Finally its Oaks day and we have two days of amazing stakes and undercard races. Its a long day of racing today so for non stakes races we wont be giving full summaries, just picks. Good Luck today in all your bets!
Churchill Race 1 3-7-2
Race 2 9-2-1 CONQUEST SERENADE can it right off the pace from the outside and stalk, and her only loss was to one of the Oaks favorites Go Maggie Go.
Race 3 1-4-6
Race 4 5-7-4
Race 5 8-2-3 COMMEND just lost by a head to one of my picks in the grade 2 tomorrow American Patriot, a repeat of that race today makes him super tough.
Race 6 2-5-1 The Grade 1 La Troien has a short field but very long on competitive horses. I don’t see it being a very wide open race, I think Sheer Drama looms boldly over this group. Curalina would be tough if she has a prep before this race. Penwith could be dangerous if she gets a lone lead, but I think Sheer Drama will be sitting right off of her, and has a much better kick in the lane.
Race 7 8-5-7 Carina Mia looks like a solid favorite but I cant take her 8/5 in this race. On the outside, NICKNAME looks tough. Can sit right off the speed from the outside, is better at this one turn distance and with a few other speed horses to put pressure on the favorite, she could be the one to catch her late.
Race 8 2-1-12 If he didn’t draw the 1 hole, I would have chosen Power Alert on top, I just think the inside forces his hand to go early in a race full of speed. His two worst races have been when he drew the 1. Also inside is Summation time, but with his style to sit off the pace, he should have a more favorable trip and come running late for Clement.
Race 9 4-7-5 I have been a fan of Eagle for a long time, I think hes been at the mercy of slower paces in small field all winter. He finally gets some pace to run at, and this long stretch will only help his closing kick. Also Top Billing has a devastating closing kick and should be rolling late. Noble Bird loves this track and is getting good again.
Race 10 1-3-10 Harmonize has a great turn of foot and where it looks like favorite catch a glimpse might get some pace pressure, Harmonize could be rolling late. Will save ground and just needs to find a way out turning for home, to be dangerous. Nodiac is a longshot closer who should also be coming late in the race. Numbers stack up well against these.
Race 11 3-13-8 The Kentucky Oaks lost its superstar when Songbird got sick and couldn’t make the field. I am leaning towards Lewis Bay in this spot, can be placed wherever Irad Ortiz wants to put her and still come home strong. Can envision a nice ground saving trip, midpack and then swinging out at the top of the stretch. Land over Sea kept banging her head against Songbird then finally got out from under her shadow and romped in the Fair Grounds Oaks. As a long shot I like Royal Obsession who finished just behind Lewis Bay at Aqueduct.
Good Luck and Check back tomorrow morning for our Derby Day picks!