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Oaklawn Park pick and free handicap for Arkansas Derby Day April 2


Oaklawn Park is nestled in the “college town” of Hot Springs…a horse racing college town that is…

The southern hamlet hosts an extended party with their customary welcome! The betting options are the best in the country! Arkansas’ famed Thoroughbred Culture House just hosted its own Derby Day…but race weekend isn’t over yet! A 9-race map is in place, and we’re with you for all the big contests on earth!

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 2: Capture Glory #7, 9/2):

Lindsay Schultz’s rise to the Hot Springs Meet was welcome and fun to watch. Owned by Ten Strike Racing, this 8 year old gelding is back at the lowest level ever. I was very surprised that this son of Scat Daddy was not “claimed” in the last “shake” just a few weeks ago. With the right trip, the Schultz sprinter has the ability to get to Larry Snyder’s winner’s circle. Having Francisco Arrieta, one of the leaders of the jockey colony, is just another reason to support this seasoned rider.

Bet Recommendation: $100 Won, #7

Quirky game of the day: (Course 5: Summer in Malibu #7, 4/1):

Looking for value on this Sunday map, I landed on a class riser from rider Tom Vance. The last time the Malibu Moon colt took to the track at Hot Springs was against MSW90k Co. He won well, having rated well throughout the race. Maybe it qualifies as an “easy trip”, but winning is winning…he did it with Chel-C Bailey on board. She takes over the pilot duties and I like the chances of this one. Others in this race will take a lot of money, and that makes me think the tote will register a much higher price than 4/1… the M/L rating. Bet this one on all counts… what a return it will bring!

Stake recommendation: $100 bankroll, WPS number of graduated bet ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

Featured Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 1½, Temperence Hill S., $150,000, 4+):

A distance contest in Oaklawn… there are a few throughout the meeting… The flagship horse entered in this spot is that of Robertino Diodoro Lonely rock #1. The 7-year-old tried stiffer company when his trainer signed him up for the Razorback (G3). Plainsman, his stable mate Thomas Shelby and Popular Kid were by far the best, and it was clear that the son of Majestic Warrior felt more comfortable “going longer”. With 5 other people drawn in, I definitely think there are legitimate threats to be had here. It’s fascinating to watch Dallas Stewart Last Samurai #2 come back to the fold. The international traveler was recently in Singapore for a Handicap for owner Willis Horton Racing…a turf contest which he finished 3rd…Let’s not forget that this son of Malibu Moon was also in the Razorback (G3), but he has finished 7th. Using these two runners who are clearly down makes sense, but when it comes to a top selection, I’m motivated enough to support the “other” Diodoro entry…the class jump Goalkeeper #5. This “tender” was ultra impressive just a few weeks ago in a 1½ ALLW106kn3L in Oaklawn. The gelding by Bodemeister blew the pack away that afternoon, with David Cohen aboard. Climbing the ladder won’t be easy, but this one has a good level of fitness. He could be the “player” and the “prize” of the day. Here’s the bet… with Goalkeeper #5 start everything.

Wagering recommendation: $2 Trifecta Wheel, 5 w 1/2 w 1/2

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