2014 Oaklawn Handicap

Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn

Will Take ChargeIt is time to preview this year’s Oaklawn Handicap. The Oaklawn is for four year olds and upward going a distance id 11/8 miles for a purse of  $600,000. The morning line favorite is D. Wayne Lukas’ Will Take Charge at even money. We all remember this horse don’t we? I guess I touted him in every race last year and he was favored in none. Now that he has earned respect they make him the favorite. Will’s running style as of late has been to lay just off the pace and then make a strong run down the stretch. He will be ridden by his regular rider Luis Saez and will carry 123 pounds. The second choice in the ML is Todd Pletcher’s Golden Lad to be ridden by the veteran Gary Stevens. Golden Lad is a consistent one who has won four in a row including his last one, which was the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap here at Oaklawn. He likes to be 1st or 2nd early in the race and then pull away at the wire. I believe this will be difficult for him today with other early speed in the race. Third choice in the morning line is the second of Todd Pletcher’s entries Revolutionary. RevolutionaryWe remember him running third in the Kentucky Derby coming from well off the pace. He will be ridden here by Mike Smith and I expect him to come from the back of the pack. The question now is who will I pick? We all know that Will Take Charge is a favorite of mine but if you remember I picked against him in his last race. He is carrying top weight for this one and he will prove that he is a super horse if he wins in here giving up six pounds to Revolutionary and five pounds to his nemesis Moreno. I believe it will set up like this. Moreno and Golden Lad will duel for the early lead, but it will be Revolutionary and Will Take Charge flying at them in the stretch, with Revolutionary winning it, Moreno second and Will Take Charge third in a three horse photo. Happy Handicapping gals and guys!




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