Holland's North American Spot Plays for Apr. 28
by Tim Holland
Race picks for Tuesday racing at Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs are available below.
Will Rogers Downs
#4 Centergee (6-1) stretches out in distance off a good effort when third in his debut over 6-furlongs here earlier this month. Son of good young sire Jimmy Creed is a half-brother to three winners and trainer Young wins with 19% of his runners going from a sprint to a route. Chestnut can be in good position throughout with Triana retaining the mount.
Maiden claimers going a mile include #10 D C Hero (12-1), who stretches out in distance and drops in class off an unplaced effort last month in his first start since his debut last October. Dark bay makes his first start for trainer Smith who wins with 20% of his runners second off a layoff. Son of Silver City is a half-brother to four winners and can be tough at this level from off the pace with Wethey riding.
Trainer Davis wins with 13% of his newcomers and saddles #3 R Lukki Song (8-1), who is a debuting daughter of 10% first-out sire Girolamo and a half-sister to two winners. Dark bay cost $35K last year and has been working well in Kentucky for Davis who has won with 16% of his runners since the beginning of last year. Filly appears ready for a good first outing with Kennedy taking the mount.
#7 Grade One (5-1) comes off a fourth-place finish in an even effort in a stake over 6-furlongs here three weeks ago in his first start since being claimed by Ray Ashford. Gelding has won four of 21 career starts on dirt and Ashford wins with 19% of his runners going a route for the first time. Dark bay figures to be the one to catch with Tohill remaining aboard.
Trainer Mitchell has won with 14% of runners at this meet and saddles #3 Third Dimension (10-1), who rallied from just off the pace to break his maiden over the track and distance in his latest last month. Maiden breakers face a tough task against winners for the first time, but son of Street Cry is a half-brother to Sassy Image, who won the Princess Rooney (G1), and Mitchell wins with 14% of starters in claiming events. 5-year-old can be forwardly placed throughout with Wood again in the saddle.
An abundance of early speed going 4-furlongs may help chances of #5 Oakie Girl (10-1), who made some belated progress to finish sixth in her latest at this level eight days ago in her first start since September. Trainer Bethke wins with 16% of runners second off a layoff and filly has won one of five career starts. Daughter of Giant Oak can be along late under McNeil, who won with his most recent ride for this barn.
#5 Frigid (5-2) may have found the one-mile distance too far when weakening to finish third after making an early bid for the lead in her latest earlier this month. Daughter of Ice Box has won one of two starts on this oval and trainer Mitchell wins with 13% of runners going from a route to a sprint. 4-year-old can be along from off the pace with Wood retaining the mount.
Trainer Black has won with 21% of runners at this meet and saddles #2 Judge on the Run (5-2), who flattened out to finish second after making progress from off the pace in her latest over the track and distance last month. Dark bay has a record of 10-2-2-0 on this oval and Black win with 13% of runners in allowance events. Mare may be closer to the early pace this time under Olesiak, who has won with five of his last 11 rides for Black.
#8 Ohtani (6-1) was never a serious threat when fourth as the favorite over 6-furlongs in his latest at this level three weeks ago. Trainer Johnson wins with 18% of his runners that were beaten as the favorite last time out and with 14% of his starters in claiming events. Chestnut has shown early speed in the past and can be in contention from the start in event that may not see a strong early tempo.