It’s another day of racing at Will Rogers Downs after the track caught the attention of bettors on Monday. Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park were the only track racing, so they had the privilege of raking in all of the betting handle. Fonner Park is a smaller racetrack, while Will Rogers Downs is smaller compared to Santa Anita Park or Gulfstream, but is more of a draw than Fonner Park. The handle at Will Rogers Downs was way up yesterday on the same day last year.
Over $2-million was wagered with legal betting outfits at Will Rogers Downs on Monday. In 2019, the average handle for a monday at the track was under $900,000. So, yes, the smaller racetracks that usually don’t see that much money wagered are seeing a healthy bump. As long as horse racing is the only game in town to bet in North America, they should continue to see the handle increase.
Monday was a big day for organizers and personnel at Will Rogers Downs. It was also a big day for us, as we managed to win both of our bets to sweep the Monday card. Between the win on Monday, along with Santa Anita Park and Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday, we’re on a 6-0 run, all of which came at plus money. You can’t complain about that. Mind you, it’s hard to expect to successfully select ponies at that rate all of the time, but if you keep hitting enough plus money winners, then having an off day here and there isn’t going to have a huge impact.
That being said, it would be nice to keep it going into Tuesday and beyond. Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park will be the only racetracks open for racing today. Sam Houston Race Park, which was operating without fans in attendance, has decided to suspend racing and cancel the four remaining days on the thoroughbred meet. The quarter horse meet has been shuttered as well. Hopefully we can return to a sense of normalcy soon, at least two or three normal months before the Kentucky Derby in September. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, let’s see if we can continue this hot streak on Tuesday at Will Rogers Downs. Head below for our free Will Rogers Downs picks for March 24, 2020.
Post Time: 2:15 CST
Distance: 1 Mile
We’ll get started on Monday at Will Rogers Downs with a selection in Race 3. It’s a five horse field for fillies and mares who are a 3-year-old or older. There isn’t any huge longshots in Race 3, so every horse has an adequate chance of winning, at least that’s how the oddsmakers see it.
5-year-old Kirk Diamonds should run a pretty good race today. She had a win on December 15, but followed it up with a porous showing on February 19. Kirk Diamonds finished 5th in that race, though in her defense there were ten other horses in the field, all of which were pretty strong horses.
She won’t have to worry about that caliber of competition on Tuesday at Will Rogers Downs. When Kirk Diamonds was facing an easier field at Remington Park, she cruised to a 4 length win over Gospel Carlo. Two of the four wins in her career have been at Will Rogers Downs, and she’s placed in four out of the five races.
When she doesn’t have to deal with a strong field, Kirk Diamonds always tends to find success. There isn’t much talent that she has to worry about in Race 3 on Tuesday. Flash Forcast might be able to give her a scare from the No. 2 spot, though.Flash Forcast is coming off a couple of really bad efforts at Sam Houston Race Park, though.
She finished 8th and 6th in races she’d probably like to have back. It’s been all or nothing for her. Flash Forcast won on August 23 and November 2, but hasn’t shown in eight out of her previous ten races. Her most recent workout wasn’t overly spectacular, having breezed to 52.20 furlongs on February 28. Afleet Sniper has been really cold of late, too. She hasn’t shown in seven of her previous nine races. This looks like a case of Kirk Diamonds taking advantage of a weak field. She’s not the strongest horse, but will likely win because of her competition Monday.
Post Time: 4:15 CST
Distance: 1 Mile
A couple of intriguing names in this one. I mean their actual names, not the quality of the race horse. Muhney Line is a good one. Clearly an owner who knows a thing or two about the sports gambling industry. Then there’s Dak Da Man, who I can’t help but think is a reference to Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Da Man was bred in Oklahoma, so the Cowboys’ angle checks out. Dak is a pretty good race horse, but is looking to shake off a couple of poor outings recent. He finished 7th at Sam Houston Race Park on February 26 and 4th on December 15th.
Dak Da Man crossed the wire 1st on October 24 at Remington Park from 1-mile over Big Game Hunter by ¾ lengths. He had a superb late effort to get the win. At the ½ pole he was last, and at ¾ he was still trailing in 6th. In the homestretch Dak moved up to 5th and then turned on the afterburners to beat everyone at the wire. You alway want to be aware of horses who still have a lot of gas left in the tank in longer distance races. Leading at the ½ mark can sometimes be useless in long races. Dak has won two of the nine races he’s been entered in throughout his career.
Sedaris poses a bit of a challenge for Dak in Race 7. He has shown in four out of his past five wins, and has won 2 out of 11 races in his career. Sedaris beat out Lord Stratton by 2 ½ lengths on November 29 for an impressive showing. Just like Dak Da Man, Sedaris poured it on in the homestretch to go from 6th to 1st from the ¾ pole to the wire. However, Sedaris has been picking on an easy class, while Dak Da Man was racing against much better horses. Dak is dropping in class for Tuesday. Also note that both of his wins have been 1-mile races. He hasn’t been sharp from other distances, but a mile and he’s locked in. I’d side with Dak Da Man to win in Race 7 at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday.