Tuesday marks another day of racing at Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park. It isn’t the most exciting day for racing. These have been the only tracks operating during the shutdown on Monday and Tuesday. Will Rogers and Fonner certainly don’t carry the weight like a Santa Anita Park or Churchill Downs, but it’s something and better than nothing. The current 25-day thoroughbred meet at Will Rogers Downs is scheduled to come to an end next week.
Monday is the final day of the spring meet in Claremore, OK. Attention turned to some of the bigger tracks over the weekend, as Santa Anita Park and Churchill Downs both reopened to much excitement for horse handicappers. Charles Town and Golden Gate Fields were also part of the festivities, and more are soon to reopen as well.
Will Rogers Downs has a ten-race card scheduled for Tuesday. It’s supposed to be a beautiful day in Claremore today with a high of 73F. They’re expected to get a lot of rain and storms after Wednesday, so good timing for race fans. Remington Park may have to deal with some sloppy conditions on Thursday and Friday, though. Head below for our free Will Rogers Downs selections for May 19, 2020.
Post Time: 1:45 p.m. CST
Distance: 1 Mile
Ten horses are signed up for a go at a $11,550 purse in Race 2 at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday. There are five horses with odds of +1200 or greater, so there is a chance of a pretty big upset in this race. There was a massive upset in Race 6 at Will Rogers Downs yesterday, as Got Mojo won as a +3000 underdog.
That’s a lottery ticket play right there that made for a nice return for some lucky bettors. Another Mojo, Springtime Mojo, is going to be racing with some decent value today. Springtime Mojo has won 3 of 45 races in his career, and has finished in the top-3 in 3 of his previous 7 outings. His most recent outing wasn’t the sharpest, as Springtime Mojo finished 5th, though was still able to beat five competitors.
Quicksilver provides plenty of value at +800 as well. He’s won 4 of 18 races in his career, and wins in 2 of his last 3 races. Quicksilver won by 3 ½ lengths over Mickey the Moocher and then 3 lengths over Mega Honor. After jumping up a class, Quicksilver finished 4th in his most recent race on April 29. Cash Kitten, who is a +1200 underdog in this race, was able to beat Quicksilver, so this is another test for him. He has the potential to pop, though, so we’ll see if there’s improvements from two weeks ago.
Lindante and Deep Explorer must be on the shortlist. Deep Explorer has won 10 of 60 races in his career and has been in the top-3 in three straight and 3 of 4 races. He was unable to get past Lindante in his last time out, as Lindante beat Deep Explorer for 2nd. Deep Explorer also lost to Lindante on April 27, with Lindante winning and Deeper Explorer showing in 3rd. Lindante has won 9 of 58 career races and always seems to be near the front.
Lindante heads into Tuesday finishing in the top-3 in 6 of his previous 7 races. He’s won two races since April 1, with a win by ¾ lengths and 7 lengths in a blowout to finish more than 10 lengths ahead of Deep Explorer, who is likely going to be his biggest threat in this one. For the value I like Quicksilver, but for the best form heading into Race 2, you have to like Lindante’s chances.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. CST
This is a short 5-furlong event for a $7,150 purse in Race 6. Daddy’s Storm is likely going to have the odds at post time and I’m not going to blame people for staying away. She has finished 12th, 9th, 8th in her career and would need to improve tenfold from early March to get into the winner’s circle in this race.
Lakeside Romance might have a good at the top prize in this one, or at least, might be the best underdog to pick. He’s the only dog of the bunch that has shown in his career. Lakeside Romance finished 3rd on March 23 as a fairly sizable underdog. He couldn’t get the win, but was about 5 lengths back of winning.
Diamonata and Los Suenos, lining up next to each other in the gate at the No. 2 and No. 3 post position, are likely going to duel throughout this event. Los Suenos is winless in 13 career races, but will probably have a good run at the top prize in an easy field. He had the best performance of his career on March 23 to place in 2nd to finish 4 ¾ lengths off from a win. Los Suenos finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 6th, 5th in his last five outings.
Diamonata drops a class in this one after finishing 7th and 4th in the first two starts of his career. He was not ready for 5 ½ furlongs in his most recent outing. Diamonata finished 4th after leading the way until weakening at the top of the stretch. He was 1st out of the gate and until the final turn.
However, Diamonata faded and fell to 4th, though still managed to beat eight other participants. It was terrific improvement after falling way short as a first-time starter. Against this competition, all he will have to do is run like he did on May 5 and he should be good for a win. This race will be a half furlong less than that event. 5 furlongs should be more to his liking.
Post Time: 5:45 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The final race of the day features 12 horses vying for the top prize of a $8,250 purse. Bad Blue and, Poppy’s Oats, and Roi Belenciaga all provide an opportunity for a big payout. There will be people that sprinkle a bit on each horse, but it’s going to be a tough race for all of them. Bad Blue did pull off an upset on May 14, 2019, but has otherwise been way overmatched.
He won that event by ¾ lengths. Having said that, Bad Blue wasn’t close to a +3000 underdog in that race. When he has been priced around this, the results haven’t been too pretty. Bad Blue has finished 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th, 3rd, 9th in his previous six races other than the win.
Poppy’s Oats does enter with some momentum after winning on May 4 and placing on April 14. Now this is a way tougher test, though, in Race 10 at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday. He will press his luck at a more difficult race in this one. Poppy’s Oats has finished in the top-3 in 4 of his previous 5 races, including top-3 in 3 of those events.
How will he react against better competition? Probably not the best. Hoboken and Spendaholic are likely going to be involved in the stretch in this event. Hoboken has been in impressive form after finishing 5th as a first-time starter on July 27, 2018. Since returning to the track after a length layoff, Hokoben has placed or won in 4 of his last 5 races. In the other race, he showed in 3rd for what has been an impressive stretch.
Hoboken capped it off with a win on April 21 by 5 ¾ lengths over Corky. He was 5th at the ½ pole and then decided to turn on the jets and blew past the field for an easy win. That was at 6 furlongs. 5 ½ furlongs isn’t going to bother him at all. Spendaholic has a win in 14 races, and has finished 1st, 5th, 6th, 4th, 2nd in his previous five races. If Hoboken races like he did in his last race, Spendaholic will find this assignment tough, however.