A little bit of night racing in West Virginia at Mountaineer Park. Before Penn National started racing, Mountaineer Park and Charles Town in West Virginia were the only tracks out east that raced late into the evening hours. West Virginia had a monopoly on the nightly cards, and I’m sure took advantage of that with nice betting numbers. You typically aren’t going to find big events at Mountaineer Park, but the post times allow for convenient betting later in the day instead of in the afternoon hours. There are nine races scheduled for Mountaineer Park on Wednesday. We are going to the later stages of the card, with post time set for 9:12 p.m. EST. The final three events of the day will be part of my Pick 3 multi-bet ticket. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park Pick 3 selections for July 1, 2020.
Post Time: 9:12 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 7 and Race 8 will serve as the feature races of the night at Mountaineer Park. A purse of $17,800 will be offered in both events. Treasured Bond and Untapped Energy are going to be dangerous horses for the rest of the field in this one. Untapped Energy is on my shortlist based on her form in her latest performance on June 16. She put together the best run of her career, as Untapped Energy won by 3 ¼ lengths over Coach Machen.
It’s the first win for Untapped Energy after finishing 2nd, 6th, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th in her career. The win was for a smaller purse of $14,100. This is going to be a slightly more difficult assignment for Untapped Energy, though she ran quite well in a $22,100 event on March 18 at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Untapped Energy finished 2nd in that race. However, she was well behind the strongest horse on the day by 7 ½ lengths.
Treasured Bond hasn’t won since December 4, 2019 at Charles Town. It was the second race of Treasured Bond’s career and she delivered for a 3 ¾ length win. She finished 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 2nd after winning that event. Her most recent run was in good form to place 2nd on June 7 behind Coco Machen by 1 ¼ lengths.
It was a race that could have gone in either direction, with Treasured Bond and Coco Machen getting into a duel in the stretch. This will be the easiest assignment that Treasured Bond has had since winning on December 4, 2019. That doesn’t guarantee an easy win, but a strong push in the stretch should result in a win over Untapped Energy at the wire.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
The second leg of our Pick 3 will feature 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt for $17,800 more at Mountaineer Park. This is the co-feature event of the evening in West Virginia. I have Flat Out Smokin and Devilish Magic on my shortlist for Race 8. Despite +500 on the morning-line, expect Devilish Magic to have a case in this one. Devilish Magic is 3 for 12 in her career, but hasn’t had much success since winning back-to-back races on May 5, 2019 and June 11, 2019.
Since those wins, Devilish Magic has finished 7th, 4th, 5th, and DNF on June 2. That sounds like terrible form, and it isn’t good, but Devilish Magic looked sharp on June 16 in a morning workout. She’s also getting a class drop here after going nowhere over the past several races. Expect Devilish Magic to be a surprise contender.
Flat Out Smokin is 3 for 24 in her career and is getting dropped in class as well today. Much like Devilish Magic, Flat Out Smokin hasn’t won since a back-to-back effort last summer. It’s pretty well been an identical road for Devilish Magic and Flat Out Smokin to this race. They both won back-to-back outings around the same time and haven’t won a race since. Having said that, Flat Out Smokin has been involved in slightly more difficult events. She appears to be in good form going into Wednesday, too. Flat Out Smokin deserves some attention in Race 8 at Mountaineer.
Post Time: 9:56 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 9 will close out the night at Mountaineer Park on Wednesday. Eight horses are scheduled to run 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $6,900 purse. Queens Dude is going to have a heck of a chance to get the win in this one. The only horse that I have threatening Queens Dude is Last Woodman. This is one of those races that Queens Dude is hopefully going to use as a springboard to bigger purses. Last Woodman will likely give everything he’s got to keep up, though.
He is 2 for 30 in his career, with an upset win on December 30, 2019. Last Woodman won by 2 ¾ lengths over Noble Behaviour in a $11,000 event. Since that win, though, Last Woodman has finished 8th, 4th, 5th, so the form normally hasn’t been present for Last Woodman. He finished 5th on June 21, which was for a $6,300 purse.
Throughout his career, which dates back to May of 2018, Last Woodman has never been a consistent threat. He’s finished in the top-3 only 11 times in 30 outings. Queens Dude is coming off a win on June 16 by a length. He beat Gatto Rosso in an impressive showing. Queens Dude was up by 2 lengths at the ¼ pole and never let go of the lead from there.
He has two appearances in stakes events in his career, with entries in the New York Breeders’ Futurity on September 29, 2018 and Ontario County Stakes on June 24, 2019. Queens Dude finished 6th and 4th in those races. However, just like his most recent outing, Queens Dude is not going to be bothered by tough competition. This is weak company for Queens Dude to deal with on Wednesday. I would never put money on a horse that is a -200 morning-line favorite in a straight bet, though in a multi-bet it’s within reason.