Horses to Watch at Oaklawn Park

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OAKLAWN PARK

ESKENDEREYAS DREAM: Was breaking from post one, had to take back in the early going, swung out for clear racing on the second turn in this 1 1/16 route for $8K claimers. He made a four-wide run into the stretch and came home fast and was getting to the lone speed winner at the wire in a big effort for this level.

HIDDEN PROMISE: This was a eye-catching win by this $20K maiden. He was in traffic in the early going in this six-furlong sprint, had to steer out wide at the bend, the jockey angled him back to the inside where he found a hole to engage the lone speed, he put him away to draw away late. Look for him to go long next out in a starter allowance race.

UNION RIDE: Was last seen running at Los Alamitos TB back in December he showed up in this six-furlong allowance race and somehow got off at 7-1. He looked to be making a winning move but got in traffic into the lane. He continued to run on just missing the place by a head and the win by a neck while four lengths clear of the rest. No mistakes next out and we see a quick return.

DUNPH: Was in a $30K claimer, he made several runs in here. First, he had to check hard when in tight, losing two positions at the half mile pole. Somehow he recovered, moved out for room, he re-rallied and moved to challenge. He got in tight again but continued to rally with determination to win in what was an amazing effort in this 11-horse field. He will repeat.

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