Will Rogers Downs is under the microscope for another Monday, as they take the spotlight as the biggest racetrack in the US that’s open for racing. Along with Will Rogers, Fonner Park in Nebraska is scheduled to have a racecard as well. Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park have the attention of horse handicappers early in the week, while others are dark on Monday and Tuesday. Fonner Park moved their schedule to accommodate the change. Instead of having to deal with the big boys like Gulfstream Park, Will Rogers Downs is the only track they have to fight for betting dollars.
With everything off-track, it’s especially important that the handle numbers are huge. The money has to be there to payout purses. Will Rogers Downs set a record on April 21 with $5.3 million wagered. Monday saw $5 million, Tuesday $5.3 million, and Wednesday fell back when Tampa Bay Downs opened up, but still impressive with a handle of $4.7 million.
For a track like Will Rogers Downs that’s an incredible achievement. It doesn’t have the brand value of Gulfstream Park, but is doing well enough with the doors closed to make the horsemen happy. We were happy to hit a +2000 winner on our Rainbow 6 card at Gulfstream Park yesterday.
Unfortunately, 6 out of 6 correct picks was not meant to be, but if you managed to play Roddick straight up in Race 9 it was a nice hit and all you needed for a winning day. Beyond Gone at +200 was also a winner. We’ll get back to Rainbow 6 betting at Gulfstream Park later in the week. For now, head below for our free Will Rogers Downs selections for April 27, 2020.
Post Time: 1:45 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 2 will hold a nine-horse event featuring a $11,200 purse. Moro Compass and Smokin’ Carol will be right beside one another in the gate looking for bold bids to get the upset. Smokin’ Carol has it the toughest in Race 2, as she’s been icy cold for the greater part of two years. She has failed to show in 11 out of her previous 12 races. Smokin’ Carol has gone 6th, 6th, 9th, 7th, 7th in her previous five races. Although she does have 2 wins in 34 races, the last win came on August 22, 2018. It’s been a while for Smokin’ Carol and it’s hard to see her upsetting the field today.
Reesey Peesey should have a better chance in this one, but is up a pretty big wall as well. She has 2 wins in 13 races, but hasn’t done her part in recent outings. Reesey Peesey has finished 5th, 5th, 8th, 7th, 5th in her last five races. Her last victory was on March 9, 2019. If you’re looking for an upset pick in this race, Lady Abigail might be the selection.
However, I’d like to get better odds than +1500 on her. She has won 2 out of 12 races, finishing 7th, 4th, 4th, 7th, and 6th most recently on April 15. I think this is going to be a race between Nurse List and Brew Casa. Apple County is getting some respect from the No. 7 post, but something more than +350 would be nice.
Nurse List is coming off a win and has won two out of her last three outings. She also placed in two of her last four races for four solid performances in a row for Nurse List. In her latest win, Nurse List won by 4 lengths over Hushed for an easy victory. It was a wire-to-wire win for Nurse List, as she had a lead by 1 length at the ¼ pole and never faltered down the stretch and pulled away over the competition.
I’d like a better price on Apple County, but she could win the race for sure. She is coming off a win in her last appearance on March 31. However, that was her first win since 2018. Apple County went seven races without a home, showing in only two of those efforts. For the odds you’re getting on Apple County, you’re probably better selecting Nurse List.
Brew Casa is searching for her first win since November 7, 2018. She’s been held winless in 11 straight races. However, she’s been competitive against top-flight competition. Brew Casa came a bit short on her last outing, placing in 2nd behind Lady Lex by 2 ¼ lengths. If she can get that same performance today against this field, then a trip to the winner’s circle is likely in the cards.
Post Time: 2:45 p.m. CST
A mile will be run in Race 4 at Will Rogers Downs on Monday. It comes with a $12,100 purse. This is likely going to be a difficult race for several horses in this event. A P’s Bluegrass is coming off a win and is a winner in 3 out of 19 races. However, this is a big jump in class and is likely going to be overmatched against this company. He got the win by 5 lengths over Survey in what was an impressive effort. He was 4th at the ⅜ pole and pushed hard to rally for the win in the homestretch.
Uncail is in exactly the same boat. He’s had even more success recently, with three wins in his last four outings. Uncail has shown in five straight races as well, so it was time for Uncail to jump up for a bigger challenge against tougher competition. That’s what he is going to see in Race 4 on Monday. In any event, Uncail has been in fine form, and I wouldn’t oppose at least putting a small bet on Uncail to get the win here. He certainly knows how to win, with 4 wins in 15 outings in his career.
Stephen’s Answer has found success against better competition than Uncail. He isn’t coming off a win, but was on a heather with four straight wins from October 10, 2019 to December 20, 2019. He also won five of six races during a stretch that began on August 15, 2019. Note that Stephen’s Answer has placed in five of his last six outings.
In his most recent race, Stephen’s Answer placed in 2nd by a neck. He was 1st throughout the race, but 1 1/16 miles was just a bit too long. If that race was a mile Stephen’s Answer probably gets the win. Both of his most recent wins were at a mile. He should feel more comfortable at this distance.
For a minor upset bid, Sorryaboutnothing is worth a look. Sorryaboutnothing has won two out of his last three races, but wasn’t as sharp in his most recent effort. He finished 6th and was no factor at all, finishing ahead of two horses, but never found a groove on the track. That said, he was much better on March 16 and March 23 where he had back-to-back wins. Stephen’s Answer is likely going to be the horse to beat in Race 4, though.