On Thursday, Oaklawn Park has the top racing in the nation. The feature, an $80k allowance optional claiming event, should play out more like a stakes race than a normal horse race. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Thursday, April 23. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 23 at 1:35 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Partly Sunny
- Temperature: High 57 – Low 40
Oaklawn Park Picks for Thursday, April 23
Race 4 – 3:35 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $19,500 Starter AllowanceAround the Dial stretches out for trainer Tom Amoss. Because others in here have more route experience, the Strong Mandate sired 4-year-old gelding offers a 6/1 morning line.
Amoss wins 24% going sprint to route, though. Also, Around the Dial breaks from the rail, meaning jockey Joe Talamo could go for the lead, or lie right off the speed. If he doesn’t get boxed in, Around the Dial could score at decent odds.
Jockey David Cohen must make a trip aboard chalk Moment from post-position 10. That won’t be easy. If Cohen can get Moment to the front from out there before the first turn, the Uncle Mo gelding will be tough to run down. Moment won its last race, a $25,000 waiver claimer, by 5 ¾ lengths. Consider for the win if the odds bounce up from the morning line.
Ernie Banks is fast. While the 5-year-old gelding failed in the Tiznow Stakes in its last, it takes a huge drop in class. Going from Jonathan Wong to Robertino Diodoro, Banks could grab the lead from Moment if that one fails to fire out of the gate. Ernie has a shot but all Diodoro runners get played at Oaklawn.
- Win: Around the Dial
- Place: Moment
- Show: Ernie Banks
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $61,000 Allowance
Luna Fortis should get a good trip in this. Cipriano Contreras claimed this one for $16k back in January. In the filly’s first for Contreras, she finished second by 5 ¼ lengths. Contreras wins 22% second after the claim and 35% with horses going second time for him claim or not. Speed jock Martin Garcia takes the call.
Brad Cox trained Out of Trouble hasn’t raced since January. The Into Mischief sired 6-year-old mare was in bad form before Cox sent her to the bench. She should come out with her best on Thursday. Brad wins 27% with horses going turf to dirt. Not only that but Trouble has a steady work pattern since the January run.
David Vance trained Kiss More might go right to the front under jockey Stewart Elliott. If she runs back to her last race, she can win this. But the More Than Ready 4-year-old filly rarely puts stellar back-to-back races together.
- Win: Luna Fortis
- Place: Out of Trouble
- Show: Kiss More
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Magine goes up in class. Tom Amoss has rocked it with these type of runners, though. Amoss wins 22% with horses going a route of ground first time. Magine won its last race, a 6 furlong event, by 5 ½ lengths. Let’s hope jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan can get this one into a good position from post-position 11 before the first turn. If that happens, Magine could pop at a price.
Trainer William Van Meter wins 27% at the meet. Van Meter’s horse, Lucky Betty, broke her maiden in her last at 1 1/16 miles over Oaklawn’s dirt by 3 ¼ lengths. Jockey Declan Cannon took the lead with her and never looked back. Declan might go for the led again. This time Magine figures to keep Betty company, though.
Don’t be surprised if Steve Asmussen trainee Seattle Slang goes off the favorite. The last out maiden winner scored at 1 mile and 40 yards at the Fair Grounds. Tapit sired this one while Phoenix Thoroughbred III purchased for $600,000. Because Asmussen trains, odds should drop.
- Win: Magine
- Place: Lucky Betty
- Show: Seattle Slang