There’s a 10 race Friday card as we start the second to last week of racing at the Oaklawn Park meet. There’s a nice optional claiming/allowance sprint as the featured 9th race, where I think Go West (#2) has a distinct advantage over his rivals. First post today is 12:10 (CT).
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|Race||Top Pick||A||B||C||Exotics Menu|
|2||9||9||5||DBL, PK3, PK4|
|6||6||6||3||DBL, PK3, PK5|
|7||3||3,4,11||13||DBL, PK3, PK4|
I don’t care for the favorite, Blow Torch (#10), in this $12,500-$10,000 N3L claiming race, so I’ll make Drifter (#4) the top pick. He was well-beaten against a much better field in starter allowance company last time out. He likes this course, winning twice and finishing in the money 5 of 9 times overall. McKnight and Saez have won 25% of their races together at this meet, both performing significantly better than their overall stats.
There’s a lot of early speed signed on in this optional $60K claiming/$60K starter allowance race, which should give the perfect setup to the morning line favorite, Cactus (#6). He ran well to be third in the Hot Springs Stakes four weeks ago. He’s a perfect 2-2 while sprinting, winning with $30K maiden claimers on debut and then beating a similar field in the slop in February. Morse doesn’t have good numbers with runners going from routes to sprints, but I can look past that in this instance, because I think there are too many other positive signs.
Fair Grounds invader, Marina’s Gold (#5) is the live longshot of the day for me, starting off at 15-1 on the morning line. She was awesome three starts back, dominating a $25K-$20K N2L claiming field. She ran twice at this level in New Orleans, and finished off the board while having a few less than ideal trips. She has been given a brief break and now comes to a spot where I think she’ll be able to sit a better trip for her new connections. I see the shorter prices in this spot being a bit vulnerable, so she feels like good value in this race today.