There’s a chance of thunderstorms in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Friday, March 27. Even if the dirt at Oaklawn Park comes up muddy, we should stick with our initial handicapping. Horses that run at Oaklawn often relish wet surfaces. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Friday, March 27. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, March 27 at 2:30 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Chance Thunderstorms
- Temperature: High 72 – Low 49
Horse Racing Picks for Oaklawn Park on March 27
Race 3 – 3:26 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – Claiming $16,000
Norman McKnight claimed 2/1 chalk True Castle from a $25K optional claimer and then ran the 4-year-old filly in 2 straight allowance races. That didn’t turn out well. Now, Castle takes a massive drop. McKnight wins 30% third off the layoff, 31% with his claiming runners, and 30% with runners in sprints. True Castle should dominate this field. She’s not worth going against.
Punish ran into traffic in her last. If she hadn’t, she might have won going away. She still finished second by ½ a length. Not only that but the race happened over the slop. The rains could present a muddy track, which would give Punish a real chance for the win money.
Trainer Shea Stuart puts the saddle on Lil Red Vette, a last out maiden winner. If Vette repeats the maiden win, all the other horses except True Castle will be running for second. But there’s a chance the Constitution sired filly bounces. Still, she’s got speed. So, use in exotics for sure.
- Win: True Castle
- Place: Punish
- Show: Lil Red Vette
Race 6 – 4:52 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – Waiver Claiming $30,000
Between the Hedges takes a massive drop from the $90K allowance level to this $30K waiver claiming. Trainer Tom Amoss wins 37% second after the claim, 23% going route to a sprint, and 29% of his claiming races. Hedges broke her maiden by 9 lengths at this distance and over this dirt 2 back. She should track Cherished and Blinkers before making a move.
7/2 morning line Horse Racing Odds Cherished projects as the speed of the speed. The Steve Asmussen trained filly has just 1 win from 11 races. But she’s run great in her last 2. Jockey Stewart Elliott mustn’t take the lead with the Congrats 4-year-old. That gives her a big shot.
Blinkers goes first time for trainer John Ortiz. Ortiz is 0-for-26 with runners racing off the bench. That makes it hard to put Blinkers on top. But there isn’t a ton of speed in this, which means the Stay Thirsty filly could hang on for the show money.
- Win: Between the Hedges
- Place: Cherished
- Show: Blinkers
Race 8 – 5:51 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – Allowance OC $50,000
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddles $100,000 Keeneland September Sale purchase Sunny Dale. The Medaglia D’Oro sired filly won back-to-back races in her last couple. She broke her maiden by 5 going 6 furlongs at Oaklawn. Then, she won a $90K allowance. She looks primed to make it 3 in a row on Friday.
What a Fox hails from the Robertino Diodoro barn. No matter the racetrack, no matter the race, Diodoro runs live horses. What a Fox has 3 wins from 6 races over the Oaklawn dirt. Also, she’s got 4 wins and 2 seconds from 10 races at the distance. She’s a must use in the exacta.
Although Liz’s Cable Girl lost her last by 6 lengths, she’s got a shot to upset this field at 15/1 Horse Racing Odds. The 6-year-old mare has 12 wins from 23 races, has won 10 times from 20 races at this distance, and takes a slight drop in class. Consider a small win bet if the odds old. Definitely use in the tri and super.
- Win: Sunny Dale
- Place: What a Fox
- Show: Liz’s Cable Girl