Jeremy Plonk’s Horse Racing picks for 12/18


XpressBet editor-in-chief Jeremy Plonk offers his best bets for Sunday with both plays at Oakawn Park.

Oaklawn Race No. 5 (3:22 p.m. ET/12:22 p.m. PT)
#5 Botany (5-1 ML)


Trainer Rom Moquett’s red-hot Oaklawn start included 2 more winners Saturday. Everything he sends out must be respected right now, and this is his only Sunday entrant. Last-out maiden breaker at Remington makes what looks to be a step up in class to the claiming ranks, but meets fellow Arkansas-breds and the competition may suit. Win-Place bet.

Oaklawn Race 8 (4:46 p.m. ET/1:48 p.m. PT)
#5 Manuelito (30-1 ML)

Longshot look to a John Haran barn that was hot here last December to start the Oaklawn meet, but has been relatively quiet early this meet with just a handful of starters. Late-runner was very consistent at Indianapolis this season and has a propensity for the minor awards. Small Win, larger Place bet. Consider an Exacta back-wheel ALL-5 as well for larger bankrolls.

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