Xpressbet editor-in-chief Jeremy Plonk offers his top plays for Thursday.
Oaklawn Park Race 7 (5:04 pm ET)
#2 Born Into Bad News (20-1 ML)
First-time starter is projected too high in the morning line, but still should be a solid price play. Trainer Allen Milligan had his best week of the meet last week, so the barn is trending right. Meanwhile, veteran jockey Luis Quinonez was on fire at Oaklawn last week, winning with 5 of 9 mounts (2 victories with Milligan). This trainer has 21% wins and a $2.07 ROI for every $1 bet on his first-time starters over the past year. Win-place bet.
Gulfstream Park Race 9 (5:13 pm ET)
#2 Prefect (3-1 ML)
The trainer-jockey combo of Danny Gargan and Miguel Vasquez has hit 32% winners since the start of 2021 at Gulfstream Park. That top jockey Luis Saez is off this mount due to his travel to the Dubai World Cup may only help the price. Prefect gets back to his preferred turf surface Thursday. Win bet.