Oaklawn Park Picks: Moquett's Upstriker a Pick on Sunday January 2

Oaklawn is tuned-up once again for a run on Sunday … Check out these selections below!
Oaklawn is tuned-up once again for a run on Sunday … Check out these selections below!

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Oaklawn Park Picks - Sunday, January 2, 2022

  • Race 1: 9-1-3-2
  • Race 2: 2-8-10-9
  • Race 3: 6-8-1-3
  • Race 4: 1-3-6-5
  • Race 5: 8-11-1-2
  • Race 6: 8-4-1-3
  • Race 7: 13-6-9-7
  • Race 8: 7-11-10-2
  • Race 9: 9-4-1-8
  • **Most Likely Winner: Perfect Happiness #1 (Race 4)**
  • **Best Value: Napa Valley #13 (Race 7)**
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Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 4: Perfect Happiness #1, 7/2):

Trainer Brad Cox is just getting warmed up in Hot Springs, and everyone needs to be warned … when the reigning Eclipse Award winner gets going, he can be unstoppable. This daughter of Majesticperfection already has a win over the Oaklawn dirt back in December, and she is looking for more. Florent Geroux guided her ably last time to a score. The effort was from just off the pace, and I would expect a repeat of last time. Cox finds ways to spot his charges, and I like this level as yet another chance for a score.  

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #1

 

Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 7: Napa Valley #13, 20/1):

I do not normally pick an “AE,” but this is one of those instances where it might be necessary. I am hoping that Norm Cash's newly-turned 3-yr-old by Flatter is ready to make his 3rd start for the barn. I know he might not look like much, but this is a hunch play. At max odds, I like the action, and I would like to see David Cabrera rise to the occasion. Watch out for this one, if he makes it in. You do not see a 5-day runbacker all that much in horse racing ... What is this, 1932? Cash has confidence in this one, and I do too. 

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #13 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

 

Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 6F, AOC50k, 4+):

This race, an AOC50k, looks awfully tough. Once again, Brad Cox and Steve Asmussen will do battle. The latter wrestled the Churchill Nov. Training Title away from former. Now, they send Full Impact #10 and Whiskey Double #11 up against one another. Cox's 5-yr-old by Street Sense only has 2 races under his belt, which is rather remarkable, especially considering the current state of the sport. Gary and Mary West had this one with Kelly Breen, but now he comes to the Cox Barn. Back at Aqueduct, and before that, Monmouth, he ran every opponent off the track. Let's face it, Oaklawn, and its competition, are going to be a different kettle of fish. I much prefer Asmussen's entry, but even with Ricardo Santana, it will not be a cinch coming off-the-bench. We have not seen this son of Into Mischief since late May. I want to use both of these fine runners, but as for a tip-top choice, I think Ron Moquett's Upstriker #7 looks best. This colt by Upstart looks primed for a breakthrough score. He has a win over the track, and it was a good one by 6-lengths back in early May. David Cabrera, who was just speaking about, appears to work well with this conditioner. It would be nice to see Moquett, a local Hot Springs mainstay, get this win!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Box, 7/10/11 

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