Doctor Hot and Sleepy Turtle knocked on the door with second-place finishes when last seen on track and warrant respect. Alpine Empire runs in a maiden claimer for the first time for Jerry Gourneau with the trainer having only two-horses finish outside the first three places in the past two weeks.
However, it might be worth siding with stable-mate Go Chiva Go in this opening six-furlong contest tonight. He’s very much exposed with 17-career starts to date but jockey Rilardo Carpio has decided to remain in the saddle. The five-year-old should be handy from an inside draw position and if racing on a going day make every effort to dominate from the front.
G G Holiday stands out on paper ahead of this 6-furlong maiden special weight having finished second on her last three starts. She had a number of these rivals behind in recent starts and hit the crossbar yet again when returning in trip to 6-furlongs here two-weeks ago for trainer Marvin Johnson.
Looking for value against the favourite, Zibby Too is open to improvement on her third career start, while Miss Blue Rooster and newcomer, U Remember are main rivals. Richard Bliss has done well with a small number of runners this year and his mare might trouble the favourite now returning to six-furlongs – it’s hard to see her outside the places and one for the betting without the favourite.
Six of the seven-runners are previous winners with Joe Hawley’s Doubletrouble Bear the newcomer among the field over six-furlongs. Ye Be Judged had Yayasgotmoregame behind when winning here in early March, before Grady Thompson’s runner boosted the form with his own victory last month and both step up an extra two-furlongs tonight.
Backchatter is another for the short-list having scored over this course and distance 13-days ago under Chris Fackler. Kat Dude is our selection here and another runner for trainer Marissa Black – he won his maiden at Sam Houston in early February before finished a decent third in allowance company latest and should go close under jockey Dakota Wood.
Dakota Wood has another strong booking with Wheres Rufus in the 6-furlong claimer for trainer Mark Hibdon. He has two career victories to date and finished fourth in a stronger race last week with the jockey, trainer combination in good form having teamed up with Ebony Nights for victory here last night (Monday).
Cliffs Place has each-way claims for trainer Cresencio Arceo having won and disappointed here last month. Ohtani was outclassed in allowance company this day last week and drops in grade for this 5k claimer. His previous form around Turf Paradise was consistent and could make all the running for victory if able to break quickly from a wide starting position tonight.
It’s hard to look past El Diablo Grande in this six-furlong claimer for jockey Armando Martinez and trainer Terrell Hemmer. Martinez has recorded five winners and six placed horses from eleven rides in the past two weeks and should record a gate to wire success tonight having gained experience on this lad here two weeks ago.
He’s the obvious pacesetter here and should dominate from his inside draw and get off the mark at Fonner Park following two seconds and a third-place finish here to date. Getaway Driver drops into claiming company and Panic Button, who drops in trip tonight are main market rivals but will only play second fiddle behind our confident best bet of the night.
Our second-best bet on the Fonner Park card comes just after midnight in the six-furlong starter allowance contest. Shooters Alley has returned to winning ways since joining trainer Kelli Martinez and hopes to remain unbeaten at Fonner Park having landed a hat-trick between late February and late March this year.
In-form jockey Armando Martinez has been in the saddle on his two previous victories and should sit behind the pacesetters and strike late again. Ship Stalker, a winner on his Fonner debut latest along with another previous winner in Hunters Appeal are the main market rivals but chasing for places at best tonight.
An open affair for our second last race on the Fonner Park card, a six-furlong allowance optional claiming contest. Honey Hearts landed a hat-trick between Delta Downs and here in a period of three weeks and returns up in trip after a break. Extreme Caution is another back up to six furlongs and should run another solid race with a fine strike-rate at this venue.
Chubs Charmer for David Anderson will be powering home late but May Flowers for trainer Steve Hill is our selection. The eight-year-old got tired when finishing second on his Fonner Park debut after a break in late February, before winning in impressive fashion 15-days ago. Jockey Chris Fackler remains in the saddle tonight and can strike aboard the old boy again while currently in good heart.
Gone Preachin, I’m Lucky and Born Force all come into this final race on the Fonner Park card having finished placed when last seen on the racetrack. It’s a pretty poor 2.5k claimer over six-furlongs and won’t take the world of winning, with a surprise result not out of the question. The pace angle is also puzzling, and the tentative pick is Born Force following two consistent runs of late, including a win over course and distance in early March.
*All odds correct at time of publication