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Juju’s Map Heavily Favored Over Seven Rivals In Remington Park Oaks

Juju’s Map wins the Darley Alcibiades under Florent Geroux

The Grade 3, $200,000 Remington Park Oaks features a field of eight with Grade 1 winner Juju's Map as the heavy morning-line favorite at 1-2 odds.

A winner at age two of the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades at Keeneland in October 2021, Juju's Map then finished second behind Echo Zulu in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies event at Del Mar in November. Owned by Albaugh Family Stables of Des Moines, Iowa and trained by Brad Cox, Juju's Map will attempt to regain her winning ways in the Remington Park Oaks.

The Remington Park Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, will be just the fourth start of 2022 for Juju's Map who will be ridden by Florent Geroux. She won her first race as a 3-year-old in an allowance-optional claiming event at Churchill Downs, on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard in May. Since that score, the talented daughter of Liam's Map from the Flatter mare Nagambie has finished third in two attempts, the Grade 2 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park in June and the Grade 3 Monmouth Park Oaks in July.

An earner of $753,180 from seven attempts, Juju's Map is the top money-maker in the Remington Park Oaks field.

Free Like A Girl is the second-favorite in the morning-line at 5-1 odds. She invades Remington Park after finishing second in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks in late August. Trained by Chasey Deville Pomier, Free Like A Girl will be handled by regular jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr. who has ridden her in 13 straight races.

The top winner in the Remington Park Oaks with eight career triumphs, Free Like A Girl is well-traveled and has won stakes races at Louisiana Downs, Evangeline Downs, Delta Downs and Fair Grounds, all in Louisiana where she was bred. A daughter of El Deal from the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize, Free Like A Girl has won races ranging from five furlongs to 1-1/16 miles.

Local stakes winner Hits Pricey Legacy is the third morning-line favorite at 6-1 odds, for owner, trainer, breeder C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla. The Oklahoma-bred won the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes (filly division) on Sept. 9, at seven furlongs, in her first attempt at age three. A daughter of Den's Legacy from the Concord Point mare High Price Hit, Hits Pricey Legacy was third in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes in December 2021, Remington Park's top open-company stakes event for 2-year-old fillies. She also won the Slide Show Stakes here in November, in a race for state-breds.

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

  1. Rollin Chrome: Alex Baldillez, Jansen Melancon, 20-1
  2. Cleopatras Charge: Scott Young, Floyd Wethey, Jr., 20-1
  3. Free Like A Girl: Chasey Deville Pomier, Pedro Cotto, Jr., 5-1
  4. Hits Pricey Legacy: C.R. Trout, Jose Alvarez, 6-1
  5. Juju's Map: Brad Cox, Florent Geroux, 1-2 (morning-line favorite)
  6. Bionica: Steve Asmussen, Stewart Elliott, 12-1
  7. Hannah's Haven: Jayde Gelner, David Cabrera, 20-1
  8. My Friend Amy: Jayde Gelner, Lane Luzzi, 10-1

The Remington Park Oaks is the ninth of 12 races Sunday at Remington Park with a scheduled post time of 7:08pm. The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby is the headline event in race 11, set for 8;14pm. The first race on Sunday is at 3pm. All times are Central.

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