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2023 Remington Park Oaks Preview & FREE Picks | Merlazza Mighty Tough To Beat For Cox
Merlazza (Coady Photography)

2023 Remington Park Oaks Preview & FREE Picks | Merlazza Mighty Tough To Beat For Cox

Dr. Miranda previews the 2023 Remington Park Oaks (G3) from Remington Park, then gives her top picks & long shots.

The Brad Cox-trained Merlazza looks mighty tough to beat as the 2/1 morning line favorite, but who does the notorious “Cox chalk” hater Dr. Miranda like to take home the top prize? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

The Oaks drew a field of eight for the 1-1/16 miles with Merlazza pegged as the morning-line favorite at 2-1 odds.

The Remington Park Oaks is race nine of 10 on Sept. 24 with a scheduled post time of 7:14pm.

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Owned by Don Alberto Stable of Lexington, Ky., Merlazza is trained by Brad Cox and will be ridden by Prat. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is seeking her first graded stakes win after finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in May and then fourth in the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks at Horseshoe Indianapolis in July.

Cox has never won the Remington Park Oaks while Prat scored in 2021 with Lady Mistify.

Ancient Peace, from the barn of trainer Brian Lynch, is the second morning-line favorite at 5-2 odds. Ancient Peace was second in the Grade 2 Summer Oaks at Santa Anita in June and then finished 10th over the turf in the Grade 2, San Clemente at Del Mar in July.

The field for the Remington Park Oaks, by program and post position, with jockey, trainer and morning-line odds:

  1. Perfect Wish: Floyd Wethey, Jr., Jayde Gelner, 10-1
  2. Merlazza: Flavien Prat, Brad Cox, 2-1
  3. Magic Bubbles: Joel Rosario, Steve Asmussen, 10-1
  4. Honor D Lady: Tyler Conner, Saffie Joseph, Jr., 9-2
  5. Nomadic Pride: Cristian Torres, Thomas Amoss, 6-1
  6. Appropriated Funds: Iram Diego, Jaylan Clary, 8-1
  7. Love Tank: David Cabrera, Ray Ashford, 20-1
  8. Ancient Peace: Rafael Bejarano, Brian Lynch, 5-2