Happy Oaks Day Carryover readers! It's good ol' Pete here, watching the Oaks Day card while marinating some mint in my Makers Mark bourbon in preperation for Derby Day festivities. We've aleady witnessed the David Ortiz-type fall to mediocrity of Rachel Alexandra, whom I picked (a year early) to be proven ordinary on Oaks Day.
But enough about failures! The carryover is no stranger to those. Here's my late p4 and Oaks plays. Put on a pink shirt, drink a cosmo, and get warmed up for the greatest day of the year.
Race 8: Watch out for Perfect Officer from George Weaver. Beat both Affirmatif and Wall Street Wonder at Saratoga last year, and Formidable may have found a new game on the grass. Throw out Pletcher's filly who won on a speed favoring GP strip, include the other two favorites, and we're getting this party started drama-free.
Race 9: Tough race to feel good about anyone, so we'll hope Fresian Fire can bounce back and that Macho Again is ready to run his race today. Cool Coal Man nearly won this last year, and may have a better set-up this year if Fresian dosen't go nuts pace wise with him out of the gate. Throw in the Dutrow horse as well. He could be anything.
Race 10: There's never been a wiser wise guy horse in the history of the Derby than Setsuko - and he's not even in the Derby. Wise guys like him for a reason though - he can run fast at the end of a race. And you gotta love Pleasantly Perfect 3yo's on the grass. Let's use Pletcher's Rock Hard Ten 450k purchase Doubles Partner as well, who comes out of a super key race at GP.
Race 11: Amen Hallelujah! Severe distance limitations in this Montbrook filly's pedigree, but who cares! Life is short! Let's hope the stretch stays short for her, because she will be in the lead turning for home. Blind Luck may be too much for her though. Watch out for Ailalea as well.
So that leaves us with a 50 cent P4: 2,3,6,9 with 2,3,4,7 with 1,6 with 5,13 (32 bones)
And in the Oaks, a $1 tri box 5,6,12,13 (24 bones)
Cristal is on me!