Oaklawn Park Picks: Princessdreamcess towers on March 27

The gate is at-the-ready ... Oaklawn Park has a Sunday card that will inaugurate the start of Arkansas Derby Week! Enjoy these free picks from turfwriter J.N. Campbell, below ...
The gate is at-the-ready ... Oaklawn Park has a Sunday card that will inaugurate the start of Arkansas Derby Week! Enjoy these free picks from turfwriter J.N. Campbell, below ...

Oaklawn Park Picks - Sunday, March 27, 2022

  • Race 1: 3-1-5-4
  • Race 2: 6-1-5-9
  • Race 3: 7-4-2-8
  • Race 4: 3-1-10-4
  • Race 5: 2-6-4-8
  • Race 6: 2-8-3-5
  • Race 7: 9-8-4-2
  • Race 8: 5-1-3-6
  • Race 9: 2-9-3-7
  • **Most Likely: Princessdreamcess #9 (Race 7)**
  • **Best Value: Awesome Saturday #7 (Race 3)**

Oaklawn Park is situated in the bustling "university town" of Hot Springs ... a university town of horse racing to put it cleverly ...

The southern town is playing host to an extended festival with their customary charm. Betting options are the best in the country! The celebrated home of Arkansas Thoroughbred culture is switching gears and moving to 4 days of racing in-a-row to make-up for lost time due to cancellations last month. What a treat!

As we move ahead towards Arkansas Derby Day in early April, a Kentucky Derby "Points" race, let us be your guide. At Horseracing.net/us we have you covered, including all of the action! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! 

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 7: Princessdreamcess #9, 2/1):

Flying P Stable and Robertino Diodoro claimed this runner from Ingrid Mason back in January. It was a complete surprise to her that the Florida bred would be on her way out. In that MC event, the filly by Jess’s Dream was solid down the lane … only yielding to a 1st time starter that absolutely ran out of her shoes. Since then, Diodoro has waited patiently for the right race to come along. Regular rider David Cohen gets the call, and I like this former Mason runner quite a bit. She has what it takes to break her maiden, and Flying P will prove just how shrewd they were getting this one for their stable.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #9

 

Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 3: Awesome Saturday #7, 5/1):

If you are looking for a runner to back on this Sunday that is getting back to a class level that makes a ton of sense, then you better heed this one. Trainer Genaro Garcia has 9 wins out of 70 starts during the Meet, and he has the capability to score any time. This gelding by Any Given Saturday has 29 starts in his career, but only 4 wins. He always seems to be flipping between Starter ALLW Co., and the Claiming ranks. Want another interesting stat … the 8-yr-old has 6 starts at Oaklawn, none were wins, but 3 were “Places.” I think he is poised to break through, especially considering that he is in-form. Running just last week against OC20k open company means that an easier spot like this one, will be appreciated. The best news … David Cabrera gets the call, and as we speak, we all know how well he is riding! If I could get 5/1 on this one, then that would be a dream …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #7 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

 

Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 9: Dirt, 6F, St.ALLW20ks, 4+):

There is nothing like a salty finale at Oaklawn to close out the weekend … and it is the Sunday before the Arkansas Derby! This Starter Allowance has a good group that has drawn-in, and with so many directions to go in, it is sure to bring some value. I am not sure how Ribbons and Medals #2 is 5/1 on the M/L, but that should tell you one of two things … either the race is very tough, or the M/L is ridiculously off … I think it might be a bit of both. Trainer Martin watched Geo Franco rally this gelding by To Honor and Serve just in the nick of time earlier this month. If he is sharp late like that again against an easier field, then I do not see how he misses. His fitness is high, but I doubt I will be the only one noticing it. As far as some other runners that could get a piece of the prize money, you would do well to take a hard look at Robertino Diodoro’s Cumberland Avenue #9. Here is an M&M sprinter that also won his last race right at the wire, and his conditioner is sending the son of First Samurai right back into the fray. He is fast, and has the wheels to prove it. Are we looking at a blanket finish in this race? As far as early speed goes, I think Chris Richard’s King of the Court #8 or Tom Van Berg’s The Queens Jules #1 will vie for the lead early on. One is ratcheting down in class (#8), while the other (#1) is going up. I am intrigued by Richard’s entry, because I liked this one when he was with Karl Broberg down at Delta. He is a good Speightstown sprinter … Let’s use all of these “short trackers,” plus we need to also include Tim Martin’s Ultimate #7 and Aaron Shorter’s Don’t Forget #3. Both of these “fit” here, and could be worth including … here is the wager!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 2/9 w 2/9 w 1/3/7/8 w 1/3/7/8

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