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Oaks Shadows Alysheba

Will Take Charge wins 2014 Oaklawn Handicap
Photo: Coady Photography

Moonshine Mullin- this boy is all over the place in terms of races and finished. One minutes he is running second to a colt like Stay Thirsty in the Jim Dandy, but now, he can be found winning in claiming races and allowance OC races. He has won at 1 1/8 before, back in 2011, but recently, his limit looks to be 1 1/16. This one looks to be running in here just to be running. Pass.

Will Take Charge- Looking like the horse to beat, 2013 3-year-old champion male has held his form that he displayed late last season. With a win and two second place finished this season, he is as strong as eve. When the Coach says he is running him just to “jump right in,” you have to take him seriously. I also like the switch to Stevens. Stevens should know how to colt works since he barely beat him in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year. What I don’t like about him in this spot is that the distance is little short of his sweet spot, but non the less, he is the horse to beat here. Major Contender.

Mylute- In his 4 year old debut, Mylute showed his face in an allowance race and won in good fashion. Not yet a stakes winner, he was a pretty convincing contender in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes. I think he will like the 1 1/8 distance. Watch for him to be running in the stretch. I know he can become a graded stakes winner, and this may be the perfect field to get his win. Contender

Coin Broker- A late starter, this colt only had one start last year, on new years day, against eventual Kentucky Derby started Verrezano. With three starts this year, he is taking that step up in class that he couldn’t take last year. Breaking his maiden in February, and winning an allowance at Gulfstream last month, he will need to be better than last year’s best male. I don’t see him getting his step up in class done here. Pass

Normandy Invasion- With only two wins to his credit, he has always been a serious threat. Fourth in last year’s Derby, he took some time off on the farm, and has come back this year with a vengeance. With a win and a second to Palace Malice, this one seems to be on the up and 1 1/16 seems to be well within his scope. He is not a graded stakes winner yet, but I do like his chances here. And with the Met Mile as the ultimate goal, this is a great prep. Contender.

Golden Soul- He was a decent player in last year’s three-year-old ranks, this one hasn’t actually won since December 30, 2012, which was his maiden. He was second in last year’s Derby, but he hasn’t been in the money since. He is such a confusing horse, so I don’t think I will chance it by taking him seriously. Pass

Golden Ticket- This five year old by Speightstown last out was fourth in the 7f Carter. He is a grade 1 winner, but that was in his three-year-old year, when he was in a Dead Heat with Alpha. Since then, he has consistently shown up. I don’t see him winning here, but I love his chances to hit the board. Exotic plays.

Appealing Tale- a consistent allowance runner, Appealing Tale last out placed in the Santana Mile at Santa Anita. Having a seemingly good pedigree for the step up in class, I don’t think this is the race for him to do it in. Pass

Bradester- By distance runner Lion Heart, Bradester is fairly consistent. Last out, he did finish off the board in the New Orleans Handicap, but he did win the G3 Mineshaft Handicap. He has won on the Churchill surface, so we know he can handle it. He should be the early speed here, but I don’t think his speed will hold against some of these other horses. Pass.


Casey's Picks: Mylute, Will Take Charge, Normandy Invasion 

~Written by Casey Laughter 


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