Big horse racing action will take place at Oaklawn Park this weekend, as the G2 Oaklawn Handicap headlines the card. This race offers a huge purse of $1 million, with the field set to compete across 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.

Schedule & How To Watch

  • When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • Where: Oaklawn Handicap, Arkansas
  • How To Watch: FanDuel TV

Before Betting On Oaklawn Handicap

One of the most competitive early season races in the United States will take place this Saturday, as the G2 Oaklawn Handicap is staged at Oaklawn Park. This race boasts a lucrative purse of $1 million, with the field competing over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. The Oaklawn Handicap has been staged since 1946, and there have been some standout winners throughout history.

Recent victors in the race include Proxy and Last Samurai. However, only two horses have ever gained multiple victories in the race, with Styrunner winning in 1957 and 1959 and Gay Revoke winning in back-to-back years since 1964 and 1965.

Last Samurai will be bidding to join the list of multiple winners of this race on Saturday, but a career-best effort will likely be required in this field. The six-year-old at least has a run under his belt after returning to action at Oaklawn last month, but he finished last of six in the G3 Oaklawn Mile Stakes.

Skippylongstocking boasts extremely strong claims for Saffie Joseph Jr this weekend after returning from an underwhelming effort in the G1 Pegasus World Cup by landing the G3 Michelob Ultra Challenger Stakes over an extended mile last time out. With Grade One form in the book, he could be challenging to overlook.

Oaklawn Handicap Offshore Odds & Pick

Red Route One5.00
Highland Falls6.00
Magic Tap13.00

The Oaklawn Handicap has been a good race in terms of unexposed runners coming out on top. Therefore, a chance could be taken on Brad Cox-trained Highland Falls. The four-year-old was well held on his return to action last month when fourth in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap, but the drop in class and trip could suit his chances this weekend.