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Jeremy Plonk: Remington Park Oklahoma Classics Pick 4 | Friday, October 20, 2023

by Jeremy Plonk

October 20, 2023

Friday’s 10-race Oklahoma Classics card at Remington Park is loaded with stakes throughout, including a quartet in the Primetime Pick Four to close it out. Horseplayers at 1/ST BET and Xpressbet betting Remington Park on Friday can enjoy 10X Wager Rewards Points.

Here’s how I see the sequence:

Remington Park // Race 7 // Oklahoma Classics Distaff
#4 Kachina (10-1 ML)
#6 Gotta See Red (6-1 ML)
#7 Da Prairie Girl (5-1 ML)
#3 Okie Attitude (8-1 ML)

Comments: The morning line favorite #9 Doudoudouwanadance doesn’t seem to have improved from a strong 2-year-old season and I’ll look to some of the elders to step forward. This division is wide open after the retirement of reigning, 3-time Distaff heroine She’s All Wolfe.

Remington Park // Race 8 // Oklahoma Classics Sprint
#5 Connor’s Outlaw (7-2 ML)

Comments: The lukewarm morning line favorite was anything but blah when winning the local allowance prep by open lengths. Anything resembling a repeat effort should win this for a horse who has paired up wins previously. Defending Sprint winner Fly to the Bank has been off the mark of late without a rebound touting itself.

Remington Park // Race 9 // Oklahoma Classics Cup
#6 Number One Dude (8-5 ML)
#2 Ghost Hero (9-5 ML)

Comments: Though #4 Absaroka (2021) and That’s Something (2022) have won previous Classics Cups, neither returns with the vibe that they’re as good as they once were. The former has been dropped in class this year, while the latter has made only two starts in 2023 and his Red Earth Stakes final prep wasn’t nearly as good as before his 2022 victory here. Number One Dude is 11: 5-4-0 on the local dirt and looks to get over the hump routing at RP on the main. Sophomore Ghost Hero won the Juvenile on Classics night a year ago and has been solid this year up until setting the Oklahoma Derby tempo and giving way. This is a much easier spot.

Remington Park // Race 10 // Oklahoma Classics Turf
#9 Eakly (8-1 ML)
#7 Dark Afternoon (3-1 ML)
#3 Kodaline (4-1 ML) *pictured above*

Comments: #7 Dark Afternoon is a 3-time winner at the meet, including turf and dirt scores sprinting. The 1-1/16 miles distance will be a true test, but his versatile running style should play. The question with 3-year-old #3 Kodaline is if the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes winner can handle turf; he’s yet to try it in 9 starts. Give me a price shot with #9 Eakly, whose trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel has won 30 Oklahoma Classics races (no other barn with more than 15). The son of Von Hemel’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse got a spin over turf and two turns in an open company allowance last time, which could prove the perfect steppingstone.

The Ticket:
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-Remington Park photo