Carousel Stakes & Oaklawn Mile Odds and Betting Picks

The undercard at Oaklawn Park on Saturday features some interesting names, with the in-form Cezanne taking on G1 fourth Fulsome in the G3 Oaklawn Mile, and last year’s runner-up Frank’s Rockette bidding to go one better against just five rivals in the ungraded Carousel.

Oaklawn Mile

The inaugural running of the Oaklawn Mile as a Graded stakes has been rewarded with a quality field for Saturday’s contest.

The morning-line choice is Cezanne, who has won at today’s distance but has recently been sprinting, notably last time out in the G2 San Carlos over seven furlongs at Santa Anita, where he beat overmatched rivals at odds-on. That was his second start after a nine-month layoff and he should be on top of his game today.

That may not be the case for Fulsome , coming back off a six-month break after running fourth behind Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon in the mile-eighth G1 Pennsylvania Derby. This is substantial class relief and the cut back in distance might be an advantage on his reappearance.

Necker Island won an allowance optional claimer over course and distance last time – Mo Mosa fourth, beaten three and a quarter lengths – but is only one-for-13 in stakes and probably needs an easier spot, while Runnin’ Ray makes his stakes debut after winning a similar race, also over course and distance, and won’t find it so easy to wire the field now he’s up in grade.

In 2019 Roadster won the G1 Santa Anita Derby, but has since lost ten straight and has had training issues, while Silver Prospector is on a seven-race losing streak, but ran well enough when runner-up to subsequent G2 winner Olympiad in the G3 Mineshaft at the Fair Grounds to suggest that his time might not be too far away.

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds courtesy of JazzSports
Runnin’ RayMartin Garcia+900
Mo MosaRamon A. Vazquez+2000
Market AnalysisLuis Contreras+1300
CezanneFlavien Prat+175
RoadsterFrancisco Arrieta+550
Silver ProspectorJose Lezcano+850
Dark VaderRicardo Santana, Jr.+1300
FulsomeFlorent Geroux+550
Necker IslandMitchell Murrill+750
Law ProfessorJohn R. Velazquez+700

Our Oaklawn Mile Betting Prediction:

CEZANNE returns to a mile after a good win in a G2 over seven furlongs, has a speed advantage over his main rival and should be cherry-ripe on his third start after a long layoff.

Carousel Stakes

Class is a potent weapon and Frank’s Rockette outranks her Carousel rivals on that score as she looks for compensation for a narrow defeat in this race 12 months ago.

On that occasion she was beaten three-quarters of a length by Edgeway, who has gone on to win two G3s and run second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, with Wildwood’s Beauty six and a half lengths further back in fourth. Frank’s Rockette has plenty of fine form above this level – two G2 wins and one G3 – and has hit the board in her three starts at Oaklawn, all in stakes.

Acting Out won for the first time in more than a year when pipping Joy’s Rocket by a neck in an allowance optional claimer over course and distance three weeks ago, with Lil’ Tootsie a half-length away in third place. However, Acting Out is now 7lb worse with Joy’s Rocket and 9lb worse with Lil’ Tootsie, so the placed horses have every right to flip the form. Novel Squall also won an allowance optional claimer over course and distance last time out – Wildwood’s Beauty fifth – but is conceding 7lb to the first three in the betting.

Our Carousel Stakes Top Choice

FRANK’S ROCKETTE has a clear class advantage this time and is a straightforward choice to go one better.

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds courtesy of JazzSports
Wildwood’s BeautyFrancisco Arrieta+850
Frank’s RocketteFlavien Prat+150
Novel SquallDavid Cabrera+600
Acting OutMartin Garcia+500
Li’l TootsieJames Graham+325
Joy’s RocketJose Lezcano+300

Check for more information about Horse racing odds, racing entries, and races results. Sign up to get our daily horse racing news and become a winner.

Follow us on Social Media for Oaklawn Mile updates!