A strong field of nine will travel 6-panels in the $100,000 Bachelor S. at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. The cast is led by Grade 1 hero Eight Rings from the barn of Bob Baffert.
The pace of the Bachelor could be wicked with the trio of the fleetest horses in the field drawn outside. #7 Eight Rings, #8 Sir Rick, and #9 Long Weekend will all be sent from the break. I think the winner will come from off the pace some.
#1 LITTLE MENACE (4-1) — One of two from the Asmussen barn, he closed to be a clear second in the recent Gazebo S. on the oval. $460,000 son of Into Mischief has been first or second in each of his four career outings, and rates a legitimate chance on Saturday with a lifetime best. Stewart Elliot rides.
#2 BEAU OXY (20-1) –– Mac Robertson charge was never a factor in the Gazebo and needs a swift form reversal to challenge this group in the stretch. Oxbow gelding will stalk the pace early with Canchari in the stirrups.
#3 ECHO TOWN (9-2) — Top pick romped in the slop last out and seems poised for a breakthrough in his initial stakes endeavor. Talented Speightstown colt is training well as of late, and he figures to get a fine trip just off the pace beneath Santana.
#4 GINOBILI (6-1) — Munnings colt didn’t fire when favored against allowance foes in his local debut for Baltas. Grade-2 placed youngster has obvious ability, but he will have to prove that he can handle the surface before being touted.
#5 LYKAN (8-1) — Exotics contender was third-best in the Gazebo and could rally from the back to gain a share if the speed retreats in the lane. Congrats colt fired a bullet five-eighths on the course in preparation of the Bachelor.
#6 LIAM’S PRIDE (20-1) — Doug O’Neill pupil has shown improvement since adding blinkers three back, and the gray has performed well from a trio of tries at the meeting. Kentucky-bred has longshot appeal, especially if he runs to his swift 5-furlong drill most recently.
#7 EIGHT RINGS (5-2) — Class of the field makes his first run following an unplaced showing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Empire Maker colt could be sitting on a big one following a bullet morning move on the surface in preparation of his comeback. Joel Rosario will be up.
#8 SIR RICK (30-1) — Wildcard from the Diodoro barn adds blinkers on the cut back in trip on Saturday. Mine That Bird Derby winner faded after forcing a fast pace in the Oaklawn S., and he rates a chance with the equipment change at a price.
#9 LONG WEEKEND (3-1) — Speedy son of Majesticperfection has led in wire-to-wire fashion in 3-of-4 lifetime performances for Amoss. An easy winner of the Gazebo last time out, the bay colt looms large with a repeat of his latest beneath Talamo.
- $20 Win: #3 Echo Town ($20)
- $2 Trifecta: 3 with with 7 with 5,6,8,9 ($8)
- $2 Trifecta: 3 with 5,6,8,9 with 7 ($8)