Monday's Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park marks the second 2020 Kentucky Derby points race at Oaklawn Park, where Answer In will make his 3-year-old debut against most of the top finishers from last month's Smarty Jones Stakes.
Before deciding how to bet Monday’s ninth race at Oaklawn, set for 5:43 p.m. ET, let’s meet the field. And in drawing your own conclusions, see free past performances.
#9 Answer In (3-1) was pretty good in all three starts last year. His extended sprint maiden win at Churchill was sharp, and he followed that up with a near miss in the Remington Springboard Mile. He is almost certainly ready to roll off the bench for Brad Cox.
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#2 Silver Prospector (9-2) was along for fourth in his Smarty Jones return in the mud Jan. 24. He had better early position in almost all of his other starts and will probably try to get into a tactical spot in this event.
#6 Chase Tracker (7-2) added blinkers and earned an improved number in a clear show finish in the Remsen (G2). He might be this good for Todd Pletcher.
#8 Taishan (5-1) is probably going to track the pace under Mario Gutierrez. He did just that in his maiden win at one mile on dirt at Santa Anita last fall. He broke a step slow in the Sham (G3) Jan. 4, and that cost him valuable tactical position.
#1 Wells Bayou (8-1) figures to carve out the fractions from the inside post. He caught wet tracks in all three of his starts and went all the way in two of those races. He's a stablemate to Answer In.
#3 Shoplifted (8-1) got there in the Springboard Mile and was an even third in the Smarty Jones. He fits with these on his best day.
#4 Gold Street (6-1) won his last three wet track starts, including the Smarty Jones. He got loose last time but probably won’t control the pace due to the presence of the rail horse.
#5 American Butterfly (15-1) showed closing ability in a head defeat in a local sprint Feb. 2. He was up on the pace in his juvenile starts, and it was nice to see some improvement last time. He might be best around one turn.
#7 Villainous (15-1) showed marked improvement second time out in a local flat mile maiden victory in the mud Jan. 24. He will have to improve again to threaten this group.
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