2014 Fair Grounds Oaks

Fair Grounds Oaks at Fair Grounds

UntapableIt is time to preview the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks for three year old fillies going a distance of 11/16 miles for a purse of $400,000. We know Spring is here when these races for three year olds begin to show up. The field for the Fair Grounds Oaks is surprisingly short with only five starters. Now help me understand this. The purse is divided up between the first five finishers, with fifth place getting two percent of the $400,000. That is $8000 going to the horse that finishes fifth. So in a five horse field you would get paid $8000 just for running in this race! Your horse would not have to put out any effort whatsoever to receive this money. And to top it off the conditions say that sixth through ninth place finishers get 1% or $4000, but we don’t have but five entries. So what a great windfall for the horse that finishes last! She doesn’t even have to put out one smidgeon of effort and she gets rewarded with eight grand, the jockey gets $800 and the trainer gets whatever he is contracted for. Ain’t life good! It is good to be in the racing business! Ok, the morning line favorite is Steven Asmussen’s Untapable with Rosie Napravnik in the irons. This filly is coming off of a literal romp in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes here at the Fair Grounds where she destroyed the field. She likes to be close to the pace and sets up for the kill down the stretch.

FiftyshadesofgoldSecond choice in the ML is Dallas Stewart’s Unbridled Forever. She is coming off a win in a stakes race here at the Fair Grounds and will be ridden by Robbie Albarado. She too likes to stay close to the pace, but she is lightly raced and this is her first time to face graded stakes competitors. Third choice in the morning line is Bret Calhoun’s Fiftyshadesofgold ridden by Mike Smith. This filly is coming off a stakes win at Houston and she likes to to be fairly close to the pace. She did run a close fourth in a graded stakes event at Saratoga in August and is well placed here. So what’s it going to be? In my humble opinion, I believe it will be Fiftyshadesofgold running down outsider Mary Rita, and finishing third will be Untapable. Happy Horse Picking guys and gals!




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