Thoroughbred racing: Weekend spot plays for Oaklawn Park
Ready for a big weekend of racing? These weekend spot plays for Oaklawn Park will help get you started:
Saturday, Oaklawn Park Race 9: Nodouble Breeders’ S. (6:09 p.m. ET)
Restricted to horses bred in Arkansas, this 6-furlong dash attracted a competitive field of nine. #6 Hoonani Road won this race by 2 1/4 lengths in 2019 and showcased a clear affinity for Oaklawn by winning his first seven starts over the Arkansas oval. But the son of Jonesboro has suffered three straight defeats since returning from a layoff in November, with two of those losses coming here at Oaklawn.
With Hoonani Road struggling to regain his winning form, perhaps #3 K J’s Nobility can take advantage. Conditioned by Cecil Borel, who has gone 5-for-10 at Oaklawn this winter, K J’s Nobility overcome a troubled trip to rally and defeat Hoonani Road by two lengths in a 6-furlong allowance race on Feb. 22. With five straight 90+ Brisnet Speed ratings to his credit, K J’s Nobility brings the fastest recent numbers to the equation and looms as the horse to beat.
Sunday, Oaklawn Park Race 6: $30,000 Claiming (4:52 p.m. ET)
#5 Wicked Indeed was a decent 3-year-old last year, hitting the board in the Lecomte (G3), Mine That Bird Derby, and Sunland Derby (G3) during a solid winter campaign. Though he’s riding a prolonged losing streak and is just 1-for-14 lifetime, the son of Tapit appears poised to nab an elusive second victory on Sunday.
Under the care of trainer Steve Asmussen, Wicked Indeed has shown improvement since dropping in class and distance this winter, losing a pair of $40,000 claiming sprints at Oaklawn by just 1 1/2 lengths apiece. Stepping down to the $30,000 level might be all Wicked Indeed needs to win, and the 90 Brisnet Speed rating he posted on Mar. 12 rates as the fastest last-out figure in this field.
We’ll bet Wicked Indeed to win and key him on top of an exacta with the speedy #7 Bump Bailey underneath:
$15 to Win on #5 Wicked Indeed
$5 Exacta: 5 with 7