Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Odds & Picks for April 16th 2020

Like most race days, on Thursday Oaklawn Park offers great dirt races with big purses. We analyze and make picks for a $61,000 allowance, a $50,000 allowance optional claimer, and a $30,000 claimer. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Oaklawn Park for Thursday, April 16. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.

Oaklawn Park Horse Racing Picks

    • When: Thursday, April 16 at 2:05 pm ET
    • Where: Hot Springs, AR
    • Weather: Mostly Sunny
    • Temperature: High 68 – Low 46

Oaklawn Park Picks for Thursday, April 16

Race 5 – 4:06 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $61,000 Allowance

At first glance it looks like 3/1 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds  rail horse Prospector Fever takes a step up in class. But a deeper look reveals that this is a state-bred allowance, meaning Fever may have raced against better in that $15,000 optional claimer in its last. Sarah Davidson has trained this one to back-to-back wins. Also, Prospector Fever could get lost in the betting because some may misinterpret the class move.

Siouxper Charger must work hard to get the lead from post-position 10. That’s the reason to relegate the Daniel Pietz runner to second. If jockey Ricardo Santana does get the lead aboard the 3-year-old colt, Siouxper Charger could go gate-to-wire. So, if the odds drift higher than the 5/2 morning line, consider for the win.

Tammy Hornsby sired Sunday Sermon won at this distance over the mud to break its maiden in its last. The front runner has worked awesome for this. Sermon should get the lead with Prospector Fever and Siouxper Charger tracking. Hornsby is 0-for-12 with last out maiden winners, which makes Sermon a better pick for third.

  • Win: Prospector Fever
  • Place: Siouxper Charger
  • Show: Sunday Sermon

Race 8 – 5:38 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $50,000 Allowance Optional Claiming

The last time the Todd Pletcher trained Nonna Madeline raced in an allowance the 4-year-old Candy Ride filly won by 5 ¾ lengths. That was a top allowance event at Gulfstream Park. Madeline is the chalk in this and even though it’s tough to back chalk, she towers over this field if she’s ready.

Trainer Peter Miller stretches Mongolian Humor from 6 ½ furlongs to this 1 1/6 mile race. Miller conditioned Humor to 4 wins and 5 second place finishes from 22 races at Santa Anita and Del Mar. This one should hang with the rest of this field and deserves consideration for the win if you don’t like the Pletcher runner.

Unique Factor should get the perfect trip. This filly has yet to win from 3 races at Oaklawn. But Unique Factor does have 2 second place finishes. Trainer Valorie Lund stretches this one out. The Factor sired runner figures to prefer this event’s longer distance than the 6 furlongs she raced at in her last.

  • Win: Nonna Madeline
  • Place: Mongolian Humor
  • Show: Unique Factor

Race 9 – 6:09 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $30,000 Claiming

Wayne Lukas puts the saddle on big time class dropper Market King. The Into Mischief sired runner finished third in a $50K claimer in its last. D. Wayne raced this one in the Rebel, Bluegrass, and Preakness last year. Market King never developed into a top 3-year-old. Lukas may have found the colt’s best levels. The drop should lead to a win.

Firery Tale failed against $55K state-bred allowance runners in its last. The 4-year-old gelding goes back to $30K claiming n2L on Thursday. That move alone makes this one a contender. Tale goes second time for trainer Wesley Hawley, a 33% winning move, and this is the gelding’s third race in the form cycle.

Robertino Diodoro runner Attained Success must break from post-12. That’s never a good thing. But Attained Success has enough speed to get into a good position. If jockey Orlando Mojica doesn’t lose ground around the first turn, the Diodoro runner could win. Using on top and bottom in the exotics makes sense.

  • Win: Market King
  • Place: Firery Tale
  • Show: Attained Success

League Of Legends LEC Weekend Matches Odds April 10th

With the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Spring Split Playoffs rolling right along, it’s time to offer up a pair of expert LoL predictions on two intriguing matchups that will take place this coming weekend. Now, let’s find out who’s in action their League of Legends Betting Odds and which teams are offering the best value against their MyBookie.ag esports betting odds.

League Of Legends LEC Weekend Matches April 10th

Friday, April 10 at 11:00 AM

Group Stage Best of 5 Series

Rogue vs Origen

  • Rogue +235
  • Origen -345

Origen has won three of five, but they’ve also dropped two straight including a 3-1 loss against Fnatic in the first round of the layoffs on April 4. Origen finished in third place in the LEC standings at 13-5. Bot laner Upset ranks second in the LEC in KDA with a stellar 7.64 while teammate and jungler Xerxe ranks sixth with a fine, 5.85 KDA. Rogue has lost four of their last five games, but they managed to subdue Misfits Gaming 3-1 in their playoff opener on April 5. Still, no player on their roster has a higher KDA than bot laner Hans sama’s 4.22.

