Oaklawn Park’s Saturday card is full of awesome dirt racing action. The feature is Race 9, the Purple Martin Stakes. We analyze and try to find a winner in that event. We also make picks for Race 7 and Race 8 on April 4. Pick 3, anyone? Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Saturday, April 4. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, April 4 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Rain Likely
- Temperature: High 67 – Low 55
Oaklawn Park Picks for Saturday, April 4
Race 7 – 5:06 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $61,000 Allowance
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart thought so highly of 3-year-old filly Maryanorginger that he forego traditional maiden events and ran her in the $150K Astoria Stakes last June. Ginger got the win. She has a sparkling work tab for her 2020 debut. This one has a nice turn of foot. If jockey David Cohen pushes the button at the right time, she could sail away from the field.
2019 Kentucky Derby winning trainer Bill Mott saddles Cardamon in Race 7. The Pioneerof the Nile sired runner hasn’t raced since November. But the work tab is consistent, jockey Martin Garcia takes the call, and Cardamon should get a nice trip right behind the speed.
Inthemidstofbiz has the most experience over the Oaklawn dirt. The daughter of Fed Biz has a win and a second at Oaklawn. This will be her fourth race this year, though. So, there’s no telling if, or when, she has a bad race. Consider an exacta box with Cardamon and Maryanorginger because if she’s feeling good, Inthemidstofbiz could go gate-to-wire.
- Win: Maryanorginger
- Place: Cardamon
- Show: Inthemidstofbiz
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 1 1/6 miles Dirt – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Trainer Keith Desormeaux takes his time with young horses, which is why we shouldn’t discount Fort Knox’s chances just because it took the colt 5 races to break its maiden. The Calumet Farm owned equine has worked great leading up to this. Don’t discount for the win.
Who knows how good General Trev could be? The Steve Asmussen runner broke its maiden at first asking. Trev made an excellent 3 to 4 wide move that carried the 3-year-old gelding to the victory. Because the Derby has changed dates to September 5, Steve must be thinking the long game with Trev.
Brad Cox is a heck of a trainer, which is why Answered In could fall from the 3/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds. That makes the Dialed In runner a tough play for the win. But, if Cox has this one ready, the gelding could blow away this field. Answered In went off the favorite in the Grade 3 Southwest, which tells us how much respect this one deserves.
- Win: Fort Knox
- Place: General Trev
- Show: Answered In
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes
The Purple Martin Stakes is deep, which is why Lexi On the Move offers 8/1 on the morning line even though she’s undefeated after 2 starts. Trainer Robertino Diodoro does well with runners in non-graded stakes and the way Lexi On the Move won her first 2 races implies she can hang with these. She’s worth a long look. Especially if she holds the morning line.
Frank’s Rockette finished second in both the Grade 1 Spinaway and the Grade 1 Frizette. Trainer Bill Mott could be using this as a prep for Rockette, though, with the hope that racing resumes in New York in the summer. Also, no way she doesn’t get bet down from that 5/2 morning line Horse Racing Odds. We’ll relegate to second.
John Sadler trained Edgeway broke her maiden at first asking by 5 lengths. She could have won that race by 10, which is why like Frank’s Rockette, her odds should dive from the morning line. She faces other early speed in this, though, making her hard to put on top.
- Win: Leix On the Move
- Place: Frank’s Rockette
- Show: Edgeway