In the final day of racing in Nebraska for the week, Fonner Park will put on another racecard on Wednesday afternoon. Chalk the last two months up as a win for Fonner Park. While the track is definitely not making as much revenue during normal days, Fonner is managing to operate on off-track profits alone. They are entitled to only 3% of that cash, so it’s not like they’re swimming in money because of the record-breaking handle. Some people are making money still, but the actual track is doing enough to just put on regular cards.
That’s keeping the horsemen content and for the front office at Fonner, that has to feel like a win. They’ve had some horses move elsewhere recently, so the main issue for Fonner has been providing racecards with nine events. Instead of nine, they’ve been offering eight a lot lately. There are small fields in most of the races as well.
The track has been vocal about not overworking horses just to fill up races, so that’s certainly a good thing for the health of the horses. We took a split at Fonner Park yesterday. One of the winners was at +300, so that’s a winning day despite missing out on the sweep. Most days a split is all you’re going to need for a profit when it comes to horse racing. Hopefully we can do one better on Wednesday with two wins. Head below for our free Fonner Park selections for May 6, 2020.
Post Time: 4:27 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
A small field of six horses will get the call in Race 2 at Fonner Park on Wednesday. A purse of $6,100 is being offered, and for Fonner, that’s not one of the smallest you’re going to find. El Diablo Grande and Theboyzdelight are tied for the longest odds in Race 2 according to the morning lines. If I’m choosing between one of the underdogs, El Diablo Grande provides better value.
El Diablo Grande is seeking a hat-trick after wins on April 7 and April 14. In the first win, El Diablo Grande had a 2 length lead at the ¼ pole and held on the rest of the way for a 1 ¾ length win over Panic Button. A week later, El Diablo Grande won in similar fashion, as he was ahead by the halfway mark and then held on for a half length win over Spon Boss.
Including those two wins, he also finished 2nd on March 24. El Diablo Grande has a win in 4 of 20 races in his career. This will be a tougher race for El Diablo Grande, but he enters with some confidence. Theboyzdelight jumped up a class in his last race and the difference was noticeable. He won on March 6 and finished in the top-3 in five straight performances. However, finished 7th after pressing his luck against better competition. He had a nice jump out of the gate, but faded hard.
Dribbles found success in his last two races after dropping a spot in class. He wasn’t going anywhere for six straight races before seeking out easier competition. That was after he finished in the top-3 in five straight races, so it could be dejavu for Dribbles again. Dribbles was 2nd on March 24 and then he followed it up with a win April 6 by a neck over Shepherd’s Pride. He’s likely going to struggle against two stronger horses in this field. Big Guy Ian and Academy Bay are going to be tough competitors to best in this one.
Big Guy Ian is a back-to-back winner in his last two races on April 7 and April 20. He won by 2 lengths over Westmont at 5 ½ furlongs and then repeated with a win by a nose over Knight Disruptor two weeks later. Big Guy Ian has a win in 12 of 54 races in his career. Prior to the recent win on April 7, Big Guy Ian hadn’t won a race since July 26, 2019.
Academy Bay has had similar results with 12 wins in 53 races. He is back at Fonner Park after stops at Prairie Meadows, Columbus, Delta Downs, Remington Park, and then Oaklawn Park most recently. He was outmatched at Oaklawn Park, but had so-so results. In six races at Oaklawn Park, Academy Bay finished 2nd and 3rd twice. He’s coming off 4th on March 26 and 5th on April 17. In his most recent win, Academy Bay won at Remington Park by a nose against 12 other participants on December 11, 2019. This will be an easier task than the five races at Oaklawn Park. It should be a pleasant return to Fonner.
Post Time: 1:30 p.m. EST
Race 4 will showcase a seven-horse field running for a $7,000 purse. There are four horses in this one that are going to have trouble keeping up. That includes Youwonderwhyidrink, Son of So, Drastic, and Garbar Boy. For his name alone, Youwonderwhyidrink should get some attention. While it’s an attention grabbing name, the on-track product isn’t top form for the 4-year-old gelding. Youwonderwhyidrink has entered five races in his career and finished 6th, 7th, 8th, 7th, 2nd, and 7th most recently on April 14.
Son of So has much more experience with 25 races to his credit, but doesn’t have much success to show for that experience. He’s recorded a win, though that’s all, and that came on September 3, 2019. Son of So has gone winless in 12 straight outings and didn’t show in any of those races. He’s unlikely to be much of a factor in this spot.
Garber Boy is another participant in this race that is looking for a brand new start on Wednesday. He was a winner in his second start on July 8, 2019, and then did nothing to build on that win. Garbar Boy has finished 9th, 9th, 10th, 9th, 10th, 6th in his last six performances. If he brings that kind of form to the party in Race 4 on Wednesday, it’s likely not going to be good enough.
Drastic would be the better option out of the two +600 horses. He has shown some fight recently, having finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st before struggling on April 22, but 4th was still a good run for Drastic. In his victory on March 31, Drastic won in convincing fashion by 6 lengths over Youwonderwhyidrink. He emerged as the leader going into the stretch and pulled away boldly. There is still some value to be had in this race, though.
Alex of Ice at +350 jumps off the page as a shortlister in Race 4. He’s on the heels of two quality performances on December 11, 2019 and January 11. In the win in January, Alex of Ice won by 3 ¼ lengths over Try Try Again at 6 furlongs. He hasn’t been far off in seven straight races. Alex of Ice hasn’t finished worse than 4th in those performances.
Bell Ringer is 8th, 5th, 2nd in his previous three races. He’s failed to finish better than 5th in 8 of his previous 11 races. Eastside Boy has gone 10th, 4th, 10th, 6th, 3rd, 5th, 4th in his last seven races dating back to November. If Alex of Ice can return in the same form from January, he’s going to be the gelding to beat in Race 4.