There is a small stakes card on Sunday at Aqueduct and Woodbine on Sunday. Aqueduct has two $150,000 events with the running of the New York Stallion Series races.
Over at Woodbine, the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Gr. 3). Laurel Park has the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (Gr. 3) on Sunday afternoon as well.
Laurel Park has the feature race next weekend with the $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Gr. 2) on Saturday. There’s a lot of stakes races in the $100,000 range, but nothing to note.
We’re going to open the afternoon at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. Oaklawn Park has nine races worth $475,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Oaklawn Park picks for December 5, 2021.
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Race 2 is a mile event for a $40,000 purse. Trumpet Lilly and Right Trappe should be top contenders in this one.
Right Trappe is 2 for 9 in her career, and has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd in her previous three attempts. She is a back-to-back winner on August 14 and September 16.
Right Trappe defeated Remembrance by 1 ½ lengths for a $15,500 purse. She followed up with a 1 ¾ length $50,000 win on September 16.
In her latest attempt, she couldn’t complete the hat-trick and placed 2nd behind Trumpet Lilly by 9 lengths in a $68,000 event.
Trumpet Lilly is 2 for 10 in her career, and has finished 2nd, 8th, 1st in her last three. After finishing 8th at Keeneland for a $86,000 purse, she transferred to Churchill Downs and found success against Right Trappe.
In the rematch, unless Trumpet Lilly lost her form after going to Oaklawn, she should be good for a win in Hot Springs.
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Race 5 at Oaklawn covers 6 furlongs for a $35,000 purse on Sunday afternoon. Ain’t She a Pistol and Warrior’s Battle from the outside are going to be tough.
Ain’t She a Pistol has finished 5th, 3rd, 2nd in three attempts. In her latest outing, Ain’t She a Pistol placed 2nd behind I B Nasty by 1 ½ lengths for a $29,700 purse.
This was after showing 3rd on September 29 in a $38,000 assignment. That form would put Ain’t She a Pistol close.
Warrior’s Battle has finished 3rd, 4th in two attempts on August 19 and September 29. In her latest outing, Warrior’s Battle finished 4th for a $34,000 prize.
This was after showing 3rd on August 19 in the same class. It should be a good one in the stretch. Warrior’s Battle should have just enough.
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For a $84,000 purse in Race 7, we have a mile on the dirt. Rewire and Seal Beach should be good contenders for a look at the top prize.
Rewire has finished 2nd, 3rd in two races. He placed 2nd behind Unified Report by 1 length for a $92,000 purse on September 24 as a rookie.
In his next attempt, Rewire showed 3rd for a $92,000 purse on October 31. He looked good in workouts in November, with a time of 1:00.60 at 5 furlongs on November 21, and then 49.60 seconds at 4 furlongs on November 28.
Seal Beach has finished 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 10th, 2nd in five races. He has a graded attempt, going 10th on October 9 at Keeneland in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (Gr. 1).
That didn’t go well, but Seal Beach has been in the top-3 in all of his other outings. In his most recent, Seal Beach placed 2nd behind Epicenter by 3 ½ lengths for a $120,000 purse.
Despite that being tough, Seal Beach held well for 2nd. Down to $84,000, this colt has to be looked at closely in Race 7.