Oaklawn Park Saturday: Star Studed Apple Blossom Stakes

Chris Adams

The field for the Apple Blossom may only be 5 horses. However, the race for older female horses at Oaklawn Park may be the best field top to bottom of any race all year.

Saturday Full Card Analysis

Oaklawn Park Race 1

Post: 12:10 PM CT; Purse: $36,000 Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 10

  • #7 FIFTH RISK (3-1) is a major contender given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class.
  • #2 MY CORALENA (7-2) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & power rating.
  • #9 CHASING SHADOWS (8-1) is an interesting player at a long price. This one rates out well against this group across a number of metrics.
  • #4 KNIGHT'S HONOR (5-1) is a fringe player. This one is not likely, but also not without hope.

Selections: 7-2-9-4

Oaklawn Park Race 2

Post: 12:43 PM CT; Purse: $30,000 Maiden Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 11

  • #5 WORTHTHEMONEY (3-1) has to be respected today edging the field in several key handicapping factors including class & pace numbers.
  • #6 PROJECT THUNDER (9-2) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & breeding.
  • #2 DREAMER'S DELIGHT (10-1) comes into the race signaling a big performance in the near future.
  • #10 TAKE NO PRISONERS (5-1) seems like the kind in this spot who get overlooked due to middling odds and a wide draw which I do not mind at Oaklawn in the least.

Selections: 5-6-2-10

Oaklawn Park Race 3

Post: 1:15 PM CT; Purse: $90,000 Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #3 SINNER'S SIN (9-5) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & race flow.
  • #5 SUPPRESSOR (7-2) has to be respected today edging the field in several key handicapping factors including stamina & power rating.
  • #6 TIMES UNION (6-1) makes some sense, but I think the morning line is pretty close to fair value on this runner.
  • #1 VOBISCUM (5-1) has to be respected based on the connections.

Selections: 3-5-6-1

Oaklawn Park Race 4

Post: 1:46 PM CT; Purse: $30,000 Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 14

  • #11 ABDAN (4-1) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & race flow.
  • #6 THE ROCK SAYS (15-1) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & form. I would guess the current price is a pipe dream.
  • #14 STORMIN HONGKONG (3-1) is worth a look here given edges in connections & power rating.
  • #12 TOP BRASS (6-1) is a runner who is probably current a little undervalued based on the draw.

Selections: 11-6-14-12

Oaklawn Park Race 5

Post: 2:18 PM CT; Purse: $1,000,000 Apple Blossom H., 1 1/16 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 5

  • #2 LETRUSKA (7-5) has to be respected today edging the field in several key handicapping factors including class & power rating. She tops an incredibly talented group of runners.
  • #3 CLAIRIERE (5-2) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & form.
  • #5 CE CE (2-1) is in with a great chance based on the horse's class & pace numbers.
  • #1 MARACUJA (6-1) has upset this apple cart before and could do it again with speed signed on.

Selections: 2-3-5-1

Oaklawn Park Race 6

Post: 2:50 PM CT; Purse: $35,000 Starter Allowance, 1 1/16 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 11

  • #1 VERRAZANO FIRST (2-1) is in with a great chance based on the horse's record at the distance & power rating.
  • #7 RIVER ECHO (4-1) wouldn't be a huge surprise in the winner's circle.
  • #8 CALL OF HONOR (5-1) merits consideration in this spot given edges in stamina & record at the distance.
  • #11 EAGLE PASS (6-1) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & form.

Selections: 1-7-8-11

Oaklawn Park Race 7

Post: 3:22 PM CT; Purse: $90,000 Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 9

  • #5 MEAN JAKEY (3-1) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & race flow.
  • #8 OVERSLEPT (15-1) should be in the right spot early to give this horse a chance to get the job done.
  • #9 PLAUSIBLE DENILE (5-2) has a great shot in the race given the speed & stamina.
  • #3 ROYAL CONSORT (6-1) is proven as a good bet to at least hit the board under today's distance and surface conditions.

Selections: 5-8-9-3

Oaklawn Park Race 8

Post: 3:54 PM CT; Purse: $150,000 Oaklawn S., 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 7

Stellar Tap is favored at Oaklawn Park in Saturday's 8th race.
Stellar Tap won on debut making Steve Asmussen the winningest trainer of all time. Photo Credit: Blood Horse
  • #2 STELLAR TAP (5-2) looks like a strong prospect edging the field in several key handicapping factors including class & power rating.
  • #7 HAPPY BOY ROCKET (5-1) has to be respected based on the connections.
  • #6 THE SKIPPER TOO (4-1) merits consideration in this spot given an edge in stamina.
  • #4 HOME BREW (3-1) is a major player based on speed figures.

Selections: 2-7-6-4 (Best Bet: #2 STELLAR TAP)

Oaklawn Park Race 9

Post: 4:26 PM CT; Purse: $44,000 Starter Allowance, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 9

  • #1 DRENA'S STAR (9-2) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & power rating.
  • #7 DON'T FORGET (3-1) is worth a look here given edges in connections & record at the distance.
  • #5 TOWN CHAMP (6-1) makes some sense to have a say in the result.
  • #4 SEA TO SUCCESS (8-1) looks to have to have kept the best company in the previous starts.

Selections: 1-7-5-4

Oaklawn Park Race 10

Post: 5:01 PM CT; Purse: $107,000 Allowance Optional Claiming, 1 1/16 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 10

  • #3 EASTSIDE COOL (5-2) looks like a strong prospect edging the field in several key handicapping factors including record at the distance & power rating.
  • #6 ALLEGE (7-2) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & class.
  • #8 EGO (12-1) feels like a price that fits here.
  • #4 CALIBRATE (10-1) comes into the race signaling a big performance in the near future.

Selections: 3-6-8-4

Oaklawn Park Race 11

Post: 5:41 PM CT; Purse: $1,000,000 Oaklawn H., 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 8

R Rated Superstar wins at Oaklawn Park
R Rated Superstar is in the form of his life as a 9 year old. Photo Credit: Blood Horse
  • #6 PLAINSMAN (5-2) has a great shot in the race given the speed & power rating.
  • #8 FEARLESS (9-5) merits consideration in this spot given edges in speed & stamina.
  • #4 IDOL (6-1) is worth a look here given edges in class & pace numbers.
  • #5 RATED R SUPERSTAR (5-1) has discovered the fountain of youth and loves Oaklawn. You have to admire this horse’s form. If you’re a horse racing fan you have to love this guy who raced against Nyquist and Exaggerator.

Selections: 6-8-4-5

Oaklawn Park Race 12

Post: 6:15 PM CT; Purse: $106,000 Allowance Optional Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 12

  • #4 HERITAGE PARK (12-1) is in with a great chance based on the horse's class & form. I doubt we’ll see 12-1 at post, but these are the kind of long shots you’re supposed to get behind.
  • #9 IMA BLING CAT (8-1) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #12 GOODNIGHT ARCHIE (7-2) has to be looked at as a solid player in this group.
  • #5 BLAME J D (6-1) is a major player based on speed figures.

Selections: 4-9-12-5

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