A couple of stakes race happen at Oaklawn on Friday, April 17. Friday is the warm up to Saturday’s massive card that includes the Count Fleet Stakes and the Apple Blossom. On Friday, Oaklawn runs both he Rainbow Miss Stakes and the Rainbow Stakes. Keep reading for picks for both those races as well as Race 8, a $50K allowance optional claiming event. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Friday, April 17. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 17 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Chance Rain Showers
- Temperature: High 68 – Low 51
Oaklawn Park Picks for Friday, April 17
Race 5 – 4:06 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes
The Rainbow Miss is a state-bred stakes. That means runners that just broke their maiden could run well going maiden to the stakes level. Once such runner is 7/2 on the morning line Choctaw Charlie. The 3-year-old filly lost her first race by a neck back in January. She picked it up big time in her second race in late March, but she lost again, this time by a head. Charlie is sitting on a win. It doesn’t matter that it’s in a stakes.
Sekani has a lot of speed. She gets a nice post, breaking from the outside of Choctaw Charlie. But she lost a state-bred optional claimer by 4 ¾ lengths. How will she hold off Charlie as they turn for home? She won’t. Still, there isn’t a ton of speed in this. So, she’s a logical equine to fill out the exacta.
Jockey Martin Garcia sticks with The Mary Rose, a Macho Uno sired 3-year-old. The filly lost by a nose in her last. That was in an allowance. Rose’s speed ratings are somewhat light for a stakes race. She could run well enough to get third.
- Win: Choctaw Charlie
- Place: Sekani
- Show: The Mary Rose
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
There’s a ton of early speed in this. Why not go for an overlay closer that can take advantage? Operation Stevie provided a respectable run to finish fourth in its last. The 8-year-old gelding, no doubt, will get lost in the betting. That means, we could get more than the 15/1 morning line. If the pace is swift enough, and it should be, Stevie could motor home first at massive odds.
Mojovation goes second time for top SoCal trainer John Sadler. Like many trainers in California, Sadler has shipped some horses to Oaklawn during the pandemic. Mojovation has every right to improve in his second race for Sadler. The work on April 12 was stunning.
Trainer James Baker has conditioned Early Mischief to 3 wins and a second in the gelding’s last 5 races. The lone off the board finish happened in a 6 ½ furlong race. Baker raises Mischief slightly up the class ladder, but it may not matter. This one loves to run. Other speed makes the front runner a logical pick for third.
- Win: Operation Stevie
- Place: Mojovation
- Show: Early Mischief
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $100,000 Rainbow Stakes
Who knows how good Tempt Fate could be? The Carl Deville trained, Hamazing Destiny sired 3-year-old colt broke its maiden in its first lifetime start by 5 ¼ lengths but got disqualified to seventh. Fate bombed in his next race where Deville claimed the 3-year-old off Joe Sharp. In his first for Carl, Tempt Fate aired, winning by 6 ¼ lengths. Deville wins 17% with his first out maiden winners and this one has the look of a big time runner.
Jockey Joel Rosario has won with 38% of his mounts at Oaklawn Park. No matter what Joel steps aboard, we must consider live. Man in the Can failed in his first against winners. No worries. Rosario will make sure the front-runner doesn’t burn up on the lead or gets too far behind. Respect this 8/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds equine.
Zaino Boyz, the 8/5 morning line Horse Racing Odds chalk, has a ton of early foot. But there is other speed right to the inside of this one. Can Joe Talamo get this one to rate? Maybe. Tough to back a front runner breaking from post-10 with other speed directly to the inside to win. We’ll make third.
- Win: Tempt Fate
- Place: Man in the Can
- Show: Zaino Boyz