League of Legends Prediction

There’s a reason why Origen is such a huge favorite in this matchup and it’s because they are, by far, the better and more cohesive team in this pairing. Not only that, but after they got taken down in their playoff opener by a Fnatic team that finished the regular season with an identical 13-5 record, I’m fully expecting Origen to be seriously focused from the outset in this one! This matchup looks like an anti-climatic affair just waiting to happen.

 LOL Pick: Origen 3-1

Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 AM

MAD Lions vs Fnatic

  • MAD Lions +315
  • Fnatic -500

The MAD Lions finished the regular season in fourth place at 11-7. They’ve alternated wins and losses over their last four matchups but managed to sneak past G2 3-2 in their playoff opener on April 3. Second place 2019 summer runner-up Fnatic has won three of their last four and they come into this matchup off a solid 3-1 win over Origen in the first round of the playoffs.

I’m going to keep my esports expert pick here simple by saying that Fnatic is the easy pick based on the fact that bot laner Rekkles is far and away the best player in this matchup – and possibly the entire LEC with his jaw-dropping 9.9 KDA. While Lions bot laner Caps and jungler Jankos are both elite players that won’t bow out without putting up a real fight, I’m going with Fnatic to take another step toward reaching the finals after coming up just short of doing so in the 2019 summer campaign. This one looks like a thriller just waiting to happen, but I like Fnatic to get it done!

LOL Pick: Fnatic 3-2

League Of Legends CBLOL April 11th Matches Odds & Predictions

I don’t know of anyone who is enjoying the current coronavirus lockdown that we are seeing across the world. This is especially true of sports fans, may of whom are having a difficult time adjusting to life without their favorite form of entertainment. It is even tougher on those of us who love to wager on the sports that we watch, but there is a little bit of a silver lining in that there are other things to wager on. Esports has developed a massive global audience over the last few years, and that number will almost certainly grow once people discover how fun it is to watch and wager on. For this piece, we are looking at the Brazilian League of Legends events for April 11. There are 4 games on tap, with each matchup being the best of 1. Let’s get to the games in the CBLOL on Friday and League of Legends Odds.

League Of Legends CBLOL April 11th Matches

Redemption Porto Alegre Vs Prodigy Esports

Before we get into the Saturday games in the CBLOL, it is worth noting that there is a round of games set to go on Friday, so the results mentioned in this piece will have been played prior to that. Porto Alegre are sitting down near the bottom of the table at 4-8, but they are coming off a win in their last outing, although that little run may come to an end on Friday when they face the team at the top. Prodigy are tied for 3rd at 7-5 and are coming off a win, so look for them to keep it rolling with another win here,


The race for the top spot in the CBLOL is a tight one, but can anyone run down Vivo Keyd? The leaders are currently sitting at 9-3 and looking very tough to beat, but given how close things are, they will be well aware that just one slip up could potentially see them lose their lead. It’s tough to imagine that mistake coming here, though, as they are going against a KABUM team that is tied for last with a record of 4-8. This should be a comfortable win for Vivo Keyd.

INTZ Vs Flamengo Esports

While Vivo are doing a fine job of maintaining their lead, it is Flamengo who are the team breathing down their neck right now, sitting 1 win off the pace with an 8-4 record. They will be looking to bounce back this weekend after a surprising loss to Porto Alegre in their last outing. INTZ are tied for last in the CBLOL right now, sitting at 4-8, and they are heading into the weekend on the heels of another loss, this time to Prodigy. I don’t see Flamengo slipping up twice in the same week.

Furia Uppercut Esports Vs paIN Gaming

The CBLOL is basically split in half at the moment, with the top 4 teams beginning to open up on the bottom 4. The games this weekend could see things tighten up or perhaps become even more divided, depending on how things go. Furia find themselves in the bottom half of the standings with a 5-7 record, while paIN is still within reach of the top spot at 7-5. This could be a big weekend for paIN, so look for them to get the win here.

Walt Harris says Alistair Overeem UFC main event set for May 16 in ‘undisclosed location’

The UFC will make a third attempt at booking Walt Harris vs. Alistair Overeem as a main event.

A heavyweight matchup between Harris (13-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and Overeem (45-17 MMA, 10-6 UFC) looks set to top the UFC’s planned May 16 card, which, according to reports, could take place at Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, Calif., along with a number of other upcoming events during the coronavirus pandemic.

