FIRST POST — 1:30 P.M.
LEE’S LOCK C Z Rocket in the eighth.
BEST BET Summer’s Indy in the seventh.
LONG SHOT Preacher Time in the sixth.
SATURDAY’S RESULTS 1-9 (11.1 percent).
MEET 23-81 (28.4 percent).
***plenty to like
**things to like
1 Purse $23,000, 6 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up, Arkansas-bred, starter allowance
STRAWN’S CASH** was a clear winner of two races last season at Oaklawn, and he has won two of his four wet-track races and has run best with today’s rider aboard. PROMISING SHOES has the benefit of a solid race over the track in 2019, and he owns competitive Beyer figures and should be flying late after several route races. ROCK CITY ROADHOG is a five-time winner at Oaklawn, and a late-running veteran who has a strong record on wet tracks.
7 Strawn’s Cash;Vazquez;Cates;3-1
4 Promising Shoes;Wethey;Villafranco;7-2
5 Rock City Roadhog;Loveberry;Westermann;6-1
8 Just Be Quick;Guerrero;Turner;10-1
3 Arch Revenge;Riquelme;Garcia;8-1
1 Hot Blooded Song;Canchari;Martin;12-1
2 Purse $21,000, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds and up which have never won three races, claiming $10,000
HOT ITEM** is dropping in class following a slightly troubled third-place finish, and he raced consistently well last season at Oaklawn and keeps regular rider Richard Eramia. CARMELO is back sprinting following a second-place route finish, and he was a clear one-turn mile winner just three races back at Churchill. SHIP STALKER has recorded wet track victories at Indiana and Churchill Downs, and he posted a bullet wet-track workout Jan. 19 at Oaklawn.
10 Hot Item;Eramia;Milligan;4-1
2 Ship Stalker;Johnson;Hartlage;12-1
7 Lead Astray;Cabrera;Hartman;9-2
3 Sergios Limoncello;Wethey;Young;15-1
1 Three Time Charmer;Lara;Petalino;15-1
9 Out of the Office;Borel;Wiggins;8-1
4 Surely You Jest;Rodriguez;Lozano;15-1
6 State of Charm;Richard;Cannon;20-1
3 Purse $42,000, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds, claiming $40,000
MORO TEXAS** won consecutive sprint races at Remington, including a wet-track victory Dec. 14, and his winning Beyer figures are competitive. NEWS FLASH finished second at this claiming price at Woodbine, and the exceptionally quick colt is racing for high percentage trainer Norman McKnight for the first time. SAMBUCCA defeated $40,000 claimers at Churchill Downs, and he is back sprinting after a useful front-running route race at Fair Grounds.
4 Moro Texas;WDe La Cruz;McBride;9-2
6 News Flash;Cohen;McKnight;7-2
2 Bear Trappe;Borel;Compton;15-1
4 Purse $24,000, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races, claiming $20,000
DERECHO WARRIOR** is taking a drop in price following a useful third-place finish, and is a good finisher in a field with plenty of speed, and he recorded a bullet five-furlong wet-track work at Remington. GIANT PULPIT dominated $20,000 maiden-claiming sprinters, and he did race competitively around two turns at Woodbine. FLIGHT RISK crossed the wire less than a length behind the top selection Jan. 25, and he has route speed and drew a favorable two-turn post.
8 Derecho Warrior;Wethey;Young;9-2
4 Giant Pulpit;Cohen;McKnight;3-1
1 Flight Risk;Eramia;Shorter;7-2
7 Lucky Britches;Santana;Matthews;4-1
3 Home Run Trick;WDe La Cruz;Martin;10-1
5 Purse $40,000, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds, maiden claiming $50,000
ONE MAN PARTY** has a series of good works leading up to his career debut for trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won with 31-percent of his first-timers over the past three Oaklawn meetings. FLAT OUT BEAUTIFUL was likely best when second in a troubled career debut at Churchill, and he is back sprinting after chasing the pace and fading in a two-turn effort at Fair Grounds. GALAHAD KID finished second in his debut behind a front-running odds-on favorite at Hawthorne, and a bullet six-furlong gate work Jan. 31 should have him fit and ready.
