Two stakes races show up on Oaklawn Park’s Saturday card. The first is the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes. The second is the $125,000 Carousel Stakes. Keep reading for analysis for both stakes races as well as the eighth, a $62,000 allowance event. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Saturday, April 25. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, April 25 at 1:35 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Partly Sunny
- Temperature: High 70 – Low 57
Oaklawn Park Picks for Saturday, April 25
Race 8 – 5:14 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $62,000 Allowance
Steve Asmussen trained Bye Bye J has raced at Oaklawn 4 times. The Uncaptured sired filly has 3 wins from those 4 jaunts over Oaklawn’s dirt. This is a tough event, but most of the other speed is to the inside of the top choice. Jockey Ricardo Santana can make decisions based on what the other pilots do. That’s an advantage to Team Asmussen.
Nomizar might get overlooked here. Robertino Diodoro wins at 24% at Oaklawn. He wins 27% with runners who scored in their last. Nomizar should get a decent trip behind the speed while jock David Cohen will ensure she doesn’t lose touch.
Jerry Hollendorfer unleashes Sneaking Out. The Grade 2 Summer Oaks placed filly picks up Joel Rosario to ride. She’s the class of this field, but Hollendorfer hasn’t had the best meet. Also, she heads into this having not raced since last August.
- Win: Bye Bye J
- Place: Nomizar
- Show: Sneaking Out
Race 9 – 5:45 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $100,000 Bachelor’s Stakes
Who is the bigger beast? Eight Rings or Long Weekend? We’re going with the Tom Amoss trainee, Long Weekend. The son of Majesticperfection has 3 wins from 4 races. The lone loss happened at Saratoga. Some horses hate Saratoga. One of American Pharoah’s 2 losses happened in the Travers Stakes at The Spa.
Bob Baffert trained Eight Rings is a monster. But the Empire Maker sired runner should get overplayed in the Bachelor’s Stakes. This looks like an obvious “let’s stay fit” race. Baffert most definitely wants to run this one in a Derby prep. The Arkansas Derby on May 2 came up too soon for the Derby in September. So, Bob’s getting a good work out in instead of looking to take down a score. Tough to put on top knowing Baffert’s angle.
Echo Town could develop into a serious Kentucky Derby contender. Probably not on Saturday, though. The Asmussen trained son of Speightstown heads into this off an allowance score. Town could beat Eight Rings for the place. Consider for the exacta and the tri.
- Win: Long Weekend
- Place: Eight Rings
- Show: Echo Town
Race 10 – 6:16 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $125,000 Carousel Stakes
Asmussen puts the saddle on Mia Mischief. The Into Mischief sired 5-year-old has 3 wins and 2 seconds from 5 races at Oaklawn. She gets the outside post, which means Ricardo Santana can make decisions based on the competition. Steve put a nice prep into her on March 20, a $62,000 allowance that she won.
Jerry Hollendorfer trained runner Sunny Dale will be tested for class. But the 4-year-old filly has won 3 in a row. Also, her dad is Medaglia D’Oro and she comes from a Danehill Dancer mare. Even Ron Burgundy would admit that’s classy.
Bellafina’s last two races were good enough to win this. But she doesn’t ship well. Since 2018, the 8/5 morning line chalk has 4 wins and 2 second-place finishes at Santa Anita. She has 2 losses at Churchill, a loss at Saratoga, and a loss at Parx. We can’t endorse for the win. Third seems more likely.
- Win: Mia Mischief
- Place: Sunny Dale
- Show: Bellafina