MMA Junkie confirmed with a person close to the situation that the fight is currently planned after Harris announced the booking Wednesday on social media (via Instagram):

We got a fight. May 16. Alistair Overeem and myself will be fighting at an undisclosed location in the main event. Y’all can look forward to that, I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to put on a show for you guys.

The pair initially was scheduled to headline UFC on ESPN 7 last December in Washington D.C., but Harris withdrew from the fight after the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, who was later found murdered after a one-month search.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik stepped in to replace Harris and scored a comeback knockout victory over Overeem with just four seconds remaining in the fight. Prior to that, Overeem had notched back-to-back finishes over Sergey Pavlovich and Aleksei Oleinik.

They were then rescheduled to face off in the main event on April 11 in Portland, OR., but that event was one of three postponed by the promotion during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris’ last win also came over Oleinik, when he stopped the Russian in just 12 seconds at UFC on ESPN 4 last July. It was his third win in a row.

UFC 249 free fight: Jeremy Stephens takes out Dooho Choi in ‘Fight of the Night’ display

Jeremy Stephens has a well-earned reputation as a man who finishes fights in violent fashion, and the UFC’s latest free fight offering highlights “Lil’ Heathen” at his power-punching best.

Longtime UFC veteran Stephens (28-17 MMA, 15-16 UFC), has been in his fair share of barnburners and remains a serious threat to any man standing across from him on fight night. It was no different at UFC Fight Night 124 in January 2018 when he took on South Korea’s Dooho Choi, who was coming off a “Fight of the Year,” contender against Cub Swanson.

The two exchanged leg kicks early as they battled for control of the center of the octagon. Stephens charged forward with haymakers as Choi backed up to avoid the American’s power punches. Choi also enjoyed success on the counter, as he connected with some solid shots as Stephens continued to press forward.

In Round 2 both fighters came out wild, with both men loading up on their shots. Stephens started to find his range as he connected with some clean punches. Around the midway point of the round, he was able to back Choi to the fence, before unloading a big overhand right that dropped his man. A few brutal elbows followed on the ground, and eventually the referee stepped in to end the punishment.

Stephens has dropped his last three contests, but will be looking to put things right when he returns to action against hard-hitting featherweight contender Calvin Kattar at UFC 240 on Apr. 18.

Relive Stephens’ impressive finish of “The Korean Superboy” in the video above.

Major Airline to Announce Filing for Bankruptcy 1st

While those of us who love to wager on sports are lamenting at the suspension of all the major leagues across the world, the reality is that we are living in a time where all aspects of daily life are basically at a standstill. With many people now being ordered to shelter in place, fewer and fewer are leaving the house and travelling for work. The roads are quiet, but the skies are quieter still, as airline traffic is all but non-existent in some places. All of this suggests that the major airlines are going to be in serious trouble if this current quarantine situation continues much longer, but which of them will file for bankruptcy first? We have the Special Wagers Odds for that and are going to make predictions based on a huge consumer airline survey performed in 2019, so let’s get right to it.

Special Wagers – Major Airline to Announce Filing for Bankruptcy 1st

American Airlines (+175)

There are several factors that go into American Airlines being the most likely to go bankrupt first, and it is more than just the results of the consumer survey. AA currently has more debt than they carried in 2011, which was the last time that they filed for bankruptcy, plus they are embroiled in ongoing labor issues. Making matters worse is that a large number of their fleet was grounded when problems arose with the 737 Max. The capper is that this airline finished last out of the 9 major US airlines in that 2019 survey. All of this suggests that they are a good bet to declare bankruptcy first.

Delta (+250)

Next on the list is Delta, but there are some things that suggest to me that they might not be the first with their hands out during this crisis. The most obvious reason is that they landed in the #1 spot in the consumer survey in 2019, with their worst category there being 2+ hour delays on the tarmac, which is not something that should be an issue right now. Their hub is in Atlanta, which is the busiest airport in the world, so there should still be lots of traffic. People will choose them when given limited options.

United Airlines (+250)

I would certainly out United Airlines ahead of Delta when talking about who is most likely to declare bankruptcy first, and it once again goes back to that 2019 consumer survey. People who are in a position where they need to fly are going to turn to the airline that they trust the most, with that survey showing Delta at the top of the list. United did not do well in that one, finishing down in 8th out of 9, just ahead of American Airlines by the slimmest of margins.

Southwest Airlines (+500)

There were a number of different factors that were taken into account with the 2019 survey, and while Southwest finished 3rd out of 9, they finished first in a pair of very important categories. They had the fewest number of complaints and also the fewest 2-hour+ delays on the tarmac. That speaks to an airline that is efficient and which puts the needs of its customers first. That should serve them well in these troubled times.

