This is a tricky little claimer with 11 scheduled to run and plenty in with chances, The likes of Tackson, Flooded and Race the Moon are solid yardsticks but between them have combined for only two wins in 13 around here and all seem to save their best for other tracks. I’m a Sooners Fan makes his third start at WRD having ran here twice at this time last year – a win first time up in a similar race and a 2nd in a stringer race where he arguably achieved even more. He was drawn 10 when winning and gets the same post today so it is of little concern and he has enough tactical speed to be placed where jockey J Medina sees fit. I think he can make it two from three at this course today.
Trainer Karl Broberg is the winning most trainer in America year on year (548 wins in 2019) with horses based all over the country, his contender Strong Side comes in here with a race fitness edge over many of today’s rivals. Three starts ago he was a winner of a good claimer at Churchill Downs where the standard of racing would typically be far stronger than Will Rogers, the form and speed figure of that win would be more than enough to take this race. He was a winner last time out at Delta Downs and should be cherry ripe for today. I m expecting him to sit handy and kick on as they turn for home notch another winner for his trainer.
This is a $15k maiden claimer that will not take much winning at all. Trainer Scott Young trains the front two in the market but I think it’s safe to say both will be running fully on their merits and we can expect no market moves like we saw in the claimer at Dundalk on Friday…I expect DRC’s Arm Candy to take the early lead here but hes shown in all six career starts to date that he struggles to get home, even over this trip and I fully expect Nurse List to pick him up in the straight. Scott has had five winners form only 13 starts at Will Rogers to date and teams up with jockey F Wethey JR for a healthy 26% strike rate around here. He looks to have everything in his favour to shed the maiden tag here.
The betting here will likely revolve around the #7 horse Hard Story whose trainer Robertino Diodoro has started the meet with five wins from seven starts (too good to be true you might say). Given this, I think there is a good chance this one gets overbet and props up the market. Lucky Pete has only 1 win in 13 career starts but has ran some good numbers in defeat of late and faces what should be his easiest task in some time. He actually has far better figures to his name than Hard Story. His trainer Mark Lee runs a small operation but has already had a winner from only two starters at the meet so he should be of no concern. Look for him to sit handy on the outside and take it up coming from home if all goes well.