Will Rogers Downs Picks – Horse Racing Selections April 8, 2020

We have another day of Will Rogers Downs picks from Claremore, Oklahoma. It went well yesterday with a winning selection on Cougar Country. Cougar Country got the win for his second in a row. He took the lead at the ½ pole and held on for the win by a neck over Consumerconfidence. Good win for Cougar Country and a solid win for us as well. We’re back on Wednesday looking for a winner or two in Oklahoma. There are three racetracks in the US open with odds being offered. Well, open in the sense that the gates will be open for the horses. Fans are still forbidden from attending races, and it will be that way for the foreseeable future.


The tracks that are allowed to race just have to be thankful that they’re holding events. There are several across the country that have gotten orders, notably Santa Anita park, to stop racing all together. Sports leagues around the world have shuttered their seasons for the moment, so places like Will Rogers Downs have to be feeling rather fortunate to still be racing.

The 146th Kentucky Derby is pushed back to September, so there have been disruptions in the horse racing world for sure, but they’re one of the few industries in the US still running in some capacity. Will Rogers Downs will have the green light on Wednesday. Post time is scheduled for 1:15 CST. Head below for our free Will Rogers Downs picks for April 8, 2020.


Race 7

(1) Union Rebel
+1000 (10/1)
(2) Trapalanda
+250 (5/2)
(3) Rocktringo
+1500 (15/1)
(4) Big Em C
+500 (5/1)
(5) Niigon’s Glory
+600 (6/1)
(6) Ed’s Rocket
+200 (2/1)
(7) Imma Wild Bling
+450 (9/2)

Post Time: 4:15 CST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs

Post time for the first race of the afternoon is earlier in the day, with our first bet taking place later at 4:15 CST in Race 7. A purse of $10,450 is up for grabs, with seven horses scheduled to run as of Wednesday morning. Rocketringo and Union Rebel are likely going to be the biggest underdogs by post time. The morning-line at BetOnline has Rocketringo as the largest underdog in Race 7, with odds of +1500 at the moment.

Rocketringo has wins under his belt, and has picked up several of them recently. He is a winner in 10 out of 51 races for a 19% win percentage. Rocketringo got a hat-trick from September 9, 2019 to November 8, 2019 with three straight trips to the winner’s circle. He also won on July 20, 2019 which amounts to four wins in five races.

That’s a terrific run by Rocketringo and he felt confident in jumping up a class. However, that didn’t work out well for him, as Rocketringo was unable to compete against better horses. He finished 4th and 5th in his last two outings. A far cry from the easy wins he was racking up. Union Rebel has wins recently as well, with a hat-trick in his sights on Wednesday at Will Rogers Downs. His team is expecting to see him continue to succeed, just like what Rocketringo’s team thought when he won three straight races and wanted to test his luck against better competition.

I think between Trapalanda and Ed’s Rocket you’re looking at the winning horse in Race 7. Both will likely present bold bids to the wire on Wednesday. Trapalanda has been rock solid, showing in four out of his last five races, including three wins. In his most recent race, Trapalanda recorded the win by 4 ¾ lengths over Bandwidth at 6 furlongs. Since the start of January, 2019, Trapalanda has registered four wins. Overall, Trapalanda has won 8 of 22 races for an efficient win percentage of 36%.

Ed’s Rocket is likely going to be Trapalanda’s greatest roadblock to the winner’s circle in this one. He’s certainly running like a rocket, with three straight wins since December 13, 2019. He won by 6 ¼ lengths in a cakewalk in the December win at 6 furlongs. Dominated the field from beginning to end.

He followed that impressive win up with another easy win on January 23 by 2 lengths. Much like in the first race, Ed’s Rocket jumped out early and didn’t let go. In his most recent race on March 4, he drove to another easy win by 3 lengths. First all the way from the ¼ pole to the wire. This should be a quality race in a field with horses that all have some form or recent success. The most impressive and dominant has been Ed’s Rocket, though. Look for that dominance to continue in Race 7 at Will Rogers Downs on Wednesday.

The Bet

Race 9

(1) Direct Dial
+300 (3/1)
(2) Quality Rocket
+2000 (20/1)
(3) Dame Plata
+500 (5/1)
(4) Shannon C
+400 (4/1)
(5) Tin Badge
+1000 (10/1)
(6) My Wise Cat
+800 (8/1)
(7) Just Blaze
+800 (8/1)
(8) Bay Muzik
+250 (5/2)

Post Time: 5:15 CST
Distance:5 Furlongs

It will take 5 furlongs to decide a winner in Race 9 at Will Rogers Downs on Wednesday. A purse of $17,050 is on offer, which is the feature race of the day. It’s not the biggest purse in the world, but it will be the biggest on Wednesday in Oklahoma. Eight horses are expected to get the nod in Race 9, two of which will be fairly sizable underdogs. Morning lines at BetOnline have Quality Rocket as the betting underdog in this event.

Quality Rocket has some wins with 4 in 19 races, but is coming off a couple of disappointing efforts. He finished 8th on October 18, 2019 in the Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes, and 4th in the Silver Goblin Stakes on November 15, 2019. After getting beaten easily, Quality Rocket hasn’t seen a starting gate to race since.

Tin Badge will likely not be as big of an underdog as Quality Rocket at post time, but probably isn’t going to pass the test on Wednesday. He is coming off a solid performance on December 11, 2019, placing in 2nd to end on a dreadful stretch. Tin Badge didn’t show in seven straight events before finishing behind Mas Mischief by a hair.

It would have been the first win for Tin Badge since August 11, 2018 in the Iowa Breeders’ Derby. He likely is not going to get it here on Wednesday either. Just Blaze has a fairly impressive resume, having won 8 races in 28 events and has two wins since October 16, 2019. The most recent win for Just Blaze was two starts ago on February 21 at 5 furlongs on turf.

He edged out Seem by 1 ¼ lengths for the win. My Wise Cat is likely the best option as a longshot horse, though. He is a Diodoro trained horse that is likely going to compete despite the odds. My Wise Cat is a winner in 7 out of 26 events, with 2nd, 1st, and 1st on his resume in the previous three outings. He just won on March 17 in impressive fashion by 7 lengths. It was his first race at Will Rogers Downs and he made an impression.

Bay Muzik will be running for a new stable today after an already impressive career. He is a winner in 7 out of 16 races for a top-notch win percentage on the track. Bay Muzik has won four out of his previous seven outings. In the races he didn’t win, Bay Muzik was competed against some really stiff competition in the Clocker’s Corner Stakes, Shakertown Stakes, and Joe Hernandez Stakes. In allowance and claiming events, Bay Muzik has breezed past the competition. I’m with the No. 8 horse to get the win.

The Bet


Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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