Oaklawn Park Picks & Late Pick 4 Betting Analysis for December 3

Opening Day! Oaklawn Park is ready to go ... with a new schedule, they are now running in December. Have a look at this Late P4 ticket, and all of our selections below.
Opening Day! Oaklawn Park is ready to go ... with a new schedule, they are now running in December. Have a look at this Late P4 ticket, and all of our selections below.

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It is Opening Day! For the 1st time, Oaklawn Park is expanding its racing calendar ... Now, they begin not in January, but in December. A focal point for racing, they continue to produce a fabulous product from beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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LEG 1: (Race 6: Dirt, 1 1/16th, ALLW10k, 3+)

Kicking off this tough Late Pick 4 sequence is this route, going 2-turns around the OP oval. I am not totally against the venerable M/L favorite, Exemplar #9, but I do think that I trust him enough to get “Single.” Using him makes sense, what with David Cabrera aboard, but I rather like the look of Bentley Combs’ Botswana #7. He owns this one too, and even though this gelding by Graydar failed to hit the board in his only OP start, he ran pretty nicely at 1 1/8th back at Churchill in early November. The capable Francisco Arrieta was aboard then, and gets together with this mount once again. Let’s pair Combs’ entry with Robertino Diodoro’s Tez #6. This is a gelding by The Factor that gets a barn upgrade. A leading trainer in Hot Springs, Diodoro can do magnificent things with claims, and he also makes the choice to go with “Blinkers.” This entry just missed against #9, so looking for some payback might be in order. I am willing to leave the #9 off this ticket, in order to save some scrum for latter part of the P4. Let’s get this Meet off to a great start!

Selections: 6/7 (2-Deep)


LEG 2: (Race 7: Dirt, 6F, MSW84k, 2F)

Coming into this 2nd Leg, I am after 2 kinds of runners … a horse that has seen the racetrack, and another whose sire/dam line speaks to a high percentage of maiden victories. When it comes to the former, it looks like Ingrid Mason has the inside track with her filly, Hypersport #7. This daughter of Blame was awfully good in her debut race at Keeneland back in October. She yielded that day, but for being 31/1, and trying to break her maiden … that was pretty impressive. This time around at Oaklawn she will get Lasix for the 1st time, and the services once again of Francisco Arrieta. Rating nicely … looking under control … those are attributes that you like to see 1st time out … nice building blocks. I want to use her. As for my 1st time starter play, how about the look of the breeding lines that are emanating from Brad Cox’s Firewolves #9. I know accepting 5/2 on a runner like this is not a case for value, but this is Cox we are talking about. Even more impressive is the sire … Practical Joke. What a rising star in the shed this one has become! Working well, she is a filly that has the capability to live up to that 37% “1st Time” out stat. Florent Geroux, who is Cox’s go-to rider, will have the mount. I think going with this pair makes a ton of sense, especially if you have looked at the next race … the opening stakes … whew it is a toughy!

Selections: 7/9 (2-Deep)


LEG 3: (Race 8: Dirt, 6F, Advent S. $150k, 2)

Talk about an advent … the advent of a very difficult race to handicap. The “feature” on this Friday Opening Day card at Oaklawn Park is this “Black Type” contest. This is one of those races where you could simply take the M/L favorite, and “Single.” Steve Asmussen’s Cairama #9 ran in the Nashua (G3) at Belmont, and though he was 5th in the end, is the classiest runner in this field. When it comes to how well he takes to the track at Oaklawn, that is anyone’s guess. Maybe he wins, and that is all she wrote … But, I do not want to take that chance when so much is at stake for our ticket. Let’s err on the side of caution, and hit the “All” button. Tom Amoss’ Higher Standard #10, Dallas Stewart’s B Sudd #6, and Chris Hartman’s Kavod #2 all look possible upset candidates. If one of the longer prices comes in, then we are really in-the-money. To my eye, especially early in the Meet like this (with little to go on), it makes sense to take a position like this one. Moving on …

Selections: 1-10 (ALL)


LEG 4: (Race 9: Dirt, 6F, ALLW10k, F&M 3+)

Rounding out this splendid card is the nightcap, a high-end ALLW Co. race that would probably be a Grade 3 at some other establishment. This is a turn-and-burn, so speed early in the game could make the difference. When it comes to a top selection, I am pretty keen on the exploits of trainer Scott Becker’s Miz Blue #5. I know some might scoff at this selection, but the filly by Big Drama appears to be the real deal. Look at that beautiful ride she went on at Hawthorne in late October. She has speed, and can be lethal out on the engine. I would not go so far as to say that she is a “Single,” but she could be a player in here at a nice price. Anything over 5/1 on her is an overlay in my opinion. Let’s include her, but also toss in Brad Cox’s Palm Cottage #8, Steve Asmussen’s Flash Magic #11, and Chris Hartman’s Code Name Kate #3 because these 3 all have upside. Last but certainly not least, I think that Karl Broberg has a runner worth its salt in Sweet Prayers #9. This mare by Songandaprayer has LA state bred company in her background, and was always consistent in ALLW Co. down at Evangeline and Delta Downs. Those tracks deserve more respect, and so does Broberg. Once again, he is coming to Oaklawn to play against the “Supes.” Watch out folks … that helps us to round out the ticket!

Selections: 3/5/8/9/11 (5-Deep)


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