Best Bets: Live Longshots at Oaklawn, Fair Grounds

Fans at Oaklawn enjoy a race in this file photo. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

America’s Best Racing and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend.

Vág will identify her top picks as well as at least one longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will occasionally look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.

This Weekend’s Bets

weekend Television schedule

Saturday, March 14: 3-7 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, March 15: 3-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, March 14

Longshot Play

Oaklawn Park, Race 7, 4:44 p.m. ET

#10 K Choice: Was put in a very favorable spot last time out but unfortunately came up empty in the stretch. The outside draw here should have this one put on or near the lead early, and that could prove a recipe for success as his best efforts have come in a style similar to that. He could be sitting on a big effort here.

Longshot Play

Fair Grounds, Race 9, 5:22 p.m. EST

#6 Zurlin: It took her long enough to break her maiden in her 12th lifetime start, but it does look like she can come right back and find the winner’s circle once again off that effort. In her last start, she took advantage of a perfect stalking trip and was able to make one late stretch rally. She draws a great post to work out something similar. If she can finish in a time similar to the 1:45.43 she did at this distance last time out, she will be a major factor.

Best Bet

Laurel Park, Race 10, $100,000 Private Terms Stakes, 5:43 p.m. ET

#7 Took Charge: This lightly raced colt has looked very impressive in his two starts, winning one and, most recently, finishing second after getting into a duel up front early that ended up costing him a chance late. Look for him to be put into play early and very likely dictate the tempo. Although he’s yet to race at a route distance before, all signs look like he will thrive going longer.

Best Bet

Santa Anita Park, Race 7, $400,000 Beholder Mile Stakes, 7 p.m. ET

#6 Ollie’s Candy: Should offer a decent price at post time based on the competitive field and the recent success of some of the other runners. This mare gets to face off against much easier than she has been in her most recent couple of starts, and sheshould appreciated racing at the shorter one-mile distance.


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