Fonner Park is open for racing on Tuesday in Nebraska, but the second season is a bit fuzzy right now. Fonner Park went through a trial period to see if racing the first season was doable. That worked out well and track management decided it’d be for the best that racing continued without fans. They are racing early in the week, so they don’t have to contend with Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs.
Smart move by Fonner Park, as Will Rogers Downs is their only competition on Monday and Tuesday. The mutuel handle has been strong for Fonner Park. That’s been keeping them afloat, but the track primarily lives from on-track wagering. The daily mutuel handle at Fonner Park is an average of nearly $3-million per day. That’s really strong numbers, though they’re a small track that will need fans at the track to keep going in the long-term.
The second season in 2020 at Fonner Park is scheduled to begin May 4. A meeting is scheduled for this week, so we’ll have a better idea of what’s happening soon. Everything, including racetracks, are operating on a day-to-day basis right now. In any event, we will have racing on Tuesday at Fonner Park. It means that hopefully we can cash a winner or two for a winning day. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for April 21, 2020.
Post Time: 6:15 CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Nine horses are scheduled to gallop 6 furlongs for a small purse of $4,700 on Tuesday. That’s about the average purse size today at Fonner Park. The 1-5 horses are all going to be underdogs in this event. The other side of the gate is where you can find the serious contenders.
Jessica Glitters and Eurosady are likely going to close as the biggest underdogs in Race 6. Jessica Glitters has been out of sorts in recent events, finishing 10th, 5th, 8th, and 7th in her last four races. She has won 2 in 27 races, with her most recent win on July 3, 2019. Jessica Glitters has gone winless in 14 straight races.
Eurosady has a similar resume, with 2 wins in 20 races. Her most recent win was on June 28, 2019 at Fair Meadows. Since then, Eurosady has failed to show in seven out of eight races. Her best run was on March 1, as she finished 3rd at Fonner Park. Otherwise it’s been a major struggle for Eurosady.
Terri’s Temper has 2 wins in 16 races, though hasn’t shown in five out of six races. In any event, if I’m looking for a big underdog to get the win, Terri’s Temper might be your best shot. The other end of the gate features the major contenders in Race 6. Franki D Oro and Wacca Wacca Wacca are going to be in the thick of things on Tuesday. Franki D Oro is a winner in 2 out of 16 races, with her most recent win on December 7, 2019.
However, she has failed to show in five out of her last seven events, and has been wildly inconsistent throughout her career which started back in September of 2018. Wacca Wacca Wacca is coming off a victory on April 13. She took the lead by the ½ pole and held the lead for a win by 1 ¾ lengths over Shiverhertimbers.
Another run like that and Wacca Wacca Wacca will have back-to-back wins. Also don’t discount Chace Be a Lady, who is a winner in 2 out of 10 races in her career for a decent win percentage of 20%. Her latest event was a win by a neck over Emmas Silver Rose on March 25. However, I think if Wacca Wacca Wacca runs how she’s capable of, a trip to the winner’s circle is likely in her future today.
Post Time: 6:42 CST
Race 7 features nine horses looking to nab the top prize of a $4,400 purse. The field will include 4 to 9-year-old ponies. Holiday Joke and Grand Hoga are likely going to have the toughest road to a win in this one. Holiday Joke has won 5 out of 37 races, which isn’t the worst, but has been nowhere near the front recently. He has finished 5th, 5th, 7th, and 6th in his previous four outings and likely isn’t going to see a bump in production on Tuesday.
He may have a better shot at the win than Grand Hoga, who has a win in 5 out of 45 events. Grand Hoga had a strong run to finish 2nd on March 15, but that momentum was sucked out of the air in his next two outings. He finished 6th and 7th to go right back on track where he was before. Prior to 2nd on March 15, Grand Hoga finished 7th, 8th, 6th, and 5th. His most recent win was 15 races ago on April 4, 2019.
It’s going to be difficult for both horses to hang up front in this one. Choir Director from the No. 2 post holds some decent value, though. He has racked up $236,382 in earnings with 10 wins in 55 races. Note that Choir Director hasn’t done anything in his last three outings, failing to show in each race, but this race is a downgrade in class. The last time he raced against a weaker field, Choir Director got the win on November 11, 2019 by 3 ¼ lengths over Dream Saturday at 5 furlongs. That’s my upset pick of the day at Fonner Park.
Magnanimus Man and Trapper Peak are expected to be running up front. Trapper Peak is coming off a strong performance on April 8 after failing to show in four straight events. Prior to that, Trapper Peak was searching for a hat-trick after wins on November 13, 2019 and November 29, 2019. However Trapper Peak was denied the hat-trick, and failed to finish in the top-3 in the next four races. He is a winner in 4 out of 18 career races.
His biggest rival today, Magnanimus Man, might be his biggest problem in Race 7. He’s been the most consistent racehorse in this event, with six finishes of 3rd or better in his last eight races. That included a hat-trick from September 23, 2019 to December 6, 2019. Magnanimus Man finished 3rd in his last appearance on March 7 at 6 ½ furlongs in a Starter Allowance contest. That’s all it could take for a win in this one against the caliber of horses he’s facing on Tuesday in Race 7. He doesn’t need his best performance to get a win here.