Very little strength in depth to start the Will Rogers card with a field of seven-runners for this six-furlong maiden claimer. Topogio showed some improvement when a staying on third here last month, but it’s hard to side against World. Steve Asmussen puts the blinkers on his runner tonight and the drop back in trip is an advantage in what should be a gate to wire success under Lane Luzzi.
Cougar County steps-up in trip following victory over five-furlongs at Delta Downs in February and could burn out late in this 6-furlong claimer. Cash Kitten has an excellent strike-rate at Will Rogers and is short-listed, but Consumerconfidence is our pick. The Chris Richard runner makes his Will Rogers debut and the drop back to six-furlongs looks ideal while also dropping in class.
Owen the Great had a number of these rivals in behind when finishing third here 15-days ago and has solid claims tonight. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Williams trained runner dominate from the front with little pace expected on paper. Aloo Ghost is another for the short-list following a second-place finish at Sam Houston but could find it hard to challenge our selection in this claimer.
A trappy maiden special weight over 6-furlongs for our third race of the night at Will Rogers. Scott Garrison and Ry Eikleberry are a combination doing well and any market support for newcomer Bug Zapper should be noted. November Mike makes his debut here and looks the tentative selection dropping back in trip having raced in better company at Sam Houston last month.
Most of this field are in excellent form of late at different levels which makes this 22k allowance race over one mile very interesting. Taruca finished behind Miltontown here three-weeks ago, but Seattle Thunder should see off both rivals tonight. Joe Offolter’s runner has only finished unplaced twice in nine career starts here and is the most consistent of these to score yet again at Will Rogers.
Go for Jim and Spicy Legacy are interesting runners having raced in better races of late for connections. However, it might be worth siding with Champagne’s on Ice one more time for trainer Robertino Diodoro in this 5.5-furlong maiden special weight. He’s an exposed runner, but the return to this trip could see him secure victory under Ty Kennedy from a handy forward position.
Aggieville and Hollywood Square should set an extremely strong pace which should see the winner of this 6-furlong claimer challenge late for victory. Nym is a solid performer in this grade and holds a fine record here with two-victories from three starts at Will Rogers. The faster they go up front the better and hopefully he’ll scoop late to follow up his good win at Sam Houston in February.
Centergee is respected for trainer Scott Young on debut but it’s probably best to side with the experienced runners in this 23k maiden special weight over 6-furlongs. Justin’s Omen looks exposed with I’m The Man Now the safest option for trainer Marti Rodriguez. He’s improved for all four starts to date and finished second on his debut here at Will Rogers last month.
The second last on the Will Rogers card is the feature race of the night with a handful of contenders over 6-furlongs. Trumpence is the only horse with previous experience here following a maiden win last May with all other rivals running at Will Rogers for the first-time. There’s very little between Nero and Minister of Soul, but Steve Asmussen’s runner should have the stamina edge to score here.
A number of these meet again following a run behind Cash Kitten here last month which saw Big Guy Ian grabbed late on to finish second. Expect a blistering pace which could play straight into the hands of Rocky Boy Indian and give Dlodoro Robertino another winner. He’s been consistent around Turf Paradise this year and with luck in running should challenge late for victory in the lucky last.
*All odds correct at time of publication