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Esports Primer: Dota 2

Esports are passionately followed by millions of fans around the globe on a daily basis. With the games featuring a wide range of formats, competition types and schedules, Field Level Media is producing a series of overviews to introduce you to the most popular titles, teams and personalities.

Dota 2

Today, a look at Dota 2.

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) that was developed and published by Valve Corporation. It was released in 2013 as the sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA).

Dota 2 is a completely free-to-play game, with Valve offering loot boxes and a “Battle Pass” subscription system that lets players purchase virtual goods such as cosmetic items and access to tournament and event features. Proceeds from Battle Pass sales typically go toward tournament prize pools.

In the game, two teams of five players compete against each other to defend their bases on a map while battling to destroy the “Ancient” structure in their opponent’s base.

The Chinese Dota 2 scene includes several of the world’s elite teams, including Invictus, PSG.LGD, Royal Never Give Up and ViCi Gaming. Europe’s Nigma and Alliance plus the Commonwealth of Independent States’ Gambit Esports are three other top teams, along with Evil Geniuses from the United States.


Valve’s Twitch channel is the main streaming platform to watch events, and the company uploads all broadcasts for TI and other tournaments to its YouTube channel.

ESL also broadcasts all major Dota events it organizes on Twitch.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

Esports primer: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Esports are passionately followed by millions of fans around the globe on a daily basis. With the games featuring a wide range of formats, competition types and schedules, Field Level Media is producing a series of overviews to introduce you to the most popular titles, teams and personalities.

Today, a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, commonly referred to as CS:GO, is a multiplayer first-person shooter game published by Valve. It was released in 2012 as the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series, with Valve transitioning the game to a free-to-play model in December 2018.

The goal of the game is straightforward with two teams, the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists, competing in different game modes to complete objectives on various “maps.”

Players are rewarded at the end of each round based on their performance, earning virtual currency to spend on additional weapons or utility. Completing objectives earns cash bonuses, while actions such as killing teammates incurs penalties.

There are nine primary game modes: Competitive, Casual, Deathmatch, Arms Race, Demolition, Wingman, Flying Scoutsman, Danger Zone and Weapons Course.

Competitive mode features two teams of five players competing against each other, with each player having a skill-based ranking. Matchmaking is supported in each of the online game modes, running the Valve Anti-Cheat to prevent cheating and match players of similar skill levels.

The current active duty map pool includes Inferno, Train, Mirage, Nuke, Overpass, Dust II and Vertigo. They are the most balanced and competitive maps used in official Valve events.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

Rivers considered retirement before Colts called

The Indianapolis Colts officially announced the signing of quarterback Philip Rivers on Saturday, handing the keys of the franchise to the 16-year veteran.

Terms of the deal were not released, but multiple reports peg it as a one-year, $25 million pact.

“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in a team statement. “His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”

Rivers, 38, spent all 16 seasons with the Chargers, where he worked with head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni in the 2013-15 seasons and already has a feel for the Colts’ offense.

“I’m sure there are certainly some things that have changed — I look forward to learning those and getting a feel for those — but for the most part it is going to be almost the same system that we’ve ran since I’ve been in since ’13,” Rivers said during a conference call with reporters. “In a lot of ways you find out over a long career that a lot of us all run the same thing. You call it a little differently. …

“I know what those guys are trying to get out of a play and why they are calling this. They understand what I think and how I look for things. There is a good dynamic there from the way we communicate. I think that that is a positive and I do think there was a trust factor that was built in our time here in San Diego.”

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Rivers is sixth all-time in career passing yards (59,271) and touchdowns (397). With the Chargers, he completed 64.7 percent of his 7,591 pass attempts.

Rivers said he considered retirement but wanted to continue his career because he felt he could still play at a high level.

“There really wasn’t necessarily a plan like, ‘Hopefully we can do one year, hopefully we can do two.’ It was just kind of, ‘Hey, whatever works out best for both sides,’ and it happened to work out this way,” Rivers said. “And, again, like I said, we’re a ways away. We know how this league is, things change in a hurry, but certainly hope that it’s longer than that.

“But I think it’s just important to focus on this season and focus on right now. How can I get better and help the Colts today? And doing that throughout the rest of this offseason and throughout this season.”

Rivers was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, and shipped to the Chargers for No. 1 overall pick Eli Manning, who said he wouldn’t play in San Diego. He left the Chargers as the holder of more than 30 franchise records.

The Chargers opted not to re-sign him after his play declined last season. He passed for 4,615 yards but his touchdown passes dropped from 32 in 2018 to 23, and his interception count rose from 12 to 20.

