Against all odds, Fonner Park will be open for racing on Monday afternoon once again. The little forgotten about Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska has raced on in this pandemic without having to stop their racing operations. No fans, yes, but hats off to Fonner Park for making things work during this difficult time. Despite the massive uptick in handle, Fonner Park is not rolling in cash in the backstretch, though.
They’re doing enough to survive, which is a lot better than many other companies can say. Fonner Park will close out their season shortly, while Churchill Downs and some of the other big tracks hope to take the spotlight soon. Churchill Downs intends to start racing Saturday, so get ready for that in Kentucky.
Fonner Park has been trying to get nine races out of their cards, but often have to settle for eight. They’re going with eight races on Monday. With some horses moving to new homes at other tracks this time of the year, Fonner Park is left trying to put events together. Overworking horses is never the answer, so they’ve been putting more eight-race cards together recently. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for May 11, 2020.
Post Time: 4:27 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Barring any scratches, seven horses will run 6 furlongs for the top prize of a $6,400 purse. My Award, Sweet as Caro, and Eyes on Behold will battle it out for an upset in Race 2. My Award will start on the outside out of the starting gate from the No. 7 post. She made her debut on September 13, 2019 and then had a long layoff and will be making only the second start of his career after her poor debut in September.
My Award finished 8th against nine other horses. Held in 5th throughout the race and then dropped back in the stretch to 8th. No kick and no fight from My Award. Perhaps the extra time off results in much better results.
Eyes on Behold finished 5th on March 30 and then 8th on April 23 in the second start of her career. In her most recent workout, Eyes on Behold didn’t look too sharp either, having completed 4 furlongs at 50.40 seconds. That was a workout without any urging, so that’s going to play a role in over 50 seconds.
Sweet as Caro has made two starts as well, without much improvement as a first-time starter. She finished 8th in her debut, second-last, and then 7th for second-last again on April 13. +800 doesn’t look like enough for me on Sweet as Caro.
Ticker has some slight value at +600. He may need to catch a break, but +600 isn’t a terrible price. Ticker showed in 3rd and then placed in 2nd on February 28 and March 13 at Fonner Park. He regressed to finish 4th in each of his last two outings, with her most recent performance on April 13. Ticker and Goodness Cat might be neck and neck in this race, and with Ticker at +600, I’d take my chances on him between the two. Goodness Cat has finished 6th, 3rd, DNF, 3rd in her young career.
Witts Data Link is still searching for the first win of her 16-race career, but has been getting close. She was in good form in her last outing, having finished 2nd on April 13. Drove hard in the stretch to go from 4th at the ½ pole to a length behind D L’s Girl at the wire. Ticker finished 4th in that race, Goodness Cat 3rd, Sweet as Caro 7th, and Eyes on Behold last in 8th. Similar form for Witts Data Link she likely gets her first win in 17 attempts.
Post Time: 6:42 p.m. CST
The feature race of the day is offering a whopping purse worth $8,000. At Fonner Park, that’s almost as good as it’s going to get most days for a feature race. In any event, we should have an entertaining race between nine horses. I spot some value that hopefully turns into a winning horse for us in Race 7. Moment of Magic and Poverty Flats will look to find an upset in this event as +1200 underdogs, according to the morning lines. Moment of Magic has been inconsistent, but capable of finding the winner’s circle. He has been in good enough form to win before and could be today.
Moment of Magic has a win in 7 career races. He’s finished 1st, 9th, 2nd, 5th, 4th in his previous five races. After getting the jitters out of the way in his first two races, Moment of Magic has been competitive. In his victory on June 21, 2019, Moment of Magic won by 2 ½ lengths over Supermans Bodgit. He hasn’t made a trip to the winner’s circle since then, but could pop. Poverty Flats is coming off a long layoff after winning on August 15, 2018. He’s a winner in 2 of 21 career races and is finally returning to the starting gate. While he hasn’t raced in a while, Poverty Flats had some encouraging workouts at 4 furlongs and 5 furlongs recently. He completed 4 furlongs at 48.80 seconds and 1:01.60 seconds, both workouts without urging.
Kat Dude is the betting favorite for Race 7 after promising results recently. He’s won 2 of his previous 3 races and finished 3rd to show in the other event. Kat Dude was in good form on April 7 with a half length win over Backchatter. He was ahead by the ¼ pole by a half length and held his own at 6 furlongs. Kat Dude has finished in the top-3 in four straight races and in 5 of 6 races in his career. That also includes performances at Remington Park and Sam Houston Race Park. Kat Dude will be a threat in this one.
He certainly has a better looking resume than Doby, but his foe is getting a sizable drop in class on Monday. After finishing 5th in his last race on April 15, Doby gets an easier assignment Monday. When he was up against a field similar to this, Doby finished 3rd, 1st, and 2nd. In his win, Doby defeated Fredorian in a blowout by 7 lengths at Sam Houston. He was 3 lengths ahead at the top of the stretch and opened it up for a 7 length win. On March 31, Doby finished 2nd by a head in a race that could have gone either way. Doby had the lead at the top of the stretch by a head, and Scooter’s Boy just happened to barely have the edge at the wire. I respect Kat Dude in this race for sure, but the value on Doby is a smart play.