Oaklawn Park Picks: Cox v. Asmussen in the Friday Feature January 7

The starting gate is ready ... it is another long weekend of racing at Oaklawn Park. Time to head into the heart of the Meet ... Check out these selections below!
The starting gate is ready ... it is another long weekend of racing at Oaklawn Park. Time to head into the heart of the Meet ... Check out these selections below!

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Oaklawn Park Picks - Friday, January 7, 2022

  • Race 1: 2-7-1/1A-5
  • Race 2: 9-2-6-8
  • Race 3: 4-8-1-6
  • Race 4: 5-7-2-8
  • Race 5: 11-12-6-8
  • Race 6: 8-7-1-3
  • Race 7: 6-5-12-10
  • Race 8: 2-4-6-7
  • Race 9: 8-3-12-9
  • **Most Likely Winner: Warrior's Battle #8 (Race 6)**
  • **Best Value: Freudian Fate #5 (Race 4)**

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 6: Warrior’s Battle #8, 4/1):

Trainer Brad Cox is starting to get his stable moving in the new year at Oaklawn, and you know what that means … He has a filly by Khozan that is coming back to the track looking to make a leap up in class. Last out in an MC40k on 5 December, she was absolutely stellar, winning easily by 7+ lengths. Florent Geroux was on her that day, and will be again this time. With a speed fig like she posted last time, it is easy to see why she can win. This is Oaklawn … the cream rises to the top!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #8

 

Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 4: Freudian Fate #5, 5/1):

Owner Maggi Moss is a force in the business, and she invests in some quality runners. Trainer Jason Barkley took this 6-yr-old by Freud on after Chris Hartman had her for a minute. Sending her into ALLW Co. @OP on 19 December was not a positive move, if you look at how she finished. The race just gave her all kinds of problems, so it will be interesting to see how she reacts at this level. Taking a step forward is not going to be easy, but she has a shot with one of Hot Springs’ best … Francisco Arrieta. That … and her price of 5/1, or higher … could make her an overlay.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #5 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

 

Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 Mile, AOC80k, 3F):

A 1 Mile affair that finishes in the short stretch at Oaklawn is going to ably serve as the “feature.” In this OC80k edition, it is the 3-yr-old fillies who take center stage. A focal point will be the match-up between trainers Steve Asmussen and Brad Cox. They continue to do battle in races like these, and you can bet that this is going to be a fun one. Others will try to take them on, and that only makes for a more interesting story that will unfold. Asmussen conditions Waterworks #7 for Clark Brewster, and she is a filly by Mosler that tried to make a move as a 2-yr-old from MSW Co. into a “Non-G” race at Laurel. She was bet by the public, but did not reward them, ending up 5th out of 8. A comeback race in early December followed at Aqueduct at the same level as this race. Again, she was off-the-board. You have to wonder about this filly, and if she is just trying to find her spot. Maybe coming to Oaklawn’s dirt will be the ticket. Jockey Ricardo Santana and his trainer reunite for this battle. As for Cox, he has a pair that are drawn in. It looks like Famed #6 will get quite a bit of play, after this well-bred filly by Uncle Mo is dropping out of the Golden Rod (G2). She was 4th in that contest, and looks classy enough to scoop this field, as Florent Geroux (the only one to ride her in 3 starts) is back aboard. I actually like her stablemate more. Ice Baby #2 was at the Fair Grounds back on 17 December, and she won convincingly in a MSW32k sprint going 6F. I am betting she can, and wants, to go longer. I do love those that are sired by Frosted, and this one is going to be an excellent price at 8/1. The addition of Francisco Arrieta is solid news too. His record speaks for itself, even if he rarely works with Cox. One other runner I want to use on this ticket is from the Lauer Barn. Torte #4 was excellent @OP back in mid-December, and she was 2nd in an OC80k sprint at crazy odds—55/1. Jon Court urged her on late in the game, and she clearly outran her price on the tote. If you look through her past form, she has some nice efforts, and maybe one of these days she is going to break through with a major win. Let’s use her in a Trifecta Wheel, and see if we can cash a ticket! Cox wins this one …

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Wheel, 2 w 4/6/7 w 4/6/7

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