With the Colts, he is set to replace Jacoby Brissett, who became the starter after the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck before the start of the 2019 season.

Brissett was 7-8 as a starter in 2019, throwing for 2,942 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Also on Saturday, the Colts released quarterback Brian Hoyer.

The 34-year-old Hoyer, who had two stints with the Patriots (2009-11, 2017-18), could return to New England to mentor Jarrett Stidham or even venture to Tampa Bay to back up Tom Brady, per reports.

Hoyer started his career with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State, then had stops with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers before returning to the Patriots in 2017. He played in four games (one start) with the Colts last season and passed for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

For his career, Hoyer has completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 10,274 yards with 52 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Indians 2020 Pre-Season Analysis

The Cleveland Indians saw their three-year run atop the AL Central Division end last year and failed to make the playoffs despite a very good season where they won 93 games. What can we expect from the Tribe in 2020? Again, assuming there is a season. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the Cleveland Indians 2020 Season.

Cleveland Indians 2020 Pre-Season Analysis

Cleveland Indians Offensive Analysis

The Indians have one of the best overall players in the majors in All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, but will he be a member of the Indians this entire season? We would guess not as the Tribe know they can’t afford Lindor when he hits free agency after next season and seem likely to trade him at some point this year – when largely depending on whether they are contending or not. If Cleveland is a good team, perhaps Lindor stays all season; if not, he’s probably a goner this summer.

He and the team have suspended any contract talks. Lindor said he would like to remain with the Indians but said “they haven’t offered me the right thing” yet. Team president Chris Antonetti says the Indians and Lindor’s reps worked for months and tried “creative concepts” to strike a deal but fell short. He could be looking at a contract of around $400 million in free agency. He will make $17.5 million in 2020 and will likely be awarded in the neighborhood of $25 million in 2021 via the arbitration process.

Last season, Lindor had splits of .284/.335/.518 with 32 home runs, 74 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 101 runs scored over 143 games in 2019. He’s also a stellar defensive player. The Dodgers and Reds have been mentioned as top trade candidates, although L.A. already dealt for Mookie Betts so that might take them out of the Lindor sweepstakes.

The Tribe have one of the best left sides of the infield in the majors with Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez. He was an MVP candidate in 2019 but had a dreadful first half last season and dealt with a hand injury toward the end of the second half, but he still managed to post a .255/.327/.479 batting line with 23 home runs, 83 RBI, 24 stolen bases, and 68 runs scored in 129 games played.

Cleveland Indians Pitching Analysis

In another cost-cutting move, the Indians shipped two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers. In exchange for the 33-year-old Kluber, Cleveland received outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase, a hard-throwing 21-year-old with huge potential.

Since the Indians acquired Kluber in a 2010 trade with San Diego, he had blossomed into one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers. Kluber won his first Cy Young in 2014, when he went 18-9, and added No. 2 in 2017 after going 18-4 and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA. Last year, Kluber broke his right forearm when he was struck by a line drive during a start at Miami and never made it back.

Even before that injury, Kluber wasn’t right, with hitters making higher-quality contact and putting the ball in the air against him at a greater rate than they had in any previous season. His velocity has dropped across the board over the last five years. Still, it sure seems as if the Indians could have gotten more in a trade.

Cleveland still has a pretty strong rotation, though. Righthander Mike Clevinger is becoming an ace. He did have surgery on February 14 to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee and was going to miss time but not probably won’t with the coronavirus delay. Shane Bieber, 24, a control artist coming into ’19, struck out 259. The bullpen could be the hardest to hit in the game (although Clase will miss three months with a back strain).

However, projected No. 3 starter Carlos Carrasco is hurt again. Last week, he was shut down while dealing with mild right elbow inflammation. The 32-year-old Carrasco missed three months last season battling chronic myeloid leukemia. He appeared in 23 games and went 6-7 with a 5.29 ERA. He came to camp looking to regain the form that saw him win a league-leading 18 games in 2017 and 17 the next season.

Cleveland Indians Offseason Movements

  • Cleveland Indians Notable additions: RP Emmanuel Clase, OF Delino DeShields Jr., 2B Cesar Hernandez, C Sandy Leon, RP Dominic Leone, C Cameron Rupp, C Beau Taylor
  • Cleveland Indians Notable subtractions: SP Cody Anderson (FA), RP Nick Goody (waivers), SP Corey Kluber (TEX), RP Tyler Olson (CHC), C Kevin Plawecki (BOS), OF Yasiel Puig (FA), SP/RP Danny Salazar (FA)

Cleveland Indians Season Odds

+3000 to win World Series, +2400 for AL pennant.

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