Onward to Thursday where BetOnline has a big day with ten racecourses on the docket. There are no stakes racing to note on the calendar. If you count a couple of $35,000 stakes events at Turf Paradise then, yeah, there is stakes racing. However, anything under $100,000 isn’t much of a stakes race.
There is a $1,000,000 stakes race in the running of the Rebel Stakes (Gr. 2) on Saturday, so that should garner plenty of attention. That is a prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. There isn’t any big racing on Thursday, but hopefully some winners. That’s all I’m concerned with at the end of the day.
We are going to make our first stop on Thursday at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. This is the home of the feature race of the weekend in the US. For the Thursday card, there are nine races on the card, with a total of $418,500 in prize money available. Head below for our free Oaklawn Park picks for March 11, 2021.
Post Time: 1:31 p.m. CST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
In our first selection at Oaklawn Park, seven horses are signed up to run 1 1/16 miles. Indian Bella and Descente head into Thursday on a heater and looking for more wins after a hot streak recently. They’ve both been on fire, with Indian Bella entering today on a three-race winning streak. She is a winner since June 28, with her most recent win on August 1.
Note that Indian Bella has won four of her previous five entries, and top-3 in five straight events. Indian Bella defeated Nocturnal Mission by 4 ¼ lengths in a $16,000 assignment. Prior to that win, Indian Bella beat She’s Divine by ¾ lengths in a $32,078 event. She is without a doubt capable of winning at this level. Descente is going to be hot on Indian Bella’s tail in this one.
Descente is on a four-race winning streak, with a win since September 5 to January 8. A win at Gulfstream Park over Bahama Kitten by 6 lengths in a $19,000 event. That was far too easy. Descente most recently defeated Free to Fly by 7 ¾ lengths in a $23,000 race. That was much too easy as well. Will this be too easy? Probably not as easy, but a winnable race no doubt given her recent form.
Post Time: 3:38 p.m. CST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is a $88,000 event on the dirt covering 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Sylvia Q and Sister Annie should have something to say in the stretch in this race. Sylvia Q is a one-time winner in four races, with a victory on November 28 at Churchill Downs. She was in good form to beat Illogami by ¾ lengths in a $85,000 assignment.
Sylvia Q placed 2nd behind Barista by a nose in a $43,000 event. In her next race, Sylvia Q finished 4th in the $200,000 Martha Washington Stakes on January 30. That was much too tough, and 4th was to be expected given where the money was flowing. Sylvia Q will be tested by Sister Annie in the stretch run. Sister Annie has been a consistent runner, finishing top-3 in four straight races to open her career.
Sister Annie recorded the first win of her career on January 15 over Peace Broker by 3 ¾ lengths in a $50,000 event. Sister Annie followed up in her most recent effort to show 3rd on February 12 in a $56,000 assignment. With Sylvia Q dropping in class from a $200,000 to a $88,000 race, and she’s shown that she can win in a $85,000 race, I am learning towards her instead, though. I would like to see Sister Annie compete strongly in this class before backing her as the morning-line favorite. Give me Sylvia Q to win.
Post Time: 4:40 p.m. CST
We are on to the feature race at Oaklawn Park, a 6-furlong event on the dirt for a $90,000 purse. I’m looking at Seven Nation Army and The Sound to get into the winner’s circle in Race 8. Seven Nation Army has finished top-3 in five straight performances going into Thursday. In his most recent win, Seven Nation Army defeated Hollis by a head in a $90,000 race on November 22.
He came close to the first stakes win of his career on February 6, but was denied by 1 length against Boldor in the $150,000 King Cotton Stakes. He’s appeared in two stakes races in his career, placing 2nd in both entries. Overall in his career, Seven Nation Army is 7 for 24 and could see another win on Thursday. I think there’s better value out there in Race 8, though.
The Sound hasn’t done worse than 2nd in his career, and is coming off a hat-trick with three straight wins. The young colt is looking for four straight wins on Thursday following a win on January 29 in his debut at Oaklawn Park. The Sound has already won at Belmont Park, Aqueduct, and Oaklawn. For a $300,000 investment, The Sound is on the right trajectory.
In his most recent showing, he beat Mo Mosa by a head as a heavy favorite for a $85,000 purse. That was closer than expected, but still a good run by The Sound to get the edge at the wire. He defeated Adare by 4 ¾ lengths in a $82,000 race on November 29 prior to his debut at Oaklawn. The value appears to be strong with The Sound in this event.