Friday's Racing Picks: Oaklawn Park

Sweet Lou Monaco's picks are in, find out who he's backing in Friday's eighth race at Oaklawn Park
Lou Monaco
Fri, February 14, 6:02 AM EST

Race 8 Oaklawn Park - PICKS: 8-1-6-7

We head to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas for today’s feature, an $88,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up over six furlongs on the dirt. The field of 9 will go to gate for race 8 on the 9-race card with an approximate post time of 5:42 p.m. ET.

#8, Augie, Fernando De La Cruz, 3-1 - This will be Augie’s 23rd career start, where he is 2-11-3. Yes, 11 runner-up finishes in his career, including his last three starts with his last two coming in allowance races at Turfway Park on Dec. 21 and Jan. 24. This will be his eight career start at Oaklawn (0-3-2) and his first since, you guessed it a second-place finish in a waiver maiden claiming on April 18. Fernando De La Cruz is in the saddle for trainer Genaro Garcia. I just think Augie is due for a break. The pick.

#1, Impressed, Julio Felix, 7-2 - Impressed has been impressive as he has won two straight starts, capturing a maiden special weight (Nov. 15) and an optional $20,000 claiming race (Dec. 28), both at Hawthorne Racecourse. He owns the field’s best last-race Beyer Speed Figure (83) and has finished in the money in three straight and eight of his last 10 starts. This will be his first start at Oaklawn Park since a third-place finish in a maiden special weight race on May 3. Julio Felix has the mount for trainer Ingrid Mason. Runner-up.

#6, Firecrow, Ricardo Santana, Jr., 9-2 - He had four straight in the money finishes, including two victories, prior to his disappointing ninth-place finish in an allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs in his last start on Nov. 1. This will be his third career starts at Oaklawn Park, where he has had two straight fourth-place finishes. I think he rebounds from his last and will improve with Ricardo Santana, Jr. in the saddle for trainer Ron Moquett. Contender.

#7, Nice Work, Tyler Baze, 5-2 - Nice Work has put in some nice work with a 2-1-1 record in six career starts. He comes over from the West Coast, where he has raced his last five at Santa Anita Park, including a ninth-place finish in an allowance optional claiming race on May 10. Prior to that, he finished in the money in four straight, including two wins on Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. He has been on a layoff of nine-plus months, so we will see how does coming off of it. Tyler Baze has the mount for trainer Michael Puhich. In the mix.

By Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco
Sweet Lou is a sportswriter with a passion and skill for picking winners on the track. Lou always knows when there's a horse you should be backing, whether it's the favorite or a longshot.
Mar 2020

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