Will Rogers Downs will take its spot in the spotlight as one of the only games in town again Tuesday. Claremore, Oklahoma will host another card on Tuesday, which features ten races today. Attention is going to be on horse racing this weekend with the return of Santa Anita Park, and the opening of Churchill Downs on Saturday. Golden Gate Fields will be racing as well, so things are beginning to look up for horsemen around the country. There are going to be happier people in the backstretch in the US soon.
There is going to be some happy horse handicappers this weekend as well. With more races, it gives us more options to try and find some winners. Until at least July, horse racing is going to continue to be the only game in town on an everyday basis. There is the UFC, but there aren’t events being put on daily.
Major League Baseball hopes to start play in early July, so that’s likely going to be the first chance of a major sports league getting off the ground. It’s all preliminary and the biggest roadblock may end up being arguments over revenue between the player’s union and owners. In any event, good news for horse racing, as racetracks begin to open up around the country. Head below for our free Will Rogers selections for May 12, 2020.
Post Time: 2:15 p.m. CST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
A short sprint in Race 3 at Will Rogers Downs for a $13,750 purse. Eight horses are scheduled to run 5 ½ furlongs in one of two 5 ½ furlong races at Will Rogers on Monday in Race 3. Cowgirl Kimmie is likely going to have the hardest day at the track, with Lila’s Lucky Lady probably behind.
Cowgirl Kimmie has been out of form recently, having finished 9th, 9th, 7th, 8th after a win on December 6 at Hawthorne in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Stakes. Since making the move to Oaklawn Park, Cowgirl Kimmie has struggled and will see if she can find any improvement in her first race at Will Rogers Downs today.
Lila’s Lucky Lady might have a better chance of pulling off the upset here. She’s won 2 of 11 races and has finished 1st, 6th, 5th, 4th, 4th in her previous five outings. Lila’s Lucky Lady has at least been involved in some races. Cowgirl Kimmie has been way off the pace. A solid run by Lila’s Lucky Lady might be enough to get her into the top-3 to show. Amongst the horses with long odds, Lila’s Lucky Lady is probably your best upset pick.
Sassy Seta and Joy in the Journey will get into a good battle in Race 3. Joy in the Journey is a winner in 2 of 8 career races and came close in her last effort. She finished 2nd on April 26 at Oaklawn Park by 2 ¼ lengths behind Country Dream at 6 furlongs. However, Joy in the Journey has gone without a win in four straight performances. Her most recent win came on February 13 by 1 ½ lengths over Florida Bird. Hit the top of the stretch with a 3 length lead and was able to hold on.
Her greatest threat in this one is going to be against Sassy Seta. Sassy Seta has been the most consistent pony recently and could be ready to strike on Tuesday. She has placed in 3 of her previous 4 races and finished 2nd in her most recent race. Sassy Seta was beaten out by 1 ¼ lengths, but was faster than ten other horses in that field. That’s likely a win against the company she is racing against today. In 5 of her last 8 races, Sassy Seta has either won or placed. Not a horse to ignore in Race 3.
Post Time: 2:45 p.m. CST
Race 4 will feature a mile race for a $11,550 purse. Mia Pandowdy has a lot of work to do on the outside from post No. 9 if she’s going to get the upset. She is searching for her first win and her team would likely just be happy showing in this event. Mia Pandowdy has placed in 1 of 13 races and showed in another race on July 9, 2019. That’s her most recent productive outing. Since last summer, Mia Pandowdy has gone 5th, 5th, 9th, 6th, 7th. Well off the pace in her last race on April 15 to finish 7th.
Right next to Mia Pandowdy, Luck’s Good Girl will be looking for an upset, too. Luck’s Good Girl has failed to finish inside the top-10 in three career outings thus far. She’s finished 11th, 10th, 12th for a trip of disappointing efforts. There are only nine horses in this field, so the good news is that Luck’s Good Girl will be inside the top-10 in this one. The bad news is that she is unlikely to run a competitive race on Tuesday. The other side of the starting gate is going to prove difficult to beat. Red Lingerie has a bit of value at +600 in this one, too. Red Lingerie has been showing signs of steady improvement since her debut on October 10, 2019.
Red Lingerie finished 9th in back-to-back races to open her career, and then finished 8th, 6th, 4th in her next three races. In her last appearance, Red Lingerie beat eight other participants for a decent effort and the best form of her career so far. It’s certainly within reason that Red Lingerie can do one better here and get into the top-3 to show. Lil’ Shopper and Plenty of Munny will be tough to beat, though. Lil’ Shopper finished 2nd and 3rd in back-to-back outings, but regressed to 7th in back-to-back races since then. Easier assignment than her April 9 race at Oaklawn Park, however.
Plenty of Munny has showcased the best form in this field. She’s been winless in seven starts, but has been close to the front. Plenty of Munny placed in 2 of her previous 3 races on March 7 and April 22. She was just short of a win in her most recent effort, but broke well out of the gate and could have easily won against this competition. Plenty of Munny has been in the top-3 in 4 of 7 career races. That’s a lot better than others can say in Race 4. I’d consider a look at Plenty of Munny here.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. CST
Another 1-mile race on Tuesday at Will Rogers Downs in Race 6. Ten horses are scheduled for the event, which carries a $8,250 purse. Toskiko would net a nice profit if she’s successful in this one. She has 7 wins in 52 races, but has been in bad form and showing no signs of improvement.
After a win on August 8, 2019, Toskiko has struggled going 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 8th 8th, 8th. The better bet for an upset is probably on Brilliant Kitten who is getting the same odds on the morning lines. At least she has shown some life recently. Brilliant Kitten has a win in just 3 of 35 races, but finished 4th two starts ago on March 5, which is a lot better than Toskiko can say.
Right on By, Diamond Legacy, Checkerboard, and Ancona all have solid chances at the top prize in Race 6. Right on By has won 3 of 37 races for a less than desirable win percentage, but Right on By has been competing recently at least. She has shown in 2 of her previous 3 outings, and has appeared in the top-3 in 8 of 11 entries.
Right on By will certainly be hanging around again in this one, but still lacks that killer instinct and kick in the stretch to become a serious contender. Diamond Legacy is coming off a solid performance on April 29 to finish 2nd behind Rare Poppy by a half length. That’s her best race since November. After finishing 2nd on November 6, 2019, Diamond Legacy finished 7th, 6th, 8th, 7th, 4th. I prefer the consistency of Right on By versus Diamond Legacy.
Checkerboard gets the rail out of the starting gate and should sport a solid bid. However, like Diamond Legacy, inconsistency has plagued her, as she’s finished 8th, 5th, 6th, 2nd, 4th in her last five outings. If you want consistency, Ancona is your horse. She is looking to four-peat after a hat-trick on April 8.
Ancona won at Turf Paradise on March 1 in comfortable fashion by 5 ¾ lengths over Avie’s Paradise in a wire-to-wire effort. She didn’t lose any form on the move to Will Rogers, as she won on March 31 by 3 lengths, and then a win on April 8 by 2 ¼ lengths over Bode on Tap. Ancona hasn’t finished worse than 2nd since 3rd on January 12. She’s gone 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st in her previous five trips to the gate. Serious contender in Race 6.