Oaklawn Park Picks: Martha Washington, Southwest, and King Cotton Stakes highlight January 29

Oaklawn Park has quite a card on this Saturday, which includes a trio of stakes races ... plus, an undercard that will test your handicapping skills!
Oaklawn Park has quite a card on this Saturday, which includes a trio of stakes races ... plus, an undercard that will test your handicapping skills!

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Oaklawn Park Picks - Saturday, January 29, 2022

  • Race 1: 4-1-3-7
  • Race 2: 8-1-10-9
  • Race 3: 9-5-6-4
  • Race 4: 1-3-4-6
  • Race 5: 7-2-6-12
  • Race 6: 12-9-3-11
  • Race 7: 8-2-5-10
  • Race 8: 1-8-7-3
  • Race 9: 8-10-1-4
  • Race 10: 6-4-9-1
  • Race 11: 2-4-8-5
  • **Most Likely Winner: Barber Road #8 (Race 9)**
  • **Best Value: Ethereal Road #2 (Race 11)**

Celebrated Oaklawn Park is like a college town ... a college town of horse racing, that is ... Hot Springs is celebrating some glorious racing. This Saturday, we have three stakes races which will support a superb card. The Martha Washington S. is a KYOaks Points race for 3-yr-old fillies, the Southwest S. is a Kentucky Derby Points route for 3-yr-old colts, and the King Cotton S. is a "BT" for older male sprinters. It is sure to bring some value, and we have you covered with a Late Pick 4 ticket today!

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LEG 1: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 1/16th, ALLW100k, 4+)

The Saturday Late Pick 4 at Oaklawn Park commences with this tough ALLW Co. contest that has $100k in the kitty. Nothing like racing in Hot Springs … This is a salty match, and as is customary just off Central Ave., it is full of options. Though tempted … I don’t want to hit the “All” button and just move on. We need to watch the budget, but having given such a speech, I still want to go pretty deep.

I am intrigued by the 2 runners from Robertino Diodoro’s midst, Palace Coup #1 owned by Mike Sisk’s M&M Racing, and John Holleman’s Indimaaj #7. They each have their own attributes … the former did not do much running last time out in a similar. That can change this time around with the normal green and white-clad David Cohen in the saddle. I like this angle quite a bit because the gelding by Bernardini clearly has talent. Three races back, he just missed at Keeneland in one of those tough Clm Co. events—and to boot, he was 2nd, despite unruliness in the gate. As for the other red/white/green entry from Diodoro, this 7-yr-old might end up being the race time “fave.” Ramon Vazquez has this assignment, what with Cohen taking the other half of the uncoupled entry. There is much to like about this well-bred son of Tapit. He always shows up to play, and has routed nicely in a couple of attempts already at Oaklawn. Still looking for his 1st win on-track, this could be his moment. Let’s use both of these runners, since they have the moxie, but as I said, others entice too.

Leaving out Brad Cox’s entry, Fan Club #8, is probably not a good plan. Here is a talented colt by Street Sense, owned by the fluor-pink of Gary and Mary West. The power of Cox continues at the Meet, and he has managed this one well. After shipping down to his southern base at Fair Grounds (3rd in MSW45k), he returned to OP with a hammer down in another MSW Co. race. Expert rider, Florent Geroux got the call, and will once again. The class hike is a bit of a concern, but the talent/potential here, from a hot barn, is undeniable. Must use … A few others to think about are Steve Asmussen’s Calibrate #9 (classy), Jerry Hollendorfer’s SoCal-ex Divine Armor #6, and last but not least, Al Cates’ sporty-looking (and sounding), Quarterback Dak #3. Those should give us the opportunity to get us through to the next round …

Selections: 1/3/6/7/9 (5-Deep)


LEG 2: (Race 9: Dirt, 1 1/16th, Southwest S. (G3), $750k, 3)

