keeneland two races back. If allowed to set moderate fractions, she’ll be a strong player to the finish.
SIMPLY SOVEREIGN is a local hope and she has the speed to stay within range. She’s officially perfect in two races as she scored a maiden win at first asking and then was awarded a win via disqualification last out.
RACE 12 (11:28PM ET) // REMINGTON SPRINGBOARD MILE STAKES // 1 MILE (DIRT)
SAFFA’S DAY tired in the Nyquist at Keeneland last out and was an easy maiden winner there in his debut. Has never been the distance but his pedigree indicates he has the ability.
COWAN was a closing second in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and stretches out. He broke his maiden on dirt and has a good local work for his credit.
OUTADORE dropped a bullet work at Keeneland a few days ago and comes in off a third-place finish in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He moves over to the dirt for the first time in a race but has shown ability to those morning drills, included the five-furlong bullet at Keeneland.
RACE 13 (12:00AM ET) // JEFFREY A. HAWK MEMORIAL STAKES // 1 MILE, 70 YARDS (DIRT)
VANGILDER returned to Remington after a fourth in the Downs at Albuquerque and forwarded a second-place finish behind the strong veteran Chris and Dave. He has a good finishing touch and can benefit from the inside post and probable ground-saving journey.
HUNKA BURNING LOVE has had a tremendous year and showed his best in the Governor’s Cup here in August. He beat the talented Sleepy Eyes Todd in the Lone Star Mile and is as good as any two-turn horse in this part of the country. He comes in off an easy win in the Delta Mile and might be a better price than he deserves since Asmussen, Cox and McPeek – a trio of the game’s biggest names – have runners in here.
50-CENT LATE PICK 4 TICKET
RACE 10: #7 She’s All Wolfe, #8 Dipping In, #10 Tiztheboss
RACE 11: #2 Oliviaofthedesert, #3 Cecile’s Chapter, #7 Tiz Splendid News, #10 Simply Sovereign
RACE 12: #7 Saffa’s Day, #8 Cowan, #9 Outadore
RACE 13: #1 Vangilder, #2 Hunka Burning Love
TICKET COST: $36.00 for 50-cents