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Shoemaker Mile Stakes Betting – Obviously Charges To Big Turf Win At Hollywood Park

Posted by on 6/27/2013 7:18:15 PM

Continuing with the weekly online betting picks at the racetrack, the attention is on the turf season and this week’s feature is the $300,000 Grade-1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California, and it is the final Shoemaker Mile here since this track is closing at the end of 2013. The race is, of course, a mile long on turf, and it is named after thoroughbred legend Bill Shoemaker, the great Hall of Fame jockey.

There are just five horses in the field on Saturday in Inglewood, but all five horses have good traits that would make you give them a shot at the racebook. But one horse is just a little better than the rest and he has been thought to be a factor in the turf races leading up to the season. Look for Obviously to find the final kick to beat the field to the line in California for a huge win.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, June 29th, post time TBA
Where: Betfair Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, CA
Pick: Obviously

The experienced Jeramino is coming off a seventh-place finish in theGrade-1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in May, but he is the defending champion in this event and he won the Grade-2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita back in January. This seven-year-old has six graded-stakes win over his 30-race career, but this thoroughbred is getting on age and may not be able to get over the hump in Grade-1 races anymore. If he wins this event, Jeramino would probably be a good horse betting wager to go on to the Arlington Million in August.

By comparison, Lucayan is just four years old and making his eighth career start on Saturday in California. This is also his second start in the United States after racing in France, and he finishing second in the Grade-2 American Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in May. He has two wins in his eight starts, including the Grade-1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, but racing on North American soil is much different and some would argue more competitive; still, this race will go a long way in Lucayan proving he deserves to be an upper-echelon horse.

Obviously won the aforementioned American Handicap, his seventh win in 14 starts, and he has finished inside the top three in 13 of those 14 starts. At five years old, he could be just getting ready to hit his prime and he should be considered a horse betting favorite for this race after a respectable third at the Breeders’ Cup Mile last November, and then he proved once again that he could win a handicap race. Obviously is going to have a lot of pressure put on him, but this Irish stud has all the tools to roll to the finish line first at Inglewood.

Wilkinson has been to Betfair Hollywood Park just twice in 23 starts, but he has wins in both, the 2012 American Handicap and an allowance race back in May. His win in the American Handicap was his first graded-stakes victory since the Grade-3 Lecomte in 2011, but there have been a few shaky results since that victory, such as a fifth in the Grade-3 Daytona Stakes and the non-graded Thunder Road Stakes, as well as a seventh in the Grade-1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile. Wilkinson may be counting on a little luck from a racetrack where he has been very good in the past, but you never know what will happen in the world of horse betting.

Za Approval has made 12 starts in his career, but only two have been graded-stakes events. He came in fourth at the Grade-3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park and then won the Grade-3 Red Bank Stakes in May, but a Grade-1 race represents a step up in competition for this five-year-old gelding. There is talent there, but Za Approval will need the effort of his career in order to beat out a couple of strong horses at Betfair Hollywood Park, where he is making his first start.

How It Will Play Out

Obviously is the most talented horse in the field and could make a case for the Breeders’ Cup in November with a win this Saturday on the west coast. In what should be an exciting race worth checking out, he should be your sports betting pick this weekend.

Shoemaker Mile Stakes Betting Pick: Obviously

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