Oaklawn Park Picks & Betting Analysis for December 18

Oaklawn Park is set for another weekend of excellent racing! The raindrops will be fallen, but that should not dampen the betting spirits.
Oaklawn Park is set for another weekend of excellent racing! The raindrops will be fallen, but that should not dampen the betting spirits.

Celebrated Oaklawn Park is like a college town ... a college town of horse racing, that is ... Hot Springs is not only celebrating the Christmas Season, but also some glorious racing. It should be an absolute blast!

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 6: Flatoutjustice #9, 6/1):

I know it seems odd to back a “Most Likely Winner” that could be in excess of 5/1 on the tote. But I have a strong feeling about this one, and I think Randy Matthews has this gelding by Flat Out pointed in the right direction. He has 48 starts to his credit, and though only 4 of those were wins, I think this spot could be right. Running at Oaklawn is tough, but the folks at Ten Strike Racing invest in some good ones. With Cristian Torres in the saddle, I think this one is a bet. He was double-entered, and Matthews chose to scratch him from the Claiming contest that he was entered in … that speaks to confidence. Let’s play this one to win!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #9

 

Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 1: Pit Boss #4, 6/1):

There is some major upside to this gelding by Union Rags, and it should not go unnoticed. Even though his speed figs maybe are not exactly where they need to be, the 4-yr-old has a strong late leg kick. If he can get some fairly stiff fractions, then that should help get this one home for Norm Cash. He already has a good Meet going, and I like the talent of Kylee Jordan. She gets the weight relief, and can add another win on her Oaklawn experience.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #4 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

 

Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 9: Dirt, 1 1/8th, The Tinsel S., $200k, 3+):

With all the weather rolling through Arkansas, it is tough to know how the track will setup on Saturday. What we do know is that probably the best runner in Robertino Diodoro’s stable, Lone Rock #2 is back at it, after he shipped to Del Mar to run on the BC undercard. He won in fine style in that Grade 2 race, and deserves to be the favorite in this spot. It is a class drop to be sure, and I would expect the 6-yr-old gelding by Majestic Warrior to be well-bet. If Ramon Vasquez gets a decent break, and can rate efficiently, then he probably scores. I am all for playing against this one because I just don’t see much in the way of value. I see this really as a 2-horse race, and would not be surprised to see Brad Cox’s Warrior’s Charge #7 gaming with Diodoro’s ace down the lane. They are both so classy, but I think that Cox’s 5-yr-old is overdue for a score. With Florent Geroux in the irons, he knows this one through and through. What a rubber match this is going to be!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 7 w 2

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Enjoy another fab Saturday trackside! Best of luck on another run at Oaklawn Park!

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