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2014 Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn

Oaklawn’s Fifth Season Stakes

DonoharmOn Saturday, January 11th we have the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Fifth Season is set at 1 1/16 mile for 4 year olds and up. In last year’s edition of the Fifth Stakes, Donoharm won by a neck over Skyring and paid $29.00 for the win. These two paid out $253.40 on the exacta and with Win Willy running third the $2 trifecta paid $1420.60! Going into this year’s edition, I wanted to look over last year’s race to see how it shaped up and how this year’s event could compare to it. After all, Donoharm is entered again in this year’s Fifth Season and the morning line has him at 10-1. After watching that race from last year, this race seemed to favor the stalkers here, sitting in the 3 to 5 slots off of the leader. Late runner, Win Willy had a lot of trouble in traffic, though. Take a look at the video-

 

Cyber Secret Leads Morning Line

CyberSecretIn this year’s Fifth Season Stakes, the 7/5 morning line favorite is the coupled entry of Drogue and Cyber Secret with the favor falling on Cyber Secret. Cyber Secret has a tendency to stalk the pace, so if last year’s race has any hold on this year’s event, he should be in good shape. He recently won the Prairie Bayou at Turfway Park by 4 ½ lengths at this distance, so he is certainly a threat. More importantly, of the 4 races he was in at Oaklawn last year, he won all of them including the Grade 3 Razorback and the Grade 2 Arkansas Handicap. He looks fit for this one and loves the track in Hot Springs, so although I dislike touting favorites, Cyber Secret cannot be overlooked.Stealcase There are several frontrunners in this bunch and I believe they will burn one another out. That leaves us looking for stalkers and come-from-behinds. If any in this field can stalk and possibly give Cyber Secret a run for it, it has to be Stealcase at 8 to 1 on the morning line. Trained by Mark Casse, Stealcase has the graded stakes experience and the preferred running style to give the favorite a challenge. I look for jockey, Eurico Da Silva to have Stealcase right on the hip pocket of Cyber Secret in this one and he has a good shot at pulling off the upset. For a longshot play, I’m going with last year’s winner, Donoharm at 10-1 on the ML. He has had a rough run of it since his 8th place finish in the Razorback Handicap last year, and I believe he can turn it around here and is due a big run. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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