There is one more track on the schedule to contend with on Wednesday, but Fonner Park should attract another solid betting handle online. Tampa Bay Downs joins Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park as the three active tracks racing today. Yesterday was a winning day at Fonner, as we went 1-0-1 with a win on Banana Pepper and a push on Lovethatcause because of getting scratched.
Combined with Will Rogers Downs, it was a productive day with a record of 3-1-1. We came just short of a sweep, with our only losing pick placing instead of winning on Tuesday afternoon. There’s nothing wrong with a profitable day, though. Fonner Park will be our only straight-up horse racing selections for the day, while we have a parimutuel ticket in the Pick 3 at Tampa Bay Downs today.
This weekend should be an exciting weekend for racing. Santa Anita Park is still waiting on the official word from the Health Department to race. However, Churchill Downs is on track to open their season on Saturday, and Golden Gate Fields has been giving the all-clear as well. Protocols were finalized with local officials for Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday. Santa Anita is left waiting as the others gear up. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for May 13, 2020.
Post Time: 4:54 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
We will start our Fonner Park picks for May 13 with Race 3. Nine horses will take to the starting gate for a $7,040 purse. There aren’t any monster underdogs in this race, but Ragtop Red, Terrific Jo, Trip Code, and Tiz a Magic Man are all sizable underdogs above +1000. I argue that Mr Mon could easily be a beyond +1000 as well. Barring a big upset in this one, J Train, P R Streakin, and Pete and Repete should put forth a nice effort on Wednesday afternoon in Nebraska.
Terrific Jo is making the second start of his career after a lackluster performance as a first-time starter on April 29. He finished 8th, behind Trip Code, Tiz a Magic Man, Pickles N Me, and Pete and Repete who are all in this race today. Terrific Jo floated wide in the first turn and was never able to recover. Pete and Repete was able to show some nice drive in the stretch, as he went from 5th at the top of the stretch to 2nd at the wire. He will be a player in Race 3 today.
Trip Code beat Terrific Jo in that race, but didn’t do much else. After finishing 3rd in his debut, Trip Code was 7th in his most recent outing on April 29 against the field I just mentioned above. Trip Code managed to beat Let’s Hope and Terrific Jo, though that’s it. He was along the inside, but did absolutely nothing with it and fell back. Ragtop Red was not in that race, and hasn’t done much in other performances. He’s finished 5th, 6th, DNF in the first three starts of his career.
J Train and Pete and Repete promise to duel at some point in this race. Pete and Repete has been showing consistent results recently, having finished 3rd, 3rd, 2nd in his last three outings. He’s getting close and might be ready to strike. Pete and Repete has been able to finish in the top-3 in three straight races after 7th and 5th in his first two starts. That’s good progress, and he might be ready to find the winner’s circle.
J Train is dropping a class after finishing 4th in his most recent start. He was building up some confidence after placing in back-to-back races on March 23 and April 6. J Train broke well out of the gate in March and had the lead, but couldn’t hold on in the stretch to finish 2nd behind Yayasgotmoregame by 1 ¼ lengths. He followed that up to place in his next outing for two quality performances. J Train finished 4th in stakes racing in the Fonner Park Special Stakes on April 20. He likely has a slight edge over Pete and Repete.
Post Time: 5:48 p.m. CST
6 furlongs for a small $5,400 purse in Race 5 at Fonner. Eight horses are signed up for the event and will race barring any scratches. La Indian and Californiasummer are expected to be behind the 8-ball in this race. La India has been all over the place in her career. Perhaps this is the day where she leads the field to the wire, though. La India has finished 4th, 4th, 1st, 10th in her previous four outings. She’s a winner in 3 of 16 races and has been a bit inconsistent and hard to trust from race-to-race.
Californiasummer has been consistent recently, but not in a good way. She has finished 5th, 5th, 7th, 4th, 5th, 7th in her previous six races. Californiasummer has been in the top-3 in only 1 of his previous 13 performances. Unlikely to be a factor and La India is the better upset pick if you’re going for a longshot winner in Race 5.
A J Hart is coming off an upset victory on May 4 and will be a factor if she brings the same form to Wednesday. She took over at the ¼ pole and protected the lead for a win by a head over Alexandrias Thorne. A J Hart has a win in 3 of 16 career races. That was her first win in eight entries. It’s hard to expect A J Hart to grab another win as an underdog in back-to-back races.
Innocent Storm and Ryrysweetie will most likely be galloping strong into the top of the stretch in this one. Ryrysweetie has just 3 wins in 33 outings. That said, the mare has been in good form recently to show in back-to-back races. Ryrysweetie has finished 2nd, 5th, 3rd, 3rd in her last four outings. Her most recent win was on August 8, 2018, so it’s been a long minute.
Innocent Storm has been in terrific form for the last year. She has finished in the top-2 in 11 straight outings. That includes 3 wins and placing 8 times. Note that Innocent Storm has finished 2nd in four straight races. She had a layoff from August to April, but returned and was in the same form to finish 2nd on April 15 and April 29. Innocent Storm should be ready to go back to the winner’s circle on Wednesday.
Post Time: 6:43 p.m. CST
In our final selection at Fonner Park on Wednesday, ten horses will get a 6-furlong assignment for a small $3,700 purse. The winner doesn’t get much for this event, but it always feels nice to record a victory and take a trip to the winner’s circle. Half of this field are big underdogs with odds of +1000 or more.
Elusive Dream is going to have a tough assignment in Race 7 on Wednesday. With 3 wins in 28 races, Elusive Dream hasn’t discovered what the taste of victory has been like since March 31, 2019, eight races ago. Since that win, she has failed to show, and is coming off a poor performance for 8th on April 22.
Triple Double and Husker Ridge will likely need some breaks to get into contention in this one as well. Husker Ridge might be the best upset selection of the bunch, though. She has finished 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 7th in her previous four outings. That win took place nearly a year ago on May 26, 2019.
In her return to the track, Huster Ridge finished 7th on April 22. If that was the race to shake off some rust, then she might have a case if she returns to former form. However, banking on that happening is a longshot, hence the odds. Leading up to her hiatus, Husker Ridge finished in the top-3 in 7 of her previous 8 races.
Dirty Dixie Road and You’re the Reason will likely run a competitive race at Fonner on Wednesday. You’re the Reason has a win in 4 of 30 races and has been consistently at the front since last year. She has finished in the top-3 in 7 of her previous 10 races, dating back to last May. However, could have been in better form in her most recent performances on April 1 and April 22. She finished 7th and 4th and will need improved form to beat Dirty Dixie Road here.
Dirty Dixie Road enters Wednesday with a couple of races that puts her in the right direction. She lost by a neck in a near win on April 13 in a bold bid to get to the winner’s circle. It didn’t work out, but put forth another solid outing to show on the 22nd. Dirty Dixie Road hasn’t won since a victory at Belterra Park on May 25, but gets an easy assignment on Wednesday to notch her 4th win in 30 races today.