We’re back at Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park on Tuesday for more American Racing.
This time our trader Joseph Kyne has give us the lowdown on the trainers and jockeys to keep an eye on.
Will Rogers Downs
Lane Luzzi tops the list of hot jockeys at the Oklahoma track. The son of racing legend Mike Luzzi, Lane has managed five winners from his last 15 rides, an impressive strike-rate by anyone’s standards.
However, getting on the scoresheet here could be a difficult task given the projected odds of some of his rides. Rivals Floyd Wethey Jr, Ty Kennedy and David Cabrera are all in action and Kennedy has been riding as well as ever of late.
He takes five rides for Robertino Diodoro and a further three for other trainers. The partnership has proved deadly so far this season and My Wise Cat (21:15) could see them in the winner’s enclosure yet again.
The son of Flashy Wise Cat has won three of his last four starts under Kennedy and despite only getting up by ¾l last time, that trip might have been shorter than ideal. He’s eased in grade here and looks to have another excellent opportunity to come home in front with an extra furlong sure to play to his strengths.
Kennedy might have an even better chance aboard Arm Candy in the following race (21:45). Scott Young’s charge has been knocking on the door under his regular pilot and was beaten by ½l in each of his last two runs.
The opposition in this race is particularly uninspiring and a repeat of either of his last two performances should see him well clear of his rivals.
Ty Kennedy booked rides: Weekend Madness (19.45), Victory Stripe (20.45), My Wise Cat (21.15), D R C’s Arm Candy (21.45), Hot’n Notty (22.15), Dr. Beets (22.45), Kertara (23.15), Union Rebel (23.45)
The Nebraska track starts the second day of its additional fixtures and while up-and-coming Dakota Wood is back in action, it could pay to side with Fonner stalwart – and iron man – Armando Martinez.
The veteran is in the form of his life and it’s probably because he knows Fonner’s dirt course better than his own back garden – he’s been riding at the track for almost 35 years. His rides to pay most attention to on Tuesday are Want To Be Cowboy (22:27) and Giant Gamble (00:15).
His wife Kelli sends out Want to Be Cowboy in the second race following an excellent debut where he won by over 6l.
He has a couple of questions to answer, though, including over the step up in trip and how he’ll cope after a two-month absence. The market will be informative so it could be worth paying close attention to how he fares in the betting.
Giant Gamble (00:15) lived up to his name last time; his odds plummeted, and he was a wire-to-wire winner, holding on to win by a nose from his rivals. It could be worth seeing how he runs as he has collateral form with two horses running in the final race on the card.
There was no splitting Green Card and Shepherd’s Pride who both finished just behind him and if Giant Gamble boosts the form it would make those runners very interesting.
Armando Martinez booked rides: Trask (22.00), Want to Be Cowboy (22.27), Scioto’s Shoes (23.21), Glory of the Game (23.48), Giant Gamble (00.15), Classy and Fast (00.42), Mayhawk (01.09).
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.