You favorite online sportsbooks may be hard-pressed finding live sporting events to bet on, but their racebooks are still up and running with daily cards at some top tracks in the nation. On the slate for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are live racing cards at Gulfstream Park in Florida, Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and Remington Park in Oklahoma.
If you are looking for a few bigger stakes races to bet on, Oaklawn’s Saturday card is highlighted by the $150,000 Oaklawn Mile and the $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes. The actual field for both races is still taking shape but the level of competition is expected to be deep.
This Saturday’s card at Oaklawn was supposed to feature the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby as the final big prep race for the Kentucky Derby, but that $1 million race has been pushed back to early May. However, the other two big races on this Saturday’s card are expected to go off as planned.
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The preliminary field for the Oaklawn Mile has nine horses listed as possible. This race is open to thoroughbreds four years and older and it will be contested on dirt. A few of the top trainers should be represented in this race with Bob Baffert expected to run Improbable while Steve Asmussen could have as many as three entries in the final field.
Improbable made a name for himself as a three-year old with a fourth-place finish in 2019 Kentucky Derby, The four-year old Kentucky-bred colt went on to finish fourth in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby later that year before ending up fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. This will be his 2020 debut following the long layoff.
Another horse to watch in this race is trainer Bret Calhoun’s Mr. Money. This four-year old colt will also be running his first race of the year after fading to seventh in last year’s BC Dirt Mile. The highlight of his three-year old campaign was a victory in the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby to cap off four wins in a row. He took second in Pennsylvania Derby ahead of last November’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.
The projected field for the Oaklawn Stakes could reach and many as 13 entries. Open to three-year old thoroughbreds, the race will be contested on Oaklawn’s dirt track over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. Baffert is expected to go with Thousand Works as his top entry coming off a fourth-place finish in Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year.
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Asmussen’s top contender should be Basin after placing third in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at this same track on March 14. The son of Liam’s Map made a big splash as a juvenile last year by winning the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 2. He covered the seven furlongs on dirt in 1:23.48.
Each of these races are part of the daily horse racing action you can find listed in the racebook of your favorite online sportsbook. While betting on live sporting events may be on hold for the time being, there is nothing more exciting than seeing your top play in a horse race cross the finish line first.
With a wide variety of betting options and favorable wager limits, betting the races through an online racebook offers fast and easy access to all the action on the board.
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