by Eddie Olczyk
January 21, 2022
1/ST and NBC handicapper Eddie Olczyk focuses on Oaklawn and Aqueduct this Saturday for his spotlighted trio of key plays. Follow Edzo’s plays each week – only with 1/ST and Xpressbet!
Race 4 // 2:55 pm ET // allowance // 6 furlongs
#7 Emperador (8-1 ML)
After 6 top-4 finishes without a win, he showed determination in a hard-fought maiden breaker at Oaklawn in his local unveiling. Has to beat likely favorite Macron, but matches up strongly vs. the rest. Win and exacta bet.
Race 7 // 3:20 pm ET // Jazil Stakes // 1-1/8 miles
#4 Empty Tomb (3-1 ML)
Red-hot trainer Robert Falcone has gotten this one to carry his speed farther in his past 2 starts, nearly wiring the Queens County at 8-1. Ran almost 20 Beyer points faster in Queens County this year than last year, indicating how far the barn has moved him up since the claim. Win bet.
Race 9 // 4:20 pm ET // maiden claiming // 1 mile
#8 Oliver’s Fortune (6-1 ML)
Runner-up at this class level and distance 2 starts back, I like that he showed speed before fading late vs. tougher last time out. He’s back in with the right company and reunites with Eric Cancel, who rode him to his best finish. The vulnerable ML favorite has been out since Saratoga, never a great sign at this class, so take a price shot. Win-place bet.