Oaklawn Racing Preview – 12/17/21 – By Eric Solomon

Due to time constraints this week, I had to narrow down some thoughts on the card today. Just a reminder that Oaklawn will take a break over the holidays, with no racing next week. After Sunday’s program, the next day of racing here will be December 31st.

I’ll be covering this exciting meet on the ITM Blog, along with posting some updates and thoughts from time to time on Twitter @EricSolomon718. Feel free to reach out!


Race Top Pick A B C Exotics Menu
1 2 2,4 6 DBL, PK5
2 6 6 1 DBL, PK3, PK4
3 4 4,6 3 DBL, PK3
4 8 6,8 2 4 DBL, PK3
5 5 5 2 DBL, PK3, PK5
6 7 7 4 2 DBL, PK3, PK4
7 10 1,5,10 DBL, PK3
8 2 2,4 7 DBL
9 5 5,6


Race 1:

Briar Thicket (2) showed enough in her local debut to consider her in this spot. Milana (4) is protected by the waiver after being claimed in her last start back in February. Her lone try here was solid, so she’s worth considering in her first start off the layoff. Miss Alpha Bella (3) and Villareggia (6) have both had too many chances to be favored in this spot. I’ll cover with Villareggia because at the very least, she’s hitting the bottom today, whereas the other has failed at this level in the past.


Race 2: 

Persisto (5) is cross-entered as a MTO horse at the Fair Grounds today. Regardless, he’s a horse that was claimed for $40K two months ago, and makes his first start for $10K. He may be too good for these, but that is a major red flag for me. I’ll opt for Ijustwantahavefun (6) coming in from Indiana after a decent effort when switching back to the main track. Kalalou (1) has ford fresh when going two turns in the past, and has some decent efforts on this course. 


Race 3:

Frankies Moonshine (4) ran a decent race against considerby better horses last out when making her first start since March. She makes sense at this level and could have a forward move. Little Burrito (6) wasn’t great here last season, but ran some respectable efforts at Delaware that could be competitive here. On deeper tickets, Cash LIght (3) could be one would be better next out, but she showed enough in her debut back in May to think that she could be capable at this level. 


Race 4: 

Flatoutjustice (8) was a dominating winner two back at Indiana Grand and was a competitive 4th last out in starter allowance company here against a better field. Post 8 is not ideal, but I like him a decent bit here. Secret Courier (6) drops in class and aims to reboot after two rough tries this summer against better fields. He was certainly sharp here last season. Mine My Time (2) has been a little inconsistent, but he’s capable for sure. I liked his last try in the slop at Hawthorne. Time Heist (4) is a tough sell to me as the morning line favorite, but he is consistent, finishing in the money in six straight tries. Ohio invaders have struggled thus far at this meeting.


Race 5: 

Bicameral (5) looks pretty tough in this race from a pace and class standpoint. I think she is well spotted in her return after finishing a distant third in the Del Mar Debutante. Run the Tap (2) had some trouble early in her debut last month at Churchill, but ran on well enough to think that she is capable of doing more this time around, 


Race 6: 

Chasing Time (7) for Steve Asmussen and MyRacehorse looks very tough in this spot after three solid tries with maidens in Kentucky. He feels like the class of the bunch. In Dreams (4) was a beast last out after a pair of ho-hum tries. I have no idea what to expect, but moving her to a protected spot after that effort shows confidence from the barn. Sonnyisnotsofunny (2) had troubles in stakes company last out. His debut was excellent if he can ever get back to running that type of race. 


Race 7:

I’m not sold on the morning favorites, Lake Nakuru (9) or Centrifuge (7) in this spot, so I’m shopping for prices. Catloic Guilt (10) might have to gun it from the gate, but he’s got the speed and talent to wire this group if he’s right. Katzarelli (1) is third off the layoff and first off the Matt Williams claim. His form at this meet last year fits well with this group. Bourbon Frontier (5) was good when clearing the N1X condition at Delaware last out. He’s an improving three year old taking on older foes here. 


Race 8: 

W W Fitzy (2) ran her best races on this course last season. Her last at Hawthorne signaled that she could be rounding back into her better form. Jilted Bride (4) has never finished off the board in 13 career tries. She third last out in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Stakes at Belmont. 

She’s getting back to a two turn race which is where she’s been the most effective. Coach (7) is unraced since the Kentucky Oaks, where she finished 9th. This is not the easiest field to beat off the layoff though. 


Race 9: 

I don’t love the nightcap here, a race where the morning line favorite,  Hard to Park (5) is 0-22 on this track, never finishing better than third. Beauxmount Beaux (6) comes in from Indiana in decent form for a barn that’s off to a quick start. I think Axis (7) is better than his last. He needs to be engaged early to be at this best though. 



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