7 One Man Party;Santana;Asmussen;2-1
2 Flat Out Beautiful;Valdivia;Stall;5-2
6 Galahad Kid;Canchari;DiVito;7-2
3 Shell Fire;Eramia;Von Hemel;10-1
1 Ikon Who;McMahon;Dixon;10-1
6 Purse $20,000, 5 1/2 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up, claiming $6,250
PREACHER TIME** is taking a significant drop in class following a one-paced effort, and he is consistently competitive in his wet-track races, and he is also a good finisher in a field that figures to produce a fast and contentious pace. CASH FOR THE SOUL led past every pole but the last one in a tough-luck defeat Jan. 27, and he is another who excels on a wet track. CANDY FOR THREE won a second-level allowance race on wet footing at Emerald, and he ships fit from Arizona and will race for winning trainer Robertino Diodoro for the first time.
8 Preacher Time;Sanjur;Puhl;10-1
2 Cash for the Soul;Eramia;Milligan;4-1
1a Candy for Three;Cohen;Diodoro;3-1
10 Greeleys Charm;Canchari;Morse;8-1
9 Guatemala City;Fuentes;McKnight;5-1
4 Made to Fit;Santana;Cox;8-1
3 Sammy Wonder Stone;Cabrera;Ortiz;12-1
6 Duke of Kent;Rodriguez;Lozano;15-1
7 Tiz Funny;Court;Barkley;20-1
1 After Hours;Cohen;Broberg;3-1
7 Purse $79,000, 6 furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, allowance optional claiming
SUMMER’S INDY*** was a fast-closing second in her local debut, which followed two decisive victories at Remington, and she may have a fitness edge over today’s rivals. PRETTY GREELEY is a wet-track specialist who was beaten only a length at this level at Churchill, and she returns to her preferred surface after trying a turf-sprint at Gulfstream. BARBARY HALL returns fresh after a stake-placed finish at Remington, and she owns a good local record and handles a wet track well.
1 Summer’s Indy;McMahon;Broberg;2-1
4 Pretty Greeley;Morales;Ortiz;6-1
5 Barbary Hall;Eramia;Milligan;9-2
3 Bixby Lou;FDe La Cruz;Cox;5-2
6 Dance Proposal;Vazquez;Villafranco;4-1
2 Jackson Hill;Birzer;Smith;12-1
7 I’ll Take It All;Elliott;Forster;15-1
8 Purse $80,000, 1 mile, 4-year-olds and up, allowance
C Z ROCKET**** appears to hold a speed and class advantage in this allowance race, and even though he has yet to run on a wet track, he does have two strong wet-track breezes. HIGH NORTH has not raced since September, but he finished 2018 with two graded stake-placed finishes and won the Northern Spur last spring at Oaklawn. EXCLAMATION POINT has been on the sidelines since April, but he is three-for-three in his career, and trainer Brad Cox brings layoff runners back ready to win.
6 C Z Rocket;Santana;Stall;5-2
8 High North;FDe La Cruz;Cox;9-2
7 Exclamation Point;Bravo;Cox;5-1
9 Shotgun Kowboy;Eramia;Trout;4-1
5 Heavy Roller;Cabrera;Sharp;15-1
2 Malibu Max;Loveberry;Robertson;10-1
9 Purse $77,000, 1 mile, fillies, 3-year-olds, maiden special weight
KID SIS** was compromised by a wide trip when rallying to fourth in her career debut, and the race has produced three next-out winners, including stake-placed finisher Miss Imperial. Furthermore, she is a half-sister to $2.3 million earner Whitmore. HELENA experienced getting dirt in her face in a deceptive fifth-place debut, and the beaten post-time favorite is bred to route and drew a favorable post. SUNDAYSATTHEBEACH lost all chance when forced to check in upper-stretch in a second-place route finish at Fair Grounds, and the lightly raced and improving filly picks up a leading rider.
6 Kid Sis;Rodriguez;Moquett;8-1
1 Helena;FDe La Cruz;Cox;6-1
4 Ultimate Mo;Cabrera;Lukas;4-1
3 Blessed Again;Cohen;Prather;9-2
2 Cairo Cutie;Morales;Gorder;8-1
8 Paradise Bay;Santana;Asmussen;8-1
12 She’s a Truckin;McMahon;Cates;12-1
9 Carolina Beach;Lara;Holthus;15-1
11 Palace Princess;Hill;Peitz;20-1
10 A.P. Princess;Borel;Fires;30-1
I believe low profile connections will make the odds on Moro Texas higher than they should, so I’ll play him on top of News Flash and Sambucca in third race exactas. The sixth race starts a 50-cent Pick-4 and contention runs deep so getting an upset is somewhat likely. The seventh race is Summer’s Indy’s race to lose, but a couple of others do bring credentials to win. I really like C Z Rocket in the eighth, but two or three others have enough talent to contend. The ninth race has several lightly raced horses meaning an upset is more likely to happen and finishes off an intriguing Pick-4.
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