Another day in the spotlight for a small racetrack in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fonner Park will offer another racecard on Tuesday as they continue to break handle records. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean Fonner Park is getting rich by any means. The track as an entity only gets a small portion of what the total handle is. So while you read that Fonner Park is getting around $3-million a day in betting handle, they’re not swimming in that money. Having said that, they’re doing well enough to offer purse money and keep the horsemen happy. Fonner Park keeps applying to extend their racemeets, so there is a bit of money there.
We were able to split our two picks at Fonner Park on Monday. The first selection was a solid +250 winner, but was denied the sweep in the later race. Fonner Park’s typical schedule is over the weekend. What they’re trying to do is steal some money away from what would typically go to the big boys like Gulfstream Park. Having to compete with Gulfstream Park for betting dollars is a losing strategy. Smart move by Fonner to alter their schedule to where they are only dealing with Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for April 28, 2020.
Post Time: 4:00 p.m. CST
Distance: 4 Furlongs
A short sprint of 4 furlongs will get us started at Fonner Park on Tuesday. Six horses will be called to the gate to compete for a $3,700 purse. The smaller tracks can’t payout these large purses every race, so it’s typically not a place where you’re going to find elite horses. Having said that, there are still some trainers that can make a living of grinding out wins at Fonner Park. There are four horses in this field that have solid chances of winning. Aunt Gayle has struggled to find the winner’s circle of late, having gone winless in six straight races. In any event, Aunt Gayle has won 6 of 29 races for a fairly decent career.
Aunt Galye has shown in three out of her last four races, so that’s going for her. However, she crumbled in her last outing when facing tougher competition finishing 8th. Aunt Gayle is back in a race that is more accustomed to her talent, so a bold bid is expected. She placed 2nd in two straight races before 8th on April 13. Her most recent win was in August, so it’s been a minute. Aunt Gayle, in all likelihood, will have a better run than Aloneatthebar in this event. In fact, everyone in this race should be able to beat Aloneatthebar. She hasn’t won since early 2017 and has failed to show in seven straight outings.
I’m Just Fancy hasn’t shown in three straight outings, with three abysmal efforts. She’s finished 7th, 7th, 6th in her last three performances. I’m Just Fancy wasn’t threatening in any of those races, and will need much better form to come close in this event. Muzz’em will likely be in contention in this one, more so than I’m Just Fancy. She has shown in three out of the last four events, but August is her last win. Muzz’em has raced only twice in 2020, finishing 8th on March 30 and 3rd on April 13.
Feels Right has been without a doubt the most consistent pony in this race. She has shown in four straight outings and came close on April 13 in her most recent effort. Feels Right finished 2nd on April 13 behind Jafmil’s Inferno. Solid effort, just like the previous three races, but it just wasn’t enough for a win. If she puts forth that type of effort on Tuesday, she should be in for a win today.
Post Time: 4:27 p.m. CST
Right after Race 1, we have another six-horse field, but with a bigger purse of $6,700. You won’t have to wait very long for this race to begin after the first event, with post time scheduled for 4:27 p.m. CST. If you’re looking for an upset big, there isn’t a whole lot to like here. Okie Princess is the longshot in this event, but I’d like something more than +800. Over +1000 would likely be better. Okie Princess has 15 wins under her belt, in 64 races, but didn’t look sharp against weak competition recently. She finished 4th on February 22 and April 15, though was on an impressive run before that, showing in 11 straight races.
The other horses have a strong chance of notching the win, though, especially Moonfield, Put Sarah On, and Friendly and Kind. Moonfield is coming off a win on March 23 and is a winner in 4 of 20 races. In her most recent outing, Moonfield downed Star Hunter by a neck to get the victory. She was able to set the pace early and had to get into a fight with Star Hunter down the stretch. However, Moonfield toughed it out and ultimately prevailed to get her first win since January 22. Moonfield has shown in four of her previous six outings.
Put Sarah On should be able to provide the others in this field with a strong test. She is a winner in two out of her last four outings, including a win on February 29 at Fonner Park. That was a solid win by a length over Ryrysweetie. May Flowers wasn’t about to hold on in the homestretch, and Put Sarah On jumped up from 2nd to 1st, and ultimately a trip to the winner’s circle. In all, Put Sarah On has won 14 of 57 races in her career. If it weren’t for Friendly and Kind signing up for this race, Put Sarah On would have been good value. However, Friendly and Kind is scheduled to race, barring getting scratched.
Friendly and Kind has won 8 of 19 races in her career for a productive win percentage of 42%. She’s coming off an impressive effort on April 22 with a wire-to-wire win. Friendly and Kind jumped out ahead inside and didn’t stop driving until she got the 4 length win. This 5-year-old was on a three-race win streak from January 3 to February 21. Since January of 2019, Friendly and Kind has won 6 of 13 races for a 46% win percentage. This is shaping up to be an entertaining race, but the recent form favors Friendly and Kind getting the win.