Ryan Dickey: Friday’s Picks at Oaklawn Park

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By Ryan Dickey, The Pressbox Roving Correspondent — On Location in Hot Springs, AR

MY SELECTIONS AT OAKLAWN ON FRIDAY MARCH 15

Race 1 Maiden claiming ($10k) 1-1/16 mile 3 yo and up

#6 Cape County 9/2

#1 Moon Unit 3/2

#7 Rickhouse 9/5

Race 2 Claiming ($16k) 6 furlongs AR bred 3 yo and up

#6 Japedo 4-1

#11 Covington 5/2

#3 Oh So Tall 6-1

Race 3 Maiden claiming ($10k) 5-½ furlongs fillies and mares 3 yo and up

#7 La Johnnie 9/2

#4 Fortressa 7/2

#6 Sweet Apple Pie 12-1

Race 4 Allowance optional claiming ($62.5k) 6 furlongs 3 yo fillies

#2 Q Go Girl 7/2

#4 Into the South 3-1

#6 Kada 5/2

Race 5 Maiden claiming ($30k) 6 furlongs 3 yo

#5 I’m Busy 3-1

#3 Honduras 9/2

#9 Freemore 10-1

Race 6 Starter allowance 5-½ furlongs fillies and mares 4 yo and up

#9 Council Rules 4-1

#5 Niece Jackie Davis 10-1

#4 Honey Bunny 2-1

Race 7 claiming ($30k) 1-1/16 mile 4 yo and up

#1 Secret House 2-1

#4 St. Louie Guy 15-1

#5 True West 5-1

Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming ($16k) 1 mile 4 yo and up

#2 Mississippi 6-1

#10 Downtowner 15-1

#8 Marzo 7/2

Race 9 Claiming ($10k) 6 furlongs 3 yo and up

#3 Fareeq 3-1

#1 Rapid Assent 6-1

#10 I’m a River 5-1

 

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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