Oaklawn Park will end Thursday’s card with a bang. On April 30, the Arkansas racetrack’s top two events are the eighth and ninth. The eighth is a $75,000 allowance optional claimer. The ninth is a $61,000 allowance. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Thursday, April 30. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 30 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Partly Sunny
- Temperature: High 82 – Low 62
Oaklawn Park Picks for Thursday, April 30
Race 6 – 4:36 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $35,000 Claiming
As they turn for home, Scoring should be in the best position for the win. The Justin Philips sired runner shows a couple of second place finishes in its first 2 for trainer Federico Villanfranco. Jockey Ramon Vasquez could track Gordy Florida to the top of the stretch before taking over or go for the lead from the outset. Either way, the rest must run down Scoring to win.
The sixth sets up for the Robertino Diodoro trained The Red Dude. The First Dude sired 6-year-old gelding hasn’t raced since February, though. On the plus side, The Red Dude comes back to the track gelded and with decent works on the tab.
Tyler Baze should get a nice stalking trip aboard Aggressivity. The Steve Asmussen trained runner switched out and then ran on to the wire first in its last. That was at the $30,000 level. The slight move up in class won’t hurt this one’s chances for a trifecta finish.
- Win: Scoring
- Place: The Red Dude
- Show: Aggressivity
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $75,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Trainer Bill Mott finally gets Blamed back to her preferred distance, a mile over the dirt. The Blame sired 5-year-old mare last ran in the 7-furlong Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie. She grabbed the lead from the gate but failed to sustain after a 44.3 half-mile. Blamed is 2-for-2 at a mile including a win in the Grade 3 Royal Delta last year.
Fighting Mad could pressure Blamed. Bob Baffert puts the saddle onto the 4-year-old New Year’s Day sired filly. No doubt she’s a contender for the top spot but there are a couple of knocks. She’ll get over played here because it’s Baffert. Also, she hasn’t raced since August 2019.
Fausto Gutierrez trained Letruska is another with a ton of early speed. She cuts back in distance from 1 1/16 miles to a mile. The Super Saver filly won a couple of Grade 1 races in Mexico. She might prefer longer. That last effort was sensational, which means she’s a bounce a candidate in this.
- Win: Blamed
- Place: Fighting Mad
- Show: Letruska
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $61,000 Allowance
This wide-open race calls for a long shot play. Edgemont Road goes first time off the maiden score. Often, that’s a problem. But Edgemont Road won convincingly to break the maiden after running a half-mile in 45.1. William Van Meter wins 17% with his first out maiden winners. The 12/1 morning line is nice.
Haydens Havoc has a ton of speed and runs for 20% first after the claim trainer Brian Williamson. Havoc must break from post-position 12, which means Edgemont Road gets the lead over this one. If the post-positions were reversed, we’d consider placing Haydens Havoc on top.
7/2 morning line chalk Marvin should finish in the top 3. The issue? Marvin has finished second in 4 straight. The Cross Traffic sired runner might be a hanger. To make matters worse, getting to the top pair could be difficult in this bulky field.
- Win: Edgemont Road
- Place: Haydens Havoc
- Show: Marvin