There are just two tracks running today, Fonner Park in Nebraska and Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma — the cards at both are surprisingly good.
There are just two tracks running today, Fonner Park in Nebraska and Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. The cards at both are surprisingly good; we have a pair of plays at each track, including a $50,000 stakes, the Wilma Mankiller, at Will Rogers. The weather looks dry across the Midwest today, and we expect fast dirt at both. Let’s go.
Allowance, 1 mile, Dirt, Fillies & Mares 3 & Up
This first-level allowance drew a field of seven, and it is for us the easiest race of the day to handicap: the delightfully named 1-Karate Hottie has a significant speed-figure edge on the rest of the field, and gets the very advantageous rail post, as mile races at Will Rogers start very close to the clubhouse turn, and being inside prevents losing ground around the turn. Karate Hottie should be able to skim the fence and get a good stalking trip; from there, she should win. We will bet her to win at 8/5. The bet: Will Rogers Downs, Race 7, $40 to win on 1-Karate Hottie.
Maiden Special Weight, 6 furlongs, Dirt, Fillies & Mares 3 & Up
Ten drew into this maiden race for fillies and mares. Nine of them have run before, and to say that race history is underwhelming would be an understatement. We’re consequently going with a first-time starter 4-D Witches of O Two, who is owned and trained by Manuel Chavez. She is unraced as a 4-year-old, which means she has probably had some physical problems along the way, but she does have two very good morning works under belt, one a week ago and the other a week before that, and we are hanging our hat on those, as she won’t have to be the second coming of Ruffian to take this race. We’ll bet her to win at 12-1. The bet: Fonner Park, Race 1, $30 to win on 4-D Witches of O Two.
$50,000 Wilma Mankiller Stakes, 6 furlongs, Dirt, Fillies & Mares 3 & Up
The Wilma Mankiller, the day’s lone stakes race, drew ten entrants, and it’s a pretty good field, especially for a Monday. We like a runner on the outside, 10-Drip Brew, a 6-year-old mare bred in North Carolina. She has a couple of things we like: she’s got high early speed and an outside post position; but she also has the kind of hidden form that we like: she has run at a few different tracks, and for a few different trainers, in her last handful of races, and she’s also had to run over a wet racing surface her last two. She makes her first start for trainer Scott Young today, who wins at a 21% with horses making their first start for him, and we think she’s going to get the early lead, and from there, she has a very good chance at carrying her speed all the way to the finish line. She’s a square price at 6-1; we will bet her to win. The bet: Will Rogers Downs, Race 9, $40 to win on 10-Drip Brew.
Allowance, 6 furlongs, Dirt, Fillies & Mares 3 & Up
This first-level allowance for females drew a field of ten. We like 10-Global Exchange, who starts for trainer Marissa Black. She’s done quite well this year, breaking her maiden at Fonner on February 22, and just missing in an allowance race on March 6. She’ll need to negotiate the outside post to avoid losing ground on the first turn, but she has speed, and we think she can use her speed to avoid being hung wide. If she gets a good trip, she should get her picture taken; we will bet her to win at 5/2. The bet: Fonner Park, Race 8, $25 to win on 10-Global Exchange.
That’s all for today. Be safe, and, as always, good luck at the windows.