On Thursday, big money is at stake at Oaklawn Park. The Arkansas thoroughbred track runs a full 9-race card. 3 of the races offer purses of $92,000. We make picks for Race 4 and Race 7, the two $92K allowance races. We also make picks for Race 8, the third $92,000 pursed race. Race 8 is a $50,000 Allowance Optional Claimer. So, if an owner’s horse gets claimed, that’s $50K. If the horse wins, add the winner’s share of $92K to the kitty. Yep, big money. Check out our top 3 picks for Oaklawn Park on Thursday, March 19! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Thursday, March 19. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park – Top Plays for March 19
- When: Thursday, March 19 at 2:30 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Rain Showers
- Temperature: High 73 – Low 54
Race 4 – 3:45 pm ET – 1 1/6 M Dirt – $92,000 State-Bred Allowance
Hamazing Vision rates as the top play in the first big race on Oaklwan’s Thursday card. Trainer Robertino Diodoro has won with 32% of his horses. Hamazing Vision has won 3-of-4, including getting his picture taken in his last. He’s the one to beat.
Chalk Whenthedovescry stretches out from 6 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. The 5-year-old gelding could go gate-to-wire, but why swallow the short odds? 10/1 on the morning line Promising Shoes has won 3 races from 13 starts at Oaklawn. Shoes likes the distance, 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third from 13 races. Go for the money and put Promising Shoes in the exacta.
Bogey is 15/1 on the morning line. The Ernie Witt trainee has a victory from 11 starts on the Oaklawn dirt. But guess what? That win was at this 1 1/6 mile distance. A straight closer, the speed horses could fold, which might set Bogey up for a Top 3 placing. The odds will be awesome.
- First: Hamazing Vision
- Second: Promising Shoes
- Third: Bogey
Race 7 – 5:21 pm ET – 1 1/6 M Dirt – $92,000 Allowance
Trainer Wayne Catalano wins 16% with his first out maiden winners. That’s why we think All West has a big shot to make it 2 in a row on Thursday. The Gary and Mary West owned runner broke his maiden by 4 lengths. He rated behind a slow pace, took over, and then pulled away. That’s called a professional win. All West has the look of a serious racehorse.
33% at the meet winning trainer Richard Baltas saddles Proverb, the 5/2 chalk. The Flatter sired 4-year-old finished fourth by 7 lengths in his last. That was at Santa Anita. He has some success at Oaklawn and has won at the distance. Most handicappers will view Proverb as the class horse in this race. They may be right but 5/2 are underlay odds. Great pick for the exacta. Bad pick for the win money.
The entry of Aqwaam and Starship Zeus should finish no worse than third in this. The odds won’t make us rich, but we can’t look past the fact that Diodoro trains. He’s tearing it up at Oaklawn Park.
- First: All West
- Second: Proverb
- Third: Aqwaam / Starship Zeus
Race 8 – 5:51 pm ET – 1 M Dirt – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claimer
There’s nothing to dislike about runner My Sixth Sense. In form? Sense has 3 wins and a third from its last 4 races. Good jockey? Martin Garcia wins at 18%. Well-bred? Street Sense is My Sixth Sense’s sire. Good trainer? Steve Hobby is winning races at Oaklawn at 44%. Again, nothing to dislike.
The top choice should get a nice stalking trip behind Home Run Trick. The morning line chalk has 3 wins and 2 third-place finishes in his last 5 races. Trick can take these gate-to-wire, which is why what Martin does aboard My Sixth Sense will make all the difference.
Cashanova looks like a solid play to get the show money. The Brad Cox trained Twirling Candy runner will close from far back. Since he’s won his last couple of races using the same tactics, we can assume he’s got a shot to at least pick up third in this.
- First: My Sixth Sense
- Second: Home Run Trick
- Third: Cashanova