A groom at Aqueduct came down with Covid-19. For now, the New York racetrack is closed. That’s why we decided to add Oaklawn to our Saturday group of horse racing picks. The Arkansas track was one of the first that declared it was business as usual without fans. Check out our Top 3 picks for Oaklawn Park on Saturday, March 21! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Saturday, March 21. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park – Top Plays for March 21
- When: Saturday, March 21 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Chance of Rain Showers
- Temperature: High 55 – Low 44
Race 5 – 4:06 pm ET – 6 F Dirt – $35,000 Starter Allowance
Cipriano Contreras saddles One for Richie for the first time on Saturday. The Congrats gelding won its last race by 3 ½ lengths. This isn’t much of a move up in class. Jockey Ramon Vasquez will put One for Richie about a head behind El Asesino. Sounds like a good plan in this race.
El Asesino has speed and comes from a top barn. But although Chris Hartman usually does well at Oaklawn, he has just 1 win from 34 runners this meet. Gate-to-wire is a possibility, but Vasquez can run a head off aboard One for Richie. In a stretch duel, One for Richie figures to get the nod.
There are plenty of ways to go for third. Horse Racing Odds are 15/1 on the morning line Firery Tale changes barns to Wesley Hawley and closed to lose by a neck in it’s last. Tale can boost the tri by getting the show money.
- First: One for Richie
- Second: El Asesino
- Third: Firery Tale
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 6 F Dirt – $61,000 Allowance
Nomizar is the 2/1 morning line chalk. Usually, we shun chalk. Not in this case. The Robertino Diodoro runner has 3 wins from 7 races at the distance and goes second time for the 33% winning trainer. Nomizar gets it done at low odds.
It makes no sense why Inthemidstofbiz offers 10/1 on the morning line. The 4-year-old filly has 2 wins from 6 starts. Both wins happened at this distance. Biz is in great form and should get a nice stalking trip.
Stewart Elliott takes the call above Mizz Fabulous. The Randy Morse trained runner hasn’t stepped onto the track since December. But the form at Oaklawn last April and May was sensational. She’s a logical pick for third.
- First: Nomizar
- Second: Inthmidstofbiz
- Third: Mizz Fabulous
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 F Dirt – Gazebo Stakes $90,000
A great group of 3-year-olds show up for the Gazebo Stakes on Saturday. Tom Amoss saddles top pick Long Weekend. Sired by Majesticperfection, Long Weekend heads into this off a 6 3/4 length win in a $50K optional claimer at Sam Houston in his last. The colt looks more than logical.
Marvin could fly under the radar in the Gazebo. The McLean Robertson trainee lost by a nose in his last. But Little Menace, the chalk, beat Marvin by just a neck 2 back. Marvin offers 4/1 odds. Menace offers 5/2 Horse Racing Odds. The Robertson charge is the better play to finish second.
It will be difficult to keep Little Menace out of the trifecta. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the chalk broke his maiden at Churchill by 7 ¾ lengths. Then came the head win in February over American Butterfly and Marvin. Menace could take this. But the odds imply he’s close to a lock and he’s not. So, we’re making him third.
- First: Long Weekend
- Second: Marvin
- Third: Little Menace