Eight of the country's top older horses will square off Saturday in the 2021 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park. The eight horses entered in the $1 million race have combined for 41 wins and more than $6 million in earnings. Express Train, who has three wins and earned $373,300 in nine career starts, is the 5-2 favorite in the latest 2021 Oaklawn Handicap odds. The Brad Cox-trained Owendale is the biggest earner in the race with $1,488,435 in 22 career starts. He is listed at 7-2 on the morning line in the talented 2021 Oaklawn Handicap field.
Five of the eight horses in the Oaklawn Handicap 2021 lineup are listed at 6-1 or shorter, and post time is 5:49 p.m. ET. With a balanced field ready to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what horse racing guru Jody Demling has to say before making any 2021 Oaklawn Handicap picks.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2021 Oaklawn Handicap off a major heater: At one point last year, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.
This is the same handicapper who hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 12 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but three times in his last 12 tries. Anyone who has followed him on these picks is way up.
Now, Demling has handicapped the 2021 Oaklawn Handicap field, made his picks, and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.
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One shocker: Demling is largely fading Fearless, even though he is one of the top favorites at 7-2. In fact, he says Fearless doesn't even hit the board. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., this five-year-old gelding has four wins and one second in seven career starts. He has raced only once since June, winning the Gulfstream Park Mile by three-quarters of a length on Feb. 27.
However, Fearless prefers to rally from off the pace, a running style that may not suit the pace dynamics on Saturday with only one speed horse in the starting gate. "I still have to see a good effort against a really good field before I can think he wins a race like this," Demling told SportsLine.
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Instead, Demling's top pick is a horse who "has looked impressive." Demling also is high on a long shot who "could be dangerous." Demling is including these horses in his exactas, trifectas and superfectas, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.
So who wins the 2021 Oaklawn Handicap? What long shot is dangerous? Check out the latest Oaklawn Handicap 2021 odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the Oaklawn Handicap.
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