It couldn’t have been a much better day on Saturday. A horse short of winning the Daily Double at Santa Anita Park didn’t put a damper on the perfect 4-0 day at Belmont Park. That included a win in the Belmont Stakes on Tiz the Law. Without Nadal or Charlatan to worry about, Tiz the Law didn’t face too much of a threat at any point throughout the 1 ⅛ miles.
He was in control and will command attention at the Kentucky Derby. That figures to be a more difficult race, though. A lot can change from now to September. Just ask Bob Baffert how quickly things can change. From Nadal and Chalatan to no horse in the Belmont Stakes.
He will undoubtedly have an entry in the Kentucky Derby, though. Cezanne is the most likely to get the call at the moment, but after what Gamine did in the Acorn Stakes, he might have an itch to see what she can do against better competition in the Derby. Her record-breaking performance yesterday may have been too much for Tiz the Law in the Belmont Stakes.
She must enter a prep race or two to get enough points for the Derby. According to the odds Cezanne is still the leading candidate for Baffert, though. A filly up against the boys would be unusual, but this isn’t a normal year. As far as Sunday is concerned, I’m just trying to find back-to-back winners at Mountaineer Park for a Daily Double on Sunday night. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park Daily Double selections for June 21, 2020.
Post Time: 9:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
We’ll go straight to the tailend of the card at Mountaineer Park on Sunday for the Daily Double in Race 7 and 8. Both have a couple of small purses, but I think we can make it work. Race 1 is 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $6,500 purse. Bold bids are likely going to be in the cards for Anniversary Rose, Anditsafact, and Wee Monie Creek might be able to make some noise from the No. 2 post position.
Wee Monie Creek is a winner in 3 of 15 races in her career and gets a class drop for Sunday. She finished 9th, 6th, 5th, 7th in her previous four outings, after going 3rd, 1st, 3rd last summer into late September. Wee Monie Creek has been off since December after finishing 7th at Laurel Park. This is going to be an easier assignment than the last several races she’s been in, so improved results are expected.
She will have to contend with Anniversary Rose and Anditsafact making some noise going into the stretch. Anditsafact drops in class as well for Sunday. Unlike Wee Monie Creek, Anditsafact ran better before trying a different level of competition out. She finished 1st, 2nd, 1st, 4th, 1st before finishing 10th on May 9 and 5th on May 27 at Tampa Bay Downs. Anditsafact didn’t belong in either of those races, but the finishing result should be much better on Sunday.
Anniversary Rose has won 2 of 13 races in her career, and gets the most notable class drop on Sunday. She finished 6th, 6th, 6th, 4th in her previous four races. Prior to that bad stretch, Anniversary Rose 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st against much easier competition. The event he is signed up for today is more along the lines of that class. Finding success in those races should result in success against these opponents in Race 7 at Mountaineer on Sunday.
Post Time: 9:55 p.m. EST
The final race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia on Sunday is a 5-furlong event for a $6,600 purse. Posse Dreamin and Samurai Zip should be the major players in this nine-horse field. Samurai Zip draws the No. 6 post position and will be lining up right next to Posse Dreamin in the gate. He is a winner in 16 of 59 races for a serviceable career that has included $288,493 in earnings.
Samurai Zip won on September 5, 2019 for the first win in 11 races. Since then, Samurai Zip has finished 5th, 3rd, 6th. Prior to his win in September, Samurai Zip finished 7 in back-to-back events. He’s with a new stable going into today, and hopefully they bring some form of consistency to his form. It has been a struggle for him to get into a groove, but there has certainly been potential throughout his lengthy career. If his stable can get him to run today, then Samurai Zip is going to be a big contender here.
Posse Dreamin will likely be the greatest threat to Samurai Zip in the event. He just dropped a class for a race on June 9 and instantly saw better results. Posse Dreamin finished 10th, 8th, 6th, 9th, and then entered an easier race at Mountaineer Park after a stint at Remington. Posse Dreamin won by 8 ½ length in an easy route over the competition on June 9. After taking over by the 3/16 pole, Posse Dreamin continued to build on the lead and pull away from the field. A performance like that would be more than enough against this competition on Sunday night.