Oaklawn Park’s top race on Friday goes off as the tenth. We look and make picks for the $80,000 optional claiming event. We also study and make picks for races 8 and 9, meaning that if you’re inclined, you can put together a nice pick 3 ticket on the MyBookie Racebook. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Friday, April 24. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 24 at 1:35 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Partly Sunny
- Temperature: High 57 – Low 40
Oaklawn Park Picks for Friday, April 24
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $35,000 Starter Allowance
Julius has had a charmed life so far. The 5-year-old gelded son of Tapit started its career with Bob Baffert. From Baffert, it went to Brad Cox. Now, the 2-time winner runs for Doug O’Neil. Julius should get a great trip right off the speed. The O’Neil runner did get the half in 44 seconds in its last. So, if nobody else wants the lead, jockey David Cohen will take it.
If the pace is fast, New Colossus could win this. The closer has a win and a second in its last couple. Trainer Karl Broberg wins 26% with his sprinters. This one busted a great work on April 18. Consider for the win if the odds drift higher than the 4/1 morning line.
Trainer John Ortiz has a contender in Hidden Ruler. The Gemologist sired 4-year-old gelding is in good form. Ruler also takes a sneaky class drop from the $50k claiming level to this $35k starter allowance. The Ortiz runner is yet another we must use on top and bottom of exotics.
- Win: Julius
- Place: New Colossus
- Show: Hidden Ruler
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $40,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Steve Asmussen trained Volatile shouldn’t keep the 4/1 odds. The Violence sired 4-year-old colt has 2 wins and a second from 3 lifetime races. Volatile hasn’t run since November. The works are great, though, and this one cost $850k and broke its maiden at first asking.
Strike That is 3-1 from 4 races. The Robertino Diodoro trainee has every right to take the lead from post-position 1 and hold off its competition. Don’t be surprised if that happens because speed jock David Cohen steps aboard. The odds should be awful, though, and this one couldn’t seal the deal in its last 6 furlong race.
McLean Robertson saddles 8/1 on the morning line Hot Shot Kid. The 6-year-old gelding has won 4 in a row. The last happened in September, though. Also, all 4 wins happened at Canterbury Park, meaning this one will be tested for class.
- Win: Volatile
- Place: Strike That
- Show: Hot Shot Kid
Race 10 – 6:38 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
This race is as wide-open as it can be, which is why it makes sense to back a horse at a price. Juggernaut hasn’t raced since September, but the Goldencents sired 3-year-old colt runs for Keith Desormeaux who knows how to get sophomores ready. Juggernaut worked 4 furlongs in 47.1, the best of 112, on April 18 at the Fair Grounds. This guy’s ready to run.
Hop Kat has a ton of speed. The Eddie Kenneally trainee hasn’t raced since last May. But the works are decent enough to warrant a look for the top spot. Also, the main speed breaks to the inside, which means Kat could get a nice trip.
Tom Amoss trained No Parole gave up in the Grade 2 Rebel. It may have been too much too soon for the Violence sired colt. There’s no guarantee this one wants to race on Friday. So, we’ll play against for win honors. Amoss is such a good trainer, though, we must use in exotics.
- Win: Juggernaut
- Place: Hop Kat
- Show: No Parole