One of the best racetracks in the world is Oaklawn Park ... Since 1904, the Cella Family has invested, and re-invested in the sport. Once again, their Meet begins, but now it is earlier ... in December! Below you will find targeted analysis and all of our selections from OP!
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Brad Cox kicks off the new Oaklawn Meet with much promise. His 2021 has been nothing short of stellar. His ability to command entries at racecourses from Indiana Downs to the Fair Grounds, reflects the magnificent team behind him. I think this colt should win handily against this short field. Last out at Churchill Downs in an ALLW Co. contest, the son of Street Sense just missed with a furious rally. Now, jockey Florent Geroux is taking over the controls. With Lasix, that is an angle that ‘cappers can get behind. Trust in Cox …
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #5
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Money Mike #2, 5/1):
The team of Norm Cash and Reylu Gutierrez are going to try and win this one for Built Right Stables. They have a well-bred colt who looks poised to come to Oaklawn and score. Into Mischief is the world’s leading sire, commanding a stud fee of $750k. His progeny continues to do well in the highest classes of races in North America. Right now, this one is as fit as can be, after a win at the Waiver MC level at Churchill Downs. I like the ability of Gutierrez when it comes to the dirt. To my eye, he is a budding talent with the capability of taking on the best. Here is to hoping this runner will ratchet towards 8/1 on the tote board … wouldn’t that be something!
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 9: Dirt, 1 1/16th, Mistletoe S., $150k, 3F):
The “feature” on the Saturday card at Oaklawn is this contest … the Mistletoe S.! Barns will look to use this race as a springboard to bigger, and better things in Spring 2022. Once again, Brad Cox has the advantage with an uncoupled entry … Marion Francis #1 and Amendment Nineteen #9. Of these 2, I am rather persuaded by the latter. This filly by Constitution was sharp as can be coming back to Churchill in a high-level ALLW Co. race. With Florent Geroux in the irons, this runner could be the one to watch late in the game. I like Cox’s plays, but really and truly, I am going to try and beat them with Steve Asmussen’s Willful Woman #2. This daughter of Nyquist did not care for the slop at Churchill back on 12 November. That is probably why she finished 8th, but some would point to the cold riding of Ricardo Santana. He just has not had the numbers of late, and a falling out with the HOF trainer is not surprising. Asmussen can be tough on jockeys, and the longtime relationship appears on the skids. With Ramon Vasquez taking over the duties, it will be interesting to see how this pair makes out. Rounding out the ticket I have constructed here, I have one more trick up my sleeve. Trainer Bret Calhoun is a sharp fellow, and he sends Lovely Ride #10 into the fray. She is accomplished at some of the lower “Graded” levels, and even though she did not ship well into Remington Park last time, I think she has ability. Her past efforts speak to being able to hang with the best that this race has to offer. Let’s put her in, and see if we can get this ticket cashed!
Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 2 w 1/9/10 w 1/9/10 w 1/9/10