Rolling into the KYD148 Points race of the day (10-4-2-1), is one of many highlights at Oaklawn during its Meet. The Southwest is always a fun one, and we all remember last year when it was delayed after the region was socked by ice and a good bit of snow. Cox’s “EQ” won in the end, once the race did make, but this time around we have a much different situation. Talk about tough … that is putting it mildly. There is some really opportunity here, what with the way in which Pat Pope drew this one up. I can tell you right now, I am going to play against Kenny McPeek’s Dash Attack #2, and look elsewhere. I realize the colt by Munnings is undefeated (won Smarty Jones $250k in the slop), but I keep thinking that David Cohen has gotten away with dream trips each time. I am predicting that today will not go his mount’s way. Instead, my top selection is from the excellent barn of John Ortiz. Owned by Wss Racing, Barber Road #8 is going strong, and I know this will be his “graded” coming-out-party. Ricardo Santana is … Ricardo Santana once again … His numbers are looking great, and he has a renewed sense of confidence after a fall slump that seems, all but forgotten. This son of Race Day looks like he is able to get the distance, and already ran nicely @OP—2nd to Dash Attack #2 in the Smarty. I doubt seriously that his price on the tote will be 5/1, but no matter … he is my top play. Since it is another large field, let’s also use the well-drawn Dallas Stewart runner, Ben Diesel #1, the double-digit-priced Kavod #4 out of Chris Hartman’s outfit, the nifty Ron Moquett ace from Remington’s Springboard Mile $400k named Osbourne #6, and finally, a horse trained by someone named Baffert that will be ridden by a jock you might have heard, Johnny Velazquez—Newgrange #10. Each of these makes a ton of sense because they have a hot trainer angle, or are coming off a performance that should have been much better. A mix of prices will keep us in the hunt to cash a nice ticket …

Selections: 1/4/6/8/10 (5-Deep)


LEG 3: (Race 10: Dirt, 6F, King Cotton S. $150k, 4+)

I have already gone 5x5, and that means we have spent some money. The good news is that I have a very strong opinion in this next spot—the dash called the King Cotton 150k. I am going to steer clear of the returning 1-2 horse combination from last year’s race of Steve Asmussen’s Boldor #8 (1st), and Ron Moquett’s Seven Nation Army #9 (2nd). I am going to stick with Asmussen, and back his celebrated runner that caused quite a stir a year ago named Nashville #6. Everyone was excited to see this sprinter get back to work in December at Oaklawn, and it seemed like the masses were convinced he was ready. I thought Hollis #1, who is drawn-in here, was a much better option, especially since Asmussen’s son of Speightstown needed at least one race under his saddle. I was correct … Florent Geroux had difficulty holding the lead, and one could conclude the fitness just wasn’t there. Now, with some calibration in place, the 5-yr-old is ready to redeploy. He will do well, and even though he will have to contend with Mark Glatt’s invader, Collusion Illusion #4, late in the game … I think he has the gears to get this done. That is why he will be a “Single” for me …

Selections: 6 (Single)


LEG 4: (Race 11: Dirt, 1 1/16th, MSW84k, 3)

The finale … we made it … and what’s in front of us, roadblocking the way to the window? A really challenging MSW Co., one-and-done tourney, for 3-yr-old colts. This will be a no holds barred slugfest, and the field is set at a baker’s dozen (includes an AE #13). Keeping in mind the price of this ticket, I think I can afford to go 4-Deep, and still keep this 50-cent ticket right at an ole’ Sam Grant--$50.00. It is hard to believe that anyone in this race will top Brad Cox’s Quick to Blame #4, once the tote starts flickering late on Saturday. The colt by Blame was solid on debut at Churchill Downs, and then again at Oaklawn back on 18 December. He extended nicely when going longer, and that was over a messy muddy track. Florent Geroux had the call, and will again this afternoon. I like him, but when it comes to a top choice, I am more interested in the budding talent of D. Wayne Lukas’ Ethereal Road #2. The “Coach” has this son of Quality Road working back from a 3rd place result. He did not have the ability to keep up with Cox’s entry that day, but it showed a ton of progression going longer. Quality Road is a sire with strong bloodlines for routing, and unsung Luis Contreras gets the call … an opportunity for him. Let’s use both of these previously mentioned colts, but also include Jerry Hollendorfer’s Life On the Nile #5, and Kenny McPeek’s Mistical Curlin #8. These should be good prices when this race rings the bell, and I like their last performances (@OP / @CD) … great potential. You are going to get a couple of solid riders in Tiago Pereira and David Cohen. That should sufficiently give us options, and some good odds. What a way to end this superb Late Pick 4 ticket … here’s to another profitable afternoon in Hot Springs!

Selections: 2/4/5/8 (4-Deep)


Ticket: 1-3-6-7-9 / 1-4-6-8-10 / 6 / 2-4-5-81

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