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While online March Madness betting players are gearing up for the final week of the NCAA Tournament, the online horse betting season is really just getting underway as the Kentucky Derby is just over a month away. Last year’s winner of the Gulfstream Oaks (then named the Bonnie Miss), Devil May Care, chose to take part in the “Run For The Roses” and ended up finishing 10th, which isn’t really a bad result for a three-year-old filly. Here is a look at a few horses in the field for the Grade 2 Stakes race which takes place at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, and the horses that perform well in this race can be counted on to be favored in the Kentucky Oaks, which is the Derby for three-year-old fillies.
R. Heat Lightning finished fourth in the Forward Gal Stakes in late January, then roared back a month late to dominate the Davona Dale Stakes. She will likely be considered the Gulfstream Oaks favorite for a few reasons, one is that both of those races were at Gulfstream Park. Second, she will probably be steered by jockey John Velasquez and she is trained by Todd Pletcher, and this duo won this race last year with Devil May Care, so they know what needs to go into this race to win. She looked very good in a workout on Sunday, so look for R. Heat Lightning to come in as the online horse betting favorite.
Beso Grande is another horse to watch out for at your pay per head , and she won an allowance race at Gulfstream Park after finishing second to Devilish Lady at Calder Race Course, which was where she and R. Heat Lightning worked out on Sunday. Beso Grande has now placed in her seven races, winning two including the allowance race, but she’ll have to work on her finishing if she wants to overcome R. Heat Lightning for a big victory heading into the Kentucky Oaks.
There are only two other horses that we know will be in the field at Gulfstream Park are It’s Tricky and Wyomia, as the list hasn’t been finalized as of Tuesday. It’s Tricky has won three Horse Racing Picks races at Aquaduct, but they were all at a mile and 70 yards, while the Gulfstream Oaks is a mile and one-eighths, so this is going to be a test of stamina for It’s Tricky, who should be ridden by Eddie Castro. Wyomia has won three of her five starts, and she has raced at a mile and one-sixteenths, although she stumbled to a sixth-place finish at the Breeders Cup. She bounced back to win at Tampa Bay Downs in a race that was a mile and 40 yards, so watch for Wyomia’s odds at your online betting sites.