The featured race at Oaklawn Park on Friday is a $100,000 Allowance Optional Claiming event going 1 1/16 miles on dirt. There are a lot of ways to go in that race. Hopefully, we found the winner! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Friday, April 3. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, April 3 at 2:05 pm ET
- Where: Hot Springs, AR
- Weather: Rain Showers Likely
- Temperature: High 71 – Low 57
Oaklawn Park Picks for Friday, April 3
Race 4 – 3:35 pm ET – 1 1/6 Miles Dirt – $32,000 Claiming
Mighty Manfred has lost its last couple of races by a combined 28 lengths. The 6-year-old gelding takes a steep dive from the $50K claiming level, though. Also, the last was Manfred’s first since June 2019. Trainer Steve Asmussen owns and trains.
5/2 morning line Horse Racing Odds chalk Malibu Pro finished second in a $20,000 starter allowance going this distance in the last. Former top SoCal jockey Martin Garcia rides. Garcia will put this one into the mix early. If Malibu repeats the last performance, the 7-year-old gelding probably wins.
Asmussen’s other runner, Potomac, is another with a shot. Throw out the race in February. That was Potomac’s first since last December. It was also an $86,000 Allowance. This is a huge drop. Like Mighty Manfred, any sort of improvement could lead to a win.
- Win: Mighty Manfred
- Place: Malibu Pro
- Show: Potomac
Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $100,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Stone cold closer Rated R Superstar always requires a fast pace. The 6/1 morning line choice should get it here. Superstar has been running in much better races. Lenstar, Pirate’s Punch, and Gato Guapo will be winging it on the front end. The closer could take win honors in this.
Pirate’s Punch last raced in the Grade 3 Mineshaft. The speedy son of Shanghai Bobby finished third in the graded event. This is a step-down but there’s other speed, which could soften the chalk up enough for Rated R Superstar to go blowing by. Punch is the one to catch.
Brad Cox saddles Kurilov in the eighth. The Lookin At Lucky sired 7-year-old has a devastating closing kick. There should be enough speed for Kurilov to have a say in the outcome. But it’s hard to see this one beating either Rated R Superstar or Pirate’s Punch.
- Win: Rated R Superstar
- Place: Pirate’s Punch
- Show: Kurilov
Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $61,000 Allowance
4-year-old filly Shocking Fast heads into this off a maiden score. Although that can be a recipe for disaster, trainer Steve Asmussen wins 22% with his last out maiden victors. Jockey Ricardo Santana sticks while Shocking Fast won the maiden by 5 ½ lengths.
Chalk Gold Credit is a Goldencents sired, Phil D’Amato trained filly that finished third in a $90K allowance in her last. D’Amato wins 22% with horses running second-time for him. But the 2/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds dissuade from a win bet.
The great D. Wayne Lukas puts the saddle on Crystal Lake. The 3/1 second choice on the morning line should get a decent setup. Lake has a win, 2 seconds, and 4 third-place finishes from 9 starts. Let’s peg Lake for the show money.
- Win: Shocking Fast
- Place: Gold Credit
- Show: Crystal Lake