Only four more days are left of racing at Fonner Park for the season. Today will be one of them, while Memorial Day Weekend will close out the calendar at Fonner. One fewer day will be offered because of the departure of horses. With other tracks reopening and starting their meets, there are bigger fish to fry with bigger purses available elsewhere.
There isn’t much of an incentive to stick around at Fonner Park if a horse is eligible and can compete at other race tracks offering more money. For other horses, their trainers are more confident in them running better at Fonner Park and chasing the easier prizes.
I’m looking forward to stakes racing being turned up a notch. With Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park in the game now, there’s going to be a lot of big races on the schedule soon. Churchill Downs returned this past weekend, but didn’t hold a stakes race. That will change this weekend, as the most storied race track in the world, next to Ascot in the UK, will host five stakes races on Saturday.
There hasn’t been much to get excited about sports wise lately, but that should be a big day of racing at Churchill Downs. Santa Anita Park will hold a couple, with the Charles Whittingham Stakes the biggest prize of the weekend in the US, with a $200,000 purse. The total purse from Race 1 to 8 at Fonner Park is a fraction of that one race. That said, we can still attempt to profit off this card. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for May 19, 2020.
Post Time: 4:27 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Seven horses will compete for a $3,700 purse in Race 2 at Fonner Park on Tuesday. This should be a good one between Diesel’s Prize, Giant Gamble, and Born Force. Dorcheat Zarb and Frankalee Fun both have a hard road to a win in this one, while I’m a Rock might be the best bet of the horses with bigger odds.
I’m a Rock has been running well, but has been unable to finish the deal in recent races. He’s finished in the top-3 in four straight races, with a solid performance on March 30 to place in 2nd. I’m a Rock was 1 ½ lengths away from a win in that performance. Followed that race up to show in 3rd on April 22. Between the two +600 horses, I prefer I’m a Rock to show over Frankalee Fun.
Born Force has raced in five races since March 7. He took a break after finishing 5th in September and the time off has helped. Born Force has finished 1st, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 4th since then. Returning to back-to-back wins isn’t a bad way to celebrate. In all, Born Force has won 9 of 77 career races. However, he has failed to get back into the winner’s circle, having finished 4th, 2nd, 4th in his previous two outings.
Born Force took on Giant Gamble in their most recent race and it was no match. Giant Gamble was the better horse, as he was 2nd as opposed to 4th for Born Force. He finished about 5 lengths behind Giant Gamble on that day. Giant Gamble heads into Tuesday winning 8 of 45 races in his career. He’s been in excellent form recently and looked to build on the success. In four straight outings, Giant Gamble has either won or placed. He recorded back-to-back wins on March 31 and April 20.
Giant Gamble won by 1 ¾ lengths over Bold Bulldog and then a nose over Green Card in his next performance. The win on April 20 was a wire-to-wire win, just barely hanging on to edge out Green Card at the wire. While he did not win his last race, Giant Gamble was close to place in 2nd by ¾ lengths behind Elusive Blueboy. That would have been a win against this field. If Giant Gamble can bring the same form to Race 2 today, then this should be a winning run.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. CST
Race 4 is a seven-horse field that will run 5 furlongs for a $5,400 purse. There are three horses to be aware of in this event. Spotitide, Golden Bullet, and All for Truth all belong on the shortlist. All for Truth has won 3 of 15 races and was a factor in his last outing. He finished by a half length against Out of Patience as a big underdog. If All for Truth can run that well against this competition on Tuesday, then he’s going to be involved in the stretch here. However, All for Truth has been wildly inconsistent, finishing 4th, 2nd, 6th, 4th, 6th in his previous five races leading up to that 2nd place performance on May 6.
Spotitude has a win on April 20 by a length over Starling after showing tremendous burst in the second-half of the race. He hit the ½ pole and Spotitude was off from 7th to the front of the field at the wire. However, prior to that race, Spotitude was not nearly as sharp, finishing 4th on April 7, and then 4th again on May 6 after the win. Out of Patience beat Spotitude, Chuckmate, and All for Truth to get the win. All for Truth ran a better race than Spotitude in that event, having finished 3 lengths ahead.
Golden Bullet hopes to live up to his name on Tuesday. He has been way overmatched lately to finish 5th, 5th, 5th, 4th, 6th in his previous five races. While that looks awful, Golden Bullet takes a big dive in class for today. Against similar competition, he won on August 28 over Fine Mate by a neck as the favorite. He’s back to running as a favorite on Tuesday and should be able to produce. Highly disappointing if Golden Bullet drops this far down a class and has nothing to show for it. However, I have faith in Golden Bullet getting it done in solid form.
Post Time: 6:42 p.m. CST
6 furlongs for a $9,200 purse in the feature race of the day at Fonner Park. Ourbestfriend DL, Scooter’s Boy, and Itsallaboutyou should all be in the mix in the stretch in this event. We backed Ourbestfriend DL on April 27 and he just about came through for us. He lost by a half length against Scooter’s Boy, who was really strong that day.
Ourbestfriend D L was unable to win back-to-back races after winning on April 14 by 2 lengths over Bandwidth. He has won 4 of 21 races in his career and will have to wait for the 5th, which could come today. Ourbestfriend D L has finished 7th, 8th, 2nd, 1st, 2nd in his previous five races. Without a doubt not a horse to ignore in Race 7.Itsallaboutyou has won 19 of 72 races, but will need to discover his old form from 2019 for today.
After winning in October, Itsallaboutyou has gone 3rd, 5th, 4th, 4th in his previous four races. Note that Itsallaboutyou has gone winless in 19 of his 20 outings. He won a stakes race in 2018, but his win in the Dan Johnson Stakes has been the highlight of his career. Itsallaboutyou has not been able to find that top form in a long time. He won’t need a perfect run to win here against a beatable field, but is a couple of steps behind where he used to be at.
Scooter’s Boy has a win in 5 of 15 career races and is looking for a mammoth winning streak today. Scooter’s Boy has been on fire with fourth straight wins. He’s been in the form of his life and continues to get stronger with each passing furlong. In his latest outing, Scooter’s Boy defeated Ourbestfriend D L by a half length. Prior to that, he beat Overanalyzers by 3 lengths on April 14. Hard to ignore that form. I’m going to side with Scooter’s Boy to get it done once against for his fifth straight win on Tuesday.