The Tinsel Stakes Preview and Free Betting Pick – Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021

by Earl Campbell | December 15, 2021 |

The Tinsel Stakes is the featured race at Oaklawn Park on Saturday and is due off at 4:13 PM CT. It is a stakes race that will be run over 1 1/8 miles, and a field of seven have declared for the contest with a purse of $200,000.

Tinsel Stakes Betting Preview: (1) Huge Bigly

Huge Bigly is one of two runners with bottom weight in the Tinsel Stakes. Trained by John Alexander Ortiz, the four-year-old has won three from eleven starts this season.

However, his best form has come in his last two starts. Both came at Churchill Downs, where he was second with a speed figure of 103, before getting a first win at the track this season on his last start at the end of last month. His speed could make him a big chance this weekend.

Tinsel Stakes Betting Preview: (2) Lone Rock

Lone Rock looks to be the one to beat, as he is already the clear favorite in the betting. He is trained by Robertino Diodoro and has won six from eight starts this season.

He has also failed to finish outside the top two on all starts this calendar year and is a two-time Grade 2 winner.

Lone Rock was outstanding on his last start at Del Mar, as he hit a speed figure of 112 when winning the G2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes. It is very hard to see past him running well again this weekend.

Tinsel Stakes Betting Preview: (3) Beau Luminarie

Rodolphe Brisset trains Beau Luminarie. The five-year-old has won three from ten starts this season and has finished second on four occasions. He comes into the contest this weekend, having won on his last two starts.

However, speed figures of 98 at Keeneland and 90 at Churchill Downs may mean that improvement is needed to come out on top at Oaklawn.

Tinsel Stakes Betting Preview: (4) Title Ready

Title Ready has campaigned lightly this season, but a return to Meydan could be on the cards. He made his reappearance after eight months off the track with a decent showing at Churchill Downs last month, reaching a speed figure of 103 when third in an allowance optional claiming.

Grade form is in the book, as the six-year-old won the G3 Louisiana Stakes in January. However, others are likely to be fresher here.

Tinsel Stakes Betting Preview: (5) Tenfold

It is hard to make too much of a case for Tenfold this weekend. The six-year-old hasn’t won in six starts this season and has finished second in each of his last two starts.

However, back-to-back speed figures of 105 and 110 do give a reason for optimism, but others are preferred.

Tinsel Stakes Betting Preview: (7) Warrior’s Charge

Warrior’s Charge is trained by Brad Cox and has failed to win in seven starts this calendar year. His most recent success came in August 2020 at Monmouth, as he won the G3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes.

It’s hard to be too taken back from his form since second in the G2 Stephen Foster, as he has finished third in the Parx Dirt Mile and second in an allowance optional claiming race at Keeneland.

Spooky Express Tinsel Stakes Free Pick

Named after the main character in Peaky Blinders, Thomas Shelby for trainer Robertino Diodoro has a fair chance of outrunning his odds this weekend. He has won seven from eleven this season, with three victories being recorded in succession since September.

This horse is very durable, having recorded wins at Oaklawn Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, and Saratoga already this season. We have a sneaky feeling he could enter calculations this weekend.

Spooky Express Tinsel Stakes Free Pick: (6) Thomas Shelby

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