$150,000 Bayakoa (G3)

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THE RACE $150,000 Bayakoa (G3) Oaklawn Park Race 9 (Saturday, February 18, 2017: 6:09 p.m./ET; 3:09 p.m./PT) Mile and a sixteenth on the main track (fillies and mares, four-years-old and upward) BAYAKOA was the ultimate racemare. Not only did she run 39 times from 1986 to 1991, but she also won 21 of those races, with nine-second place finishes. The feature race on Saturday at Oaklawn Park is named after this legendary mare, who won 12 Grade I races in America and two Group I’s in Chile: #1 STEEL CUT came off a three-month layoff last month and ran fourth behind UNBRIDLED MO, I’M A CHATTERBOX and FAMILY TREE. It was a respectable effort against quality runners and it’s legitimate to believe this gal may be even more fit for this. She won the Oklahoma City Distaff before her three-month break and hit the board in all eight 2016 starts. Certainly one to respect. #2 TERRA PROMESSA beat #7 READY TO CONFESS and #5 STREAMLINE in her last start, the Pippin Stakes, which was her second race after a seven month layoff. A perfect four-for-four over this track, she’s also won five of six starts at this mile-and-a-sixteenth distance. Looks like the one to fear most. #3 HAILSTORM SLEW won an Oklahoma-bred stakes race at Remington Park two starts back and followed that up with a win in an allowance race sprinting six furlongs over this track. Stretching out to a route of ground once again, she looks to win her first try against graded stakes competition. #4 POWER OF SNUNNER had not run in 16 months before her last start, when she finished second behind KATHBALLU. Faces a field today that is much tougher than she’s ever seen. Whether she has the class to compete in this spot is a major question mark. #5 STREAMLINE has run 15 times and has hit the board in all but one of those starts. She’ll need to turn the tables on #2 TERRA PROMESSA and #7 READY TO CONFESS, both of whom finished in front of her in the January 14th Pippin Stakes over this track. She’s too consistent to ignore, especially if you look back and see she’s finished second in the Apple Blossom (G1) and Bayakoa (G2) and third in the Azeri (G2). #6 IMPASSE made her first start off almost a 10-month layoff against winners, even though she was a maiden, and demolished the field to win by seven lengths for “The Coach” D. Wayne Lukas. Now she faces a new level of competition. Last year, this gal finished 12 lengths behind #2 TERRA PROMESSA. Playing against. #7 READY TO CONFESS finished a solid second behind #2 TERRA PROMESSA last time out and has hit the board behind FAMILY TREE and UNBRIDLED MO in other recent starts, so clearly she has run behind some quality runners. #8 SUPER SAKS is the second D. Wayne Lukas trainee in the race and makes her first start going a route of ground. Hard to gauge. Prefer others. SELECTIONS 1. #2 TERRA PROMESSA – Regained her winning ways in last. 2. #5 STREAMLINE - Consistently good. 3. #7 READY TO CONFESS - Finished behind our top pick. LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY: #1 STEEL CUT - Classy company lines. WAGERING STRATEGY I’ll key my top pick in exactas over my other three selections and make a win bet on her as well. BANKROLL PLAY ($50 Budget) $10 Exacta: #2 TERRA PROMESSA over #1 STEEL CUT and #5 STREAMLINE and #7 READY TO CONFESS ($30) $20 Win: #2 TERRA PROMESSA (Bankroll at +$963.80 after 2017 Week #3 Based on $50 Wagers; -$158.00 last newsletter).

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