There are two stakes offered at Oaklawn Park as their Festival of the South continues and it appears that of the two, the Carousel offers a better opportunity to attain value.

At first blush, it would appear that trainer Bret Calhoun has this races surrounded with the uncoupled pair of Beat The Blues (2-1) and Gleaming (3-1). The two are a combined 14-for-24 at the distance and Gleaming has won 3 of 6 over this surface, including two exacta finishes.

Instead, we’ll side with Salty Stride (5-2) who appears to have more upside than either of the aforementioned. What is interesting to note here is a strong internal Equiform figure earned in last year’s Grade 3 Honeybee.

Besides, not many fillies attempted a mid-race move on Joyful Victory and lasted to tell the tale.

When last seen, Salty Strike was roaring down the center of the Churchill stripe after splitting horses in her first start beneath the patient, strong finishing Mike Smith.

Mr. 5000 is back aboard here for Ken McPeek, a filly that’s been in solid, steady training since February, including a recent eye-opening bullet. This looks like a great spot for her 4-year-old debut.

Taking Salty Strike to win at early line odds or greater and key-boxing her in multiples with both Calhoun fillies.

Running Totals: (1060) 326-207-157 Total Dollar Return: $2,248.60 [win selections only]