Will Rogers Downs is open for racing on Monday in Oklahoma. There hasn’t been any news of Will Rogers Downs pulling the cord on their meet, or the local government coming down on them. In other words, Will Rogers Downs will most likely continue to be the biggest track for wagering early in the week. There is Fonner Park in Nebraska, but Will Rogers Downs generally gets more attention and the better horses.
We took another split at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday, as Lady’s Island had a successful run in Race 4. Unfortunately Race 1 was less successful for us and prevented a sweep. Hopefully that can change on Monday at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore. There are ten races scheduled for the day, with the first post time around 1:15 CST. Head below for our free Will Rogers Downs selections for April 20, 2020.
Post Time: 2:45CST
Distance: 1 Mile
We’ll get started with Race 4 at Will Rogers Downs on Monday. The race is scheduled for a mile, with ten horses signed up to participate in the event. More than half of the field is going to be going into Monday as fairly big underdogs in this one. Sin City and Lucia Gal are probably the most unlikely to get the win in this event. And then Silver Sailor, Moro Compass, and Oneofsmarty’sgirls, Shaker Baker, and Veiled in Gold may all close at post time with odds greater than +1000.
Sin City has struggled mightily and isn’t likely to improve much today. She hasn’t shown in five straight races and six out of seven. He has finished 8th in each of his last two races. In 26 races in his career, he’s managed to finish 2nd four times and 1st twice. It’s hard to see him showing up on Monday with anything different to bring to the table. He and Lucia Gal will have it tough in this one. Lucia Gal is in a similar position, with only 2 wins in 28 races, and failing to show since last summer. It’s been nine races since she has shown.
Veiled in Gold might be your best bet if you’re looking for an upset. She hasn’t been strong in her latest races, having failed to show in four straight races. However, Veiled in Gold has a couple of wins in her ten-race career for a win percentage of 20%. That’s a lot better than the other underdogs can say in this race. She’ll certainly have to find that winning form, though. It hasn’t been present recently. Veiled in Gold will need a terrific effort to keep up with Silky Appeal and Nocturnal Mission.
Silky Appeal is feeling confident after showing in four of her last five races. Also note that she won on March 12 at Turfway Park. Silky Appeal was able to edge out She Got It by a half length to get the win. In her last event, Silky Appeal finished 3rd on April 15 at 6 furlongs. It was good to see her push throughout the race, and move up from 9th at the ¼ pole to 3rd at the line. Nocturnal Mission is coming off two strong performances, placing on March 10 and April 6. Her latest outing was a much more difficult race than she’ll see today. Despite that, she came a half length from winning. She was neck and neck with Shallow River, but was unable to close the deal. Look for that to change on Monday in Race 4.
Post Time: 5:15 CST
Race 9 is the feature race of the day, with a purse of $55,000 on the line in this one. The event will only be open to seven horses, with Sunday’s Vision looking for an upset from the No. 3 post. Sunday’s Vision is coming off a win in her debut, so that’s a huge victory for her right out of the gate in her first event on April 8. She won in a blowout in impressive fashion by 8 ¾ lengths over Meissen. That’s great and all, but that was a warmup race for Sunday’s Vision. The competition is going to get a lot harder on Monday.
Seeing Double is coming into Monday on an impressive streak. She has won two straight races and placed three events ago. Seeing Double won by a nose on February 22, and then a little more comfortably on March 17 by 3 lengths over Quinn Ella. It was an excellent run from 5th at the ½ pole to 1st by 3 lengths over the competition. Kallie Sioux is coming off a win as well, having won on March 17 by 3 ½ lengths over Quick Callsia. That also includes The One for Fun, who be running out of the No. 7 post.
The One for Fun got the win on March 25 by 4 lengths over Wild Prospects. It’s the second race in her last three outings that The One for Fun placed in. She has placed in three out of seven races in her career thus far. In the win, it was her debut at Will Rogers Downs after three races at Sam Houston Park. Not a bad welcome to Will Rogers for The One for Fun.
There isn’t much value to be had on the favorites, She’s All Wolfe and Polly Tiz in this race. She’s All Wolfe faded fast in her last race, finishing 7th on March 12. The distance bothered her, as she couldn’t keep up at 1 1/16 miles. She was 3rd at the ¾ pole and quickly fell back. Conversely, Polly Tiz was off the mark too, as she faded hard for 9th at 6 furlongs on March 30. The longer distance in Race 9 should not help her cause here.
Diamonds N Spurs is dropping a class after finishing 5th at Remington Park on December 15, 2019. She has shown in four out of six races and I don’t believe she is getting enough respect. Prior to 5th, Diamonds N Spurs was sharp and rallied late to go from 5th at the ¾ pole to just about catching the leader. It wasn’t enough, but it was a good effort to place. Diamonds N Spurs should be fresh without a race in 2020 before today. I think she carries the most value in Race 9.