Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has rescheduled the $250,000 Southwest Stakes for Monday afternoon. The race had to be rescheduled following the cold weather which forced several cancellations in Hot Springs. I think this shapes up to be a two-horse race between Hard Spun and Going Ballistic. I think the top pick will be Going Ballistic simply because there appears to be a lot of early speed in this field and that could compromise the chances of Hard Spun, who needs to be in front based on the fact that he has done that in all four previous attempts. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee, Starbase, has the very capable Corey Lanerie in the saddle and comes off a win at Oaklawn on January 20. I am finding it difficult to see the fascination with Teuflesberg. He has a win and a third in two starts at Fair Grounds this winter, but he has not been a stand-out yet. He is racing without blinkers Monday.
Southwest Stakes Selections- Going Ballistic, Hard Spun, Starbase, Teuflesberg