Fonner Park will mark another day of racing in Grand Island, NE on Tuesday. Fonner might not be the most popular racetrack in the US, but they’re enjoying their time in the spotlight. They’ve been able to catch the attention of people that may have never heard of Fonner Park before and turned them into a regular. At least for the moment, that is. The real test is going to be keeping that attention once major sports return in the country. I think to an extent they might be able to. If there isn’t anything going on in the afternoon, people might recall betting on the ponies at Fonner Park during lockdown and take a look at the odds.
By that time, though, the other tracks are going to be opening up and Fonner Park is not going to be only competing with Will Rogers Downs on Monday and Tuesday. At the end of the day, they must just feel fortunate that they are offering racing and taking in simulcast dollars. It’s good to see smaller tracks getting much deserved attention. You can earn 7% cash back on losses at BetOnline for at Fonner Park, and all horse racing tracks around the world. Let’s see if we can find a winner or two at Fonner Park on Tuesday. Head below for our free Fonner Park Picks for April 14, 2020.
Post Time: 4:54 CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Eight fillies and mares will head to the gate for a 6-furlong race at Fonner Park in Race 3. A purse of $7,700 will be on offer for the field. Amy’s Shadow and Platte Girl will battle it out at post time for the longest odds in this event. Tea At Noon can also be included in the bottom group of contenders in Race 3.
Amy’s Shadow will likely close as the biggest underdog, as she has struggled mightily in her career thus far. In six races, Amy’s Shadow has been unable to finish better than 7th. She is coming off a poor performance on March 8, finishing 7th out of 9 horses on March 8. Expect her to be a non-factor along with Tea At Noon and Platte Girl.
Tea At Noon finally showed in her last performance, though that was the first time in ten races. She is a winner in 1 out of 15 races, so it’d be a pretty big upset if she can pull this off. It’s unlikely, but we’ll see what she has in her. This field appears to be too good for her to have a good run, though. Platte Girl might be worth a look if you’re looking for a longshot winner. She won on March 30 from 4 furlongs by a head over P R Gold Money. It’s tough to say how she’ll react to 6 furlongs, but is probably worth more of a look than Tea At Noon and Amy’s Shadow.
G G Holiday is coming off an impressive performance on April 7. She stomped on the competition for a wire-to-wire win from 6 furlongs. Miss Blue Rooster was 4 ¼ lengths behind G G Holiday at the finish line. It was a well deserved win after placing in three straight races. It was only a matter of time before she was going to break through and finally get a win. It might be the first win of her career, but she has been running really well since early 2020. Look for her success to continue with a win on Tuesday at Fonner Park.
Post Time: 7:09 CST
Race 8 will take place on Tuesday night at Fonner Park. You’ll have to wait until 7:09 CST for the gate to open for Race 8, which will feature a nine-horse field running for a $10,000 purse. It’ll likely be a tough race for a few horses in this event, including Betty Jean, Chub’s Charmer, and Stella Marie.
Betty Jean notched a win on March 16, but has otherwise had a difficult time finding success. She has not shown in six out of her last seven races, though has found the winner’s circle in 9 out of 35 races. Not a bad win percentage. However, this is not an easy test for her on Tuesday night. The competition will go up a notch.
Chub’s Charmer is likely a better longshot option, though. She has been more consistent than Betty Jean, having placed in three straight races and four out of the last five. Chub’s Charmer hasn’t won since March 23, but I do like the consistency recently. Stella’s Marie not as much consistency, with finishes of 4th, 3rd, 1st, and 4th in her previous four outings.
I’mabarnkat is the best longshot horse in this event. Chub’s Charmer has been consistent, but so has I’mabarnkat, even more so. She has won 4 out of 10 career races, and has placed in eight straight outings. All four wins were recorded within those eight events. I’mabarnkat finished 2nd in her most recent performance, as she couldn’t catch Brenda’s an I Full who got the wire-to-wire win by 5 lengths.
I think this is going to be a race between Kool Kate and Love At Night. Kool Kate has won 10 of 24 wins in her career for a solid win percentage of 41.6%. She recorded a win two outings ago on January 11 in a wire-to-wire by 3 ¾ lengths over Saburai. While recent results have been herky jerky for her, with finishes of 5th, 1st, 3rd, and 5th, this is a sizable step down in class on Tuesday.
She is with a new barn and won’t be racing against the same competition. That should help immensely. Love At Night has been on an incredible run with wins in seven of her last eight outings, but will not be able to beat up against weak horses on Tuesday. Expect Kool Kate to bring her down to earth, and prevent her usual trip to the winner’s circle.