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American Oaks Stakes Betting – Nashoba’s Gold Does It Again At Santa Anita

Posted by on 5/29/2014 9:08:13 PM

The Grade-1 American Oaks used to be held at Hollywood Park, which closed its doors at the end of 2013. It has been moved to Santa Anita, but it still figures to be one of the biggest races in the United States for three-year-old fillies, especially with a purse of $750,000, and it will be run over 1 1/4 miles on a turf surface.

Saturday’s race figures to be a two-horse race between Nashoba’s Gold and Room Service, but Nashoba’s Gold has done all of her work at Santa Anita and the comfort she has at that track has to give her the edge in what should be a great race.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, May 31st, post time 7:30 PM ET
Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Pick: Nashoba’s Gold

Diversy Harbor has finished third or better in all four of her starts, breaking her maiden on the first try, then taking the non-graded China Doll Stakes in March. However, her results have gone slightly downhill as she goes up in level of competition, so that is something to watch as she tries out a Grade-1 race for the first time.

Kissin’ Lucky Lips has improved a great deal since finishing eighth in a clearance race, but she still hasn’t broken her maiden despite a second-place finish at one in April. This will also be her first time running more than a mile and just two of her three starts have come on turf, so a Grade-1 race might be out of her reach. That being said, you might as well throw her out there and see what she has.

Little Journey has made two non-graded starts, finishing third in the Prix Delahante in November, then again six months later in the Edgewood. The race at Churchill Downs earlier this month was the first in the United States for this French filly, and this will be her true test to see how she stacks up against the American competition.

Loan Savant will be making her 10th start in what has already been a busy career, but she needed five tries to break her maiden, so that isn’t a good start. Outside of that win in November, Loan Savant has never finished better than fourth in a start, although back-to-back fourth-place runs in March and April came on turf and she looked the best she ever has.

Nashoba’s Gold has to be considered one of the favorites to reach the winner’s circle on Saturday as she has three wins and a second-place result in four starts, breaking her maiden on the first try in February, and she has won two graded-stakes races in a row. Nashoba’s Gold has also made all of her starts on turf and all four have come at Santa Anita Park, so she will be in familiar surroundings and it never hurts to make your horse as comfortable as you can.

Room Service will be the visitor looking to ruin the above horse’s hometrack advantage as she has won her last two starts, both of which were graded-stakes events, the Grade-3 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream Park in March, then the Grade-1 Ashland at Keeneland. The latter race was run on a synthetic surface, but Room Service’s first five starts came on turf, so she is used to the surface and she hadn’t finished lower than third in any of those starts.

Sweet Bliss won her lone start on turf by breaking her maiden in her second attempt in January, then she came in second in the Grade-2 Honeymoon Stakes on turf earlier this month, so she’ll give a challenge to the top fillies. She could offer the best odds out of the top horses, so Sweet Bliss should earn a look and with a couple of breaks, she could definitely end up with the win on Saturday.

Tiz The Key will be a darkhorse with a very inconsistent record, needing three tries to break her maiden and when she did, it was on dirt and after a six-month hiatus from the racetrack. In her lone start on turf, Tiz The Key finished seventh in the Surfer Girl Stakes last October; has she gotten any better on turf? It is very tough to say and we won’t find out until Saturday.

How It Will Play Out

Nashoba’s Gold has been red-hot so far in her career, and she’ll celebrate the Oaks’ first time at Santa Anita with a victory.

American Oaks Stakes Betting Pick: Nashoba’s Gold

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