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Jeff Siegel's Best Bets: Big day at Oaklawn

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

May 2, 2020 12:13 AM

The Xpressbet analyst offers his plays for Fridays and Saturdays.

OAKLAWN PARK - RACE 2: Post 12:32 CT

6-Scolding (7/2)

Brought for $475,000 at the 2019 Ocala Breeders' Sales where she breezed in 20 3/5 seconds, the fastest quarter mile at the preview session. She finally makes it to the races more than a year later and has done everything asked of her in the morning for trainer Steve Asmusssen while attracting the barn’s “go to” rider Ricardo Santana, Jr. The daughter of Carpe Diem looks cranked up and ready to win as a straight play and rolling exotic single and offers value at anywhere near her morning line of 7/2. 

OAKLAWN PARK - RACE 13: Post 6:43 CT.

5-Nadal (5/2)

Overcoming an intense pace battle that would have cooked a lesser horse, this gifted 3-year-old son of Blame was super impressive winning the Rebel Stakes here last month to remain unbeaten for trainer Bob Baffert. He's trained superbly at his home base at Santa Anita and returns to Oaklawn Park fitter, stronger, and most likely better. Regular rider Joel Rosario will take the early lead if it's handed to him but has the option of tucking and stalking if the situation dictates.  At 5/2 on the morning line, he’s a strong win wager and rolling exotic single in the second division of the Arkansas Derby-G1. 

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