Fonner Park is live for another day of racing on Tuesday. They have an eight-race card on the docket today. I don’t think anyone thought that Fonner Park would be one of the racetracks in the US going strong right now. Well, going strong might not be the correct term to use, but considering the circumstances, Fonner Park is going as strong as they possibly can. They’re just operating to keep the horsemen happy, and fortunately, the off-track handle is sufficient enough to accomplish that much. It’s not perfect, and staff wish that the gates were open, but getting by is enough for them at the moment.
Fonner Park recently signed up for another 12 days of racing. One down and 11 to go until champions are crowned at the end of May. There was some speculation that Fonner Park was going to add some Thursday and Saturday to this meet. However, with Santa Anita Park planning on returning soon, and Churchill Downs getting close to racing, that wouldn’t be a smart idea.
Keep in mind that Fonner Park only gets 3% of the off-track handle, so having to compete with only Will Rogers for dollars is smart. There won’t be any stake racing the rest of the month, but it should be an exciting 11 days at Fonner. We’ll hopefully have one or two winning picks for this card on Tuesday. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for May 5, 2020.
Post Time: 4:27 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
We’ll have seven horses competing for a $7,700 purse in Race 2. That’s the biggest purse you’re going to find at Fonner Park on Tuesday. El Prieto gets the inside rail out of the gate, but is looking at long odds today. He has been off the mark since a win on May 5, 2018. El Prieto has been showless in 5 out of his last 6 outings. 3rd on April 13, 2019 is his best effort since the win in 2018. That’s the only win in his career, as he’s notched a victory in 18 performances. El Prieto hasn’t been much of an investment for his owners. Don’t expect much out of him here on Tuesday.
Gogetmbugs likely has a better chance to win between the two +1000 underdogs. Having said that, Gogetmbugs hasn’t been particularly strong recently either, having failed to show in four straight races. She has a win percentage of just 8% and place rate of 25%. Gotembugs had a win back on March 22, 2019 and hasn’t done much since. Unlikely to be much of a threat in Race 2. No, Nebraska Chrome is not California Chrome, and don’t expect a performance like California Chrome either.
Nebraska Chrome has a win in 15 starts and has placed a total of twice. While I don’t see much value with Nebraska Chrome or Gogetmbugs, there is a bit of value to be had in this race. Mr. Big Shot is the favorite to get it done after he exits stakes racing and looks for easier company to pick on. He is a winner in one race, which came at 6 furlongs.
Want to Be Cowboy put this field on notice after he torched the competition in his last outing, which happened to be his debut. He torched Creeds Revenge for a win by 7 lengths. He was out of the gate and gone. I don’t know how you ignore him at +300 in this spot. If Want to Be Cowboy brings that form to the track on Tuesday, then this horse is going to be awfully tough to beat.
Post Time: 6:42 p.m. CST
6 furlongs to decide a winner at Fonner on Tuesday in Race 7. Lil Miss de Buy will hope to find a successful run as a fairly big underdog in this one. That said, she’s found the winner’s circle a total of 4 times in 22 starts and has placed in 7 races. She was a winning horse in her most recent outing in December by 4 ½ lengths over Forest Girl. Will be on a bit of a layoff after sitting around since December, but carried some good form in 2019. This will be a tougher ask of Lil Miss de Buy and will likely have trouble against this class despite some good results in recent outings.
Honey Hearts has a lot of experience with 5 wins in 34 races, which includes showing 9 times. However, really looked outclassed in her most recent effort. She was behind the winner A Bunch For Lunch by 11 lengths for 5th. She will have to face A Bunch for Lunch on Tuesday, so a win here doesn’t bode well for her. It’s unlikely that much changed for Honey Hearts between now and April 13.
A Bunch for Lunch won that outing by 4 ¼ lengths over Judge On the Run in an easy win. She was also a winner in the race before that, as A Bunch for Lunch cruised to a ½ victory on April 1 over Spell Winder. Note that she’s placed in the top-2 in three straight outings, and has had excellent success with 7 wins in 18 races for a respectable win percentage of 38.8%. A Bunch for Lunch will have to contend with May Flowers and Matapan in this one.
May Flowers has finished in the top-3 in four straight outings, with a win by 5 ¼ lengths on March 23. She’s been around for a while, with 7 wins in 57 races in her career. Likely will hang around and threaten, but it could be tough to compete with A Bunch for Lunch and Matapan considering the form they’re in.
Matapan has a win in 4 of 16 races, but has been tested against some talented fields. She has placed in one of her previou three tilts, which came in the Al Swihart Memorial Stakes. Her most recent victory was a bold effort on March 1 at Oaklawn Park. She recorded the win by 4 lengths over Florida Bird at 6 furlongs. Close call between A Bunch for Lunch and Matapan. When it comes down to that, you have to like the value with the horse that is coming off back-to-back wins and seeking a hat-trick. A Bunch for Lunch looks like my favorite horse in Race 7