The second running of the Oaklawn Mile, set for Saturday at Oaklawn Park on a card that also includes the Oaklawn Stakes, drew a fascinating field of 14. TOM’S D’ETAT, the 2019 winner of the Grade I Clark, figures to take the most action but appears beatable. Here’s our analysis of the Oaklawn Mile, which goes as Race 9 at 5:43 p.m. ET.
#2 MR. MONEY (4-1) won four Grade III stakes, all by open lengths, at age three before tailing off at season’s end, getting beat by longshot Math Wizard in the Pennsylvania Derby and finishing off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. However, the Bret Calhoun trainee is working smartly for his four-year-old bow, so expect a solid bounce-back effort. MR. MONEY draws favorably inside of TOM’S D’ETAT and will be ridden once more by Gabriel Saez.
#3 TOM’S D’ETAT (3-1, morning-line favorite) was twice a graded stakes winner in 2019 but at 1 1/8-miles each time. His lone career start at the one-mile distance was a win, but over just two others. It would not be surprising to see TOM’S D’ETAT come up just a bit flat in the lane on Saturday. Joel Rosario will be in the irons.
#8 BANKIT (15-1) should be given a pass for his off-the-board effort in the Essex Handicap last time out. He usually doesn’t handle off-tracks well, and that was a very sloppy surface he ran over last month. BANKIT looked sharp in two prior efforts on “fast” and “good” strips, missing the win in both the Razorback Handicap and Fifth Season Stakes by only a head. Ricardo Santana Jr. maintains the assignment.
The play: $10 win 2
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