Another day of Covid-19 in the United States means more horse racing dominating the sports landscape in the country. While some tracks have been closed to racing, there are others racing well and even thriving. I should be careful with the word thriving, but at this point, some tracks should be thrilled that they’re bringing in money considering what’s going on around the world. Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs are two of the smaller tracks in the nation that can’t be doing too badly.
Will Rogers Downs was breaking records prior to the shutdown, and while they would obviously like a full crowd at their track, are doing well enough under the circumstances. Will Rogers Downs is located in Claremore, OK. Oklahoma is nearing 2,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the state. As opposed to densely populated states, Oklahoma has been doing a reasonable job, at least from what the confirmed cases indicate.
Will Rogers Downs is offering a ten-race on Monday with the first post time scheduled for 1:15 CST. Other than Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs, you’re going to have to look internationally if you want other tracks. Sweden, Australia, and Japan all have races in the overnight hours if you need something in the early morning hours. We had a profitable day yesterday with a win at Gulfstream Park behind Whiskey Sunrise. Head below for our free Will Rogers Downs picks for April 13, 2020.
Post Time: 2:15 CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Six horses will take the starting gate for Race 3 at Will Rogers Downs. A decently sized purse of $250,080 will be up for grabs in this one. Not bad for a small field, and most of the horses in this event have a good chance here. 3 to 5-year-old fillies and mares will make up the field. Mighty Heidi is the least likely to get the win, and you’ll probably see her odds north of +1000 at post time.
She made a tremendous debut to open her career on September 2, 2019, with a win D R C’s Arm Candy by the length of a neck. Mighty Heidi flew from 8th at the ⅜ pole to 1st at the wire, barely. Following that win, she struggled in her next four races, finishing 6th, 6th, 4th, and 5th.
Her and Eutychia likely don’t stand too good of a chance on Monday afternoon, but if you’re looking for a lottery ticket play, you could find it with them. Eutychia has much more experience than Mighty Hedi, but that just means a lower win percentage. She has a win in just 1 out of 20 races, with the victory back on October 4, 2018. Since that win, Eutychia has placed in 2nd only two races. Maybe she can get lucky and land in the top-3, but a win appears to be unlikely.
Billie G might be the best option in Race 3 if you’re looking for longer odds. She has been threatening recently, and consistently showing since last summer. Billie G has shown in five out of six races since June. However, her most recent win was on May 6, 2019. That’s the only win that she has on her resume, with a win in 11 races. Having said that, I like the consistency that she has been putting on display, and is likely going to find the winner’s circle again eventually. I’d just like to see better odds than +500 at post time.
There are three horses that have a legitimate argument in Race 3, with Shanghai Sally, Justaboutright, and Zapit all likely going to be close for the win. Justaboutright has been a bit inconsistent, but is coming off the first win of her career. She won from 5 ½ furlongs by 2 ¼ lengths over eight other ponies. The late burst was impressive, as Justaboutright exploded from 4th at the ⅜ pole to 1st. Again, though, she has been inconsistent with a lot of bad and some positive in her seven-race career.
Zapit is returning to the mix after sitting out the past few months. Her last race was on December 14, 2019 and it wasn’t good. She finished 8th after finishing 3rd and 1st in two prior races, all at Remington Park. Zapit went back to the drawing board following the disappointing effort in her last race. She looked quite strong in a recent workout on April 5, having completed 5 furlongs in 1:02.84. The competition is not strong in her return to the track on Monday. Zapit is the best horse in the race, and if she runs like it, should be able to secure a win.
Post Time: 3:15 CST
5 furlongs will decide a winner in Race 5 on Monday at Will Rogers Downs. This is a race reserved for fillies and mares, with seven of them 3 years old and three 4. A small purse of $8,580 is being offered. The previous race we covered, Race 3, has the biggest purse of the day. Miss Jasser will be looking for the big score as an underdog from the No. 6 post. She is a massive +3000 underdog and could be well beyond that by post time.
Miss Jasser has appeared in four races and none of them have been impressive. In her last performance, she finished 14th in a weak outing on November 13, 2019. That was after she finished 10th on September 19, 2019. It might be tempting to throw a few bucks on her, but she’s likely to be a non factor.
The same goes for Chitabella, but at least all of her races have been inside the top-10. Chitabella has made three starts, having crossed the finish line in 9th, 7th, and 6th. She fell behind early on March 23 and never regrouped to finish 6th out of 7 horses. Those are not the only underdogs in this event. There are several horses with long odds.
Kuchen and Brownwood are not feeling any love, as they head into Monday with around the same odds. Kuchen is making her debut, while Brownwood has finished 11th, 5th, and 5th. That sounds like an improvement, but keep in mind that there were fewer participants in her second and third race, so 11th to 5th doesn’t look too impressive.
Fine Cut Diamond is another sizable underdog in this race that hasn’t seen much success. She has raced in four races and hasn’t done better than 4th on March 30. The other races resulted in finishes of 6th, 8th, and 9th. If I’m going to take a shot on an underdog here, it has to be on one of the horses that hasn’t raced yet, which includes Sword of Azeri, Eurobeauty, and Kuchen. If you can consider going a bit lower on the odds, Sandy Crest, has shown in two out of four races. At least she has some form of success.
The good news for the underdogs that no other horse has won in this race, either. However, D R C’s Arm Candy has come awfully close, unlike most of her challengers today. She has placed in four out of seven starts, including her last two outings on March 16 and March 23. Sheza Hot Flash and Nurse List was able to edge her out, though she hung around the front in both performances. She was never worse than 2nd in both races. I think they have the favorite right in this one. D R C’s Arm Candy should get the win if she cares to run on Monday in Oklahoma.