Oaklawn Picks: $2 Presidents' Day Exacta on February 21

Oaklawn boasts the best Presidents' Day card in the country ... check out these selections, along with a Trifecta ticket that you will not want to miss!
Oaklawn boasts the best Presidents' Day card in the country ... check out these selections, along with a Trifecta ticket that you will not want to miss!

Oaklawn Park Picks - Monday, February 21, 2022

  • Race 1: 2-4-3-8
  • Race 2: 3-5-2-8
  • Race 3: 7-10-6-2
  • Race 4: 10-3-6-12
  • Race 5: 3-6-5-7
  • Race 6: 6-2-1/1A-10
  • Race 7: 8-10-2-7
  • Race 8: 5-2-4-1
  • Race 9: 7-11-5-2
  • **Most Likely Winner: Fastest Spin #7 (Race 3)**
  • **Best Value: Torin #2 (Race 1)**

With the Monday holiday (Presidents' Day), historic Oaklawn Park is like a college town ... a college town of horse racing to be precise ... Hot Springs is hosting an extended festival with some superb racing. Betting options are the best in the country! We are facing the finale of 4 days of wonderful racing from the celebrated home of Arkansas Thoroughbred culture!

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Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 3: Fastest Spin #7, 3/1):

Trainer Karl Broberg is starting to thaw out at the Oaklawn Meet, and everyone better watch out. He claimed this filly by Hard Spun from the barn of Genaro Garcia back in early January. After the requisite jail time, this talented filly is going to try the same level. That should prove to be a cinch, what with the hot riding of David Cabrera. He jumps aboard again, and I think if you could get 3/1 on this one, it would be a dream. I am sure that this runner will get nabbed again, minutes after she visits the Larry Snyder Winner’s Circle. Nice talent … “Claiming Game” on …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #7


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 1: Torin #2, 20/1):

Oaklawn is the home of “value,” and I want to back a long shot on this Prez Day card … a Harry Truman-type, if you know what I mean. John Cox (not to be confused with Brad), doesn’t train many, but he does have a win during the Meet. Here is a gelding by Flashback that has seen nothing but muddy tracks on a pair of occasions in Hot Springs. It might happen again, if the weather doesn’t hold. Dodging raindrops is something this one can do, what with some early speed to his credit. I think the Cox Team gets a rider upgrade in Chel-C Bailey. With a solid break from this bug, her mount has a chance to track early. If the pace can hold together, then this 5-yr-old will having something to run into. The price on him is going to be exorbitant … a juicy 20/1, at least. Bailey is a fighter, and I like her chances (78/7-5-3).

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #2 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 Mile, AOC80k, 4+):

Simply put … Race 8 could be a stakes contest, anywhere else in the country. A high-level OC80k was drawn incredibly by Pat Pope in the Racing Office. A quick glance through the form, and I am of course, impressed to see John Ortiz’s Mucho #2. This is a 6-yr-old that is quite a celebrity. What makes him so impressive is that he always … I mean, always, comes to play. This son of Blame is loaded with class, and he is going to be a very tough customer on Monday afternoon. He does not mind a wet track, and he is fit as can be. Not only is he dropping in class today, but he also gets the services of regular rider, Reylu Gutierrez. If this runner is on his game, I am not sure anyone can beat him. I am going to try and take him on, but I do not think that Concert Tour #8, C Z Rocket #3, or Necker Island #4 have the moxie to do it. If there is an older male that does, then I think it’s Brad Cox’s Wells Bayou #5. Coming back to the track for his 5-yr-old debut, some will be concerned by the long layoff. The last time we saw this 5-yr-old by Lookin At Lucky, it was in the very difficult Oaklawn Mile $400k. He was 3rd that day to the now-retired By My Standards. I am happy to see this one for Cox come back for another campaign. At both Keeneland and Oaklawn, he has worked well. This conditioner needs no introduction, and we know that this one will be prepared. Once again, Florent Geroux gets the call. His talent is undeniable. Here is a horse that has matured. Time to go ice-cold … check it out!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 5 w 2


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