Oaklawn Park has a couple of big races on Friday, April 10. Race 8 is an $80,000 allowance optional claiming event. Race 9 is a $50,000 allowance optional claiming event. We analyze and make picks for those 2 events as well as picks for Race 6, a $30,000 claimer. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Friday, April 10. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 10 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Slight Chance Thunderstorms
- Temperature: High 62 – Low 43
Oaklawn Park Picks for Friday, April 10
Race 6 – 4:36 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $30,000 Claiming
Trainer Tom Amoss stretches Oro de Tejano out after a couple of sprints in a desperate attempt to get the Munnings gelding back into the winner’s circle. Tejano has finished second in 3 straight. Amoss wins 32% with horses going sprint-sprint-route. Amoss also drops from the $34K allowance level.
Verve’s Humor hasn’t lost by less than 10 lengths in any of its last 3 races. But there’s a massive difference between this and the $90K+ allowance races Humor has run in. If $30,000 claiming is the right level, Verve’s Humor can take this.
Jerry Hollendorfer provided the scissors to Shining Through after a loss by 27 lengths in January. Turning this one into a gelding and going turf to dirt could be enough for the show money.
- Win: Oro de Tejano
- Place: Verve’s Humor
- Show: Shining Through
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Steve Asmussen wins 21% first off a layoff, 21% maiden winners last race, and 20% with route runners, which is why Strong Flag gets the nod for win honors in Friday’s feature. Ricardo Santana Jr. rode this one to a 1 ¾ mile win going 1 1/6 miles over the mud. That was the maiden score. Expect Ricardo to get Strong Flag into the winner’s circle again.
Jockey Joe Talamo takes over for Shaun Bridgmohan aboard 5/2 morning line Horse Racing Odds chalk Dreamalildreamofu. Because Brad Cox trains, we can expect the filly to either hold the 5/2 odds or drift down to 2/1. There’s a big knock, though. Dreamalildreamofu broke her maiden over the turf in her last. This is on dirt. Second seems like the best spot for this one.
Dawn’s Dancer broke her maiden at first asking going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf at Fair Grounds. Trainer Christopher Davis put this one in a $75K stakes where she finished seventh. She has yet to race on grass. But because she’s a Curlin sired runner, she’ll have no trouble on the dirt. Still, she seems slightly below Flag and Dream.
- Win: Strong Flag
- Place: Dreamalildreamofu
- Show: Dawn’s Dancer
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
A Ghostzapper sired 4-year-old colt, Nifty has a decent 2-3 record from 7 starts. The Larry Jones trained runner could improve off the second place finish on March 14. That was Nifty’s first race since last June. Although Jones is known more for training fillies and mares, he can get a colt ready to run. Expect Nifty to get the perfect trip behind the speed in this.
Candy Cornell aired in his last. The Robertino Diodoro trainee beat its competition by 4 lengths. A repeat of that all but assures a win. Most horses bounce off top efforts like what Cornell produced, though.
In 2018, Principe Guilherme seemed like a possible American Classic contender. Although Guilherme didn’t make noise in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, or Belmont, the former Steve Asmussen trained runner has picked up steady paychecks throughout his career. The 5-year-old goes first time for Chris Richard. That’s only a 6% winning move. We can’t endorse for the picture, but third place seems possible.
- Win: Nifty
- Place: Candy Cornell
- Show: Principe Guilherme