Fair Grounds Oaks Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Fair Grounds Oaks is set for March 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Fair Grounds Oaks Preview and Prediction
- Race: Fair Grounds Oaks
- Purse: $400,000
- Track: Fair Grounds Race Course
- Date: March 20
- Post Time: 6:14 PM (ET)
- Live: Fair Grounds Oaks Odds: Click Here
2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Handicapping
This weekend North American horse racing turns into the homestretch of prep races for both the 2021 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. On Saturday Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans plays host to two big events for both the fillies and the colts.
First up is the (G2) Fair Grounds Oaks, open to fillies age three. The race has drawn a competitive field of eight, and they’ll be racing 1 1/16 miles on the Fair Grounds dirt track.
Odds listed here are the morning line odds from the Fair Grounds track handicapper.
2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Clairiere Race Odds: 2-1
The lukewarm morning line favourite, Clairere comes in off a win in the local prep, the (G2) Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the same distance.
In the Rachel Alexandra she overcame a rough start and trailed the field early, but showed a strong rally down the lane to get up for the win by a neck. Prior to that effort she led the Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill but was caught late and settled for second place.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has three previous wins in this race. Joe Talamo is the jockey.
2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Travel Column Race Odds: 5-2
The winner of the Golden Rod, and runner up in the Rachel Alexandra, Travel Column will be meeting Clairiere for the third straight race, with each having a win.
She did most of the heavy lifting in the Rachel Alexandra, pushing the early leader through the first half mile before going to the front, only to be caught in the final strides. For her career she’s made four starts with two wins, a second and a third.
Trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux teamed up to win Fair Grounds Oaks in 2020.
2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Li’l Tootsie Race Odds: 4-1
Although she will be making her first start in a stakes race, Li’l Tootsie is also something of a horse for the course with all three of her starts and two consecutive wins coming at Fair Grounds.
Two starts back she broke her maiden by an easy four lengths racing six furlongs, and last out she hit the wire in front once again when stretching out to 1 1/16 miles in an allowance-level event. She can get the distance and likes the surface, but is taking a step up in class.
Trainer Tom Amoss won the FG Oaks in 2018. Jockey Luis Saez is tapped to ride.
2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Obligatory Race Odds: 5-1
One of the least experienced runners in the field, Obligatory only has two previous starts and comes in off a maiden one-mile win at Gulfstream in early February. That race was a solid improvement off her first career start back in October, when she was a well-beaten fourth at six furlongs.
It appears that she’ll appreciate the added distance, but like Li’l Tootsie she’s taking a big class jump.
Trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Ortiz both try for their first FG Oaks win.
Here’s My 2021 Fair Grounds Oaks Free Pick.
The handicapping trick in this race seems to be figuring out the pace projection, as there is a lack of early speed, and all four of the top contenders have scored their most recent wins coming off the pace and running down the leaders late.
That tactic typically works best with a lot of pace to run at, and I don’t see this race going particularly fast early on. Although she has to make her way forward from the outside post, I think Travel Column has the best chance of getting good early position and will be able to hold on this time over Clairiere. I’ll be happy to take 5-2 at post time and bet her for the win.
Full Field: Fair Grounds Oaks Betting Odds
- Clairiere 2-1
- Travel Column 5-2
- Li’l Tootsie 4-1
- Obligatory 5-1
- Zaajel 8-1
- Souper Sensational 15-1
- Il Malocchio 15-1
- Moon Swag 20-1
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