There is a big day of horse racing on Friday throughout the US, and it will get much bigger on Saturday. BetOnline has 13 race tracks to handicap today, but only one stakes race at Oaklawn Park. Speaking of that stakes race, TheSportsGeek has the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes covered on Friday.
If you don’t like Oaklawn today, then there are several other options available. Today isn’t a day that bettors can say there is nothing to bet on. There is plenty of horse racing to be had, including at Penn National Race Course in the evening. The Pennsylvania based racetrack has another evening card tonight in Grantville at Hollywood Casino.
Penn National has 11 racecourses scheduled for Friday night under the lights in Grantville. If you are looking for Oaklawn in Arkansas, then we have you covered there with three selections, including the Smarty Jones Stakes. Head below for our free Penn National Race Course picks for January 22, 2021.
Post Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
In the first race at Penn National Race Course, it’s the feature race worth $27,100. This is a 6-furlong event on the dirt, with six horses expected to participate. Mpemba and Tipsy Chatter should give a good run for the win in this one. Mpemba is winless in four races, going 8th, 3rd, 4th, 5th in her career.
In her best performance, Mpemba showed 3rd on September 3 in a $32,400 assignment. In her most recent outing, she finished 5th in a $27,000 race in a discouraging performance. That should have been a better result for Mpemba in that class, but could see a bounce-back outing in her future. Expect Mpbema to run a much closer race here.
Tipsy Chatter looked good as a first-time runner on December 22. The rookie did well to place 2nd behind Life Master Cathy by 2 ¼ lengths in a $27,100 event. She is expected to enjoy a successful career, and I think her debut reinforced the fact that Tipsy Chatter is going to rate a threat to all in her career. Against this beatable field, look for Tipsy Chatter to move up a spot and grab the win.
Post Time: 6:26 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile and 70 Yards
In our second selection at Penn National, we’ll look to find a winner in this six-horse field. Six horses are expected to travel a mile and 70 yards for a $19,000 purse. Krachenwagen and Blow the Whistle are going to be strong competitors in this event.
Krachenwagen is 4 for 27 in his career, with his most recent win on March 27. It was a strong run for Krachenwagen in a $25,000 event over Chase Runner by 2 lengths. However, since then, Krachenwagen has gone 2nd, 6th, 4th, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 2nd. She was in good form in her last race to place 2nd behind Blow the Whistle by 2 lengths.
It was a good effort, but no match for Blow the Whistle. Blow the Whistle is 18 for 47, with a couple of wins in her last four outings. He won on September 18 over Iywaan in a $18,100 event, and then the race against Krachenwagen noted above. A solid enough performance for Blow the Whistle would likely be good for a win here.
Post Time: 7:18 p.m. EST
We are looking at Race 4 for our final selection at Penn National. Mavilus and Expurgated are going to be top runners in Race 4. Mavilus won as a first-time runner on July 11 in a $25,000 event, but hasn’t had the same success since. She has gone 6th, 3rd, 8th, 5th, 2nd, so her most recent outing was encouraging, though.
Mavilus placed 2nd behind Thursday for a $24,000 purse on November 9. You have to believe that a similar run would put Mavilus close at the wire. Since that race, Mavilus has looked good in morning workouts. Mavilus completed 4 furlongs in 49.40 twice and 49 seconds over the last month. Expurgated is likely going to give her problems on Friday night.
Expurgated came out as a first-time runner and looked great in a $21,000 event. She was on fire and was noted as having speed to spare in a 8 ¼ length win. Expurgated was leading out of the gate and didn’t give up the lead for a wire-to-wire win. She had a 4 length lead going into the final stretch. It didn’t go as well in her next assignment, though.
Expurgated struggled in a $41,000 event, finishing 7th after fading away. Her trainer might have gone up in class just a bit too fast after the dominating win for a $21,000 prize. Back down in class, even more than the race she dominated as a rookie, Expurgated should be able to put everything together again. I will back the No. 4 horse in Race 4.