Oaklawn Park’s first race day this week is Thursday, April 9. The feature at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack is a 6 furlongs allowance event for a $61,000 purse. We analyze and make picks for that race as well as 2 other races on Thursday’s Oaklawn Park card. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Thursday, April 9. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 9 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Sunny
Oaklawn Park Picks for Thursday, April 9
Race 2 – 2:35 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $16,000 Claiming
Ordained Cat has a chance to pop at 15/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds. The Ordained sired 4-year-old gelding goes first time for trainer Federico Villanfranco. That’s an 18% winning move for Villanfranco. Not only that but Ordained Cat has all the other speed to the outside of it. Cat had to steady at the 3/8ths in its first race last April. Then, in its last race it got washy and had to run on the rail. In its maiden win, Ordained Cat dueled, cleared, and held. The same thing could happen on Thursday.
Call Me Derby made it 2 in a row after winning its last by ¾ lengths. The Randy Morse trainee stays at the level of the last victory, which means 3 in a row is a possibility. But Ordained Cat breaks to the outside of Call Me Derby, giving the top choice the edge for the win.
6-year-old gelding Wasabi Moon takes a massive drop from state-bred allowance to state-bred claiming. Moon is a closer, which means Ordained Cat and Call Me Derby must run each other into the ground for the gelding to get the win. A third place finish is more than probable.
- Win: Ordained Cat
- Place: Call Me Derby
- Show: Wasabi Moon
Race 6 – 4:36 pm ET – 1 1/6 Miles Dirt – $50,000 Waiver Claiming
There are knocks against the favorites, which is why 10/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds Katzarelli is the best win play. Trainer Tom Amoss takes over for Victor Arcenaux. That’s a positive. We know Amoss is serious because he bumps Katzarelli to a $50,000 claimer after the Capo Bastone runner broke its maiden at the $30K claiming level. Amoss also gelded Katzarelli.
Mike Maker puts the saddle on Artemus Eagle. The morning line second choice gets Martin Garcia and goes from optional $50K to open $50K. Eagle returns to dirt, where it broke its maiden. The 3/1 morning line runner should perform well but is tough to place on top based on the odds and the fact that he doesn’t have much early speed.
Icecap might get bet down to below even money. Steve Asmussen trains and the 3-year-old colt broke its maiden with a huge speed rating in its last. But there’s other speed to the inside, which means Icecap could go wide around the first turn. Also, this race is deep. So, we probably shouldn’t bet any horse to win at underlay odds.
- Win: Katzarelli
- Place: Artemus Eagle
- Show: Icecap
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $61,000 Allowance
Steve Asmussen trained American Mandate could get the perfect rip right behind speedsters Tuggle, Town Champ, and Morning Snow. The 4-year-old colt picks up Joe Talamo to ride. The works have been great, and the speed should open the door for a presser like American Mandate.
Tuggle could get lost in the betting. The Jeremiah Englehart trained son of Point of Entry breaks from the rail and faces speed on the outside. But Tuggle finished third in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special last August. If Town Champ and Morning Snow don’t go with the David Cohen ridden horse, forget it. Gate to wire.
J.R. Caldwell takes over training duties for Morning Snow from Bob Baffert. The speedster should get into a tussle with Tuggle and Town Champ. Morning Snow figures to hold on for third place while Town Champ back peddles out of the trifecta.
- Win: American Mandate
- Place: Tuggle
- Show: Morning Snow