Mountaineer Park will be open for racing again on Monday with eight races in the evening. I don’t think that Mountaineer envisioned being the focal point of sports in primetime. That is what it has come to, though. Mountaineer’s sister track in West Virginia, Charles Town, had its moment in the spotlight, and now Mountaineer Park gets to be the focal point in the evening. There are four race tracks with cards on Monday, which includes Laurel Park, Lone Star Park, Mountaineer Park, and Tampa Bay Downs.
Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park have been the only tracks racing on Monday and Tuesday for the past two or so months. Mountaineer Park gets the evening slot all to themselves on Monday. Other than table tennis, and maybe some bizarre Russian sports leagues which seem to be going non-stop no matter the time of the day, Mountaineer Park in West Virginia is the best that it’s going to get on Monday. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park Pick 3 selections for June 1, 2020.
Post Time: 9:05 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
We’ll hit the end of the card at Mountaineer Park with a Pick 3 ticket for Race 6-8. It’s a late start with post-time for Race 6 not until 9:05 p.m. EST. D’money Honey, Arazi Like Move, and Bearcat Kitten should present a solid challenge for the rest of the field. Bearcat Kitten is coming off a solid performance on February 26 to win by 2 ¾ lengths over On This Day. He has finished in the top-3 in 9 of his previous 10 outings. Overall, Bearcat Kitten has won 11 of 49 races in his career. He goes through stretches of great success, but will have the odd terrible performance show up here and there. One to consider for sure.
D’money Honey will be in the mix going into the stretch in this event, too. He has finished 3rd, 1st, 8th, 2nd in his previous four races. D’money Honey placed in his most recent performance on February 24, finishing 5 ¾ lengths behind Lock On. That was where he was expected to finish given the odds, so D’money Honey lived up to expectations in that event but didn’t beat them. On Monday night, D’money Honey will have to exceed expectations for a win. Overall in his career, he’s recorded 9 of 32 races in his career since debuting on October 26, 2017. If he matches expectations for Race 6, then D’money Honey should place again.
The greatest threat to preventing a win for D’money Honey is likely going to be Arazi Like Move. This 5-year-old has been picking up solid performance after solid performance. Arazi Like Move has been in the top-3 in 6 of his previous 7 outings. After doing that in six straight races, Arazi Like Move tried to see what a tougher assignment had in store. He didn’t do too bad, but fell out of the top-3 for 4th to end his streak. The task on Monday should be more to his liking. Arazi Like Move is going to be challenged in this event, but it’s one that is winnable.
Post Time: 9:30 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 should be a good one and might turn into a duel between two participants. Springmeier and Greg Rules Da are likely going to get into a good battle for the top prize from this $12,400 purse. Greg Rules Da has won 14 of 72 races in his career, with much of his success coming in the latter stages of his career. Note that Greg Rules Da has won 5 of his previous 9 races, so his form has been terrific after some changes in workouts.
However, after back-to-back wins on January 11 and February 8, Greg Rules Da failed to keep up against tougher competition. Greg Rules Da finished 3rd and 4th in his previous two outings. This should be an easier assignment, but will have to deal with Springmeier. Without Springmeier entering this race, Greg Rules Da is the clear front-runner.
However, Springmeier is going to give him all that he can handle in this race. Springmeier has been hot and was recently on a four-race winning streak before losing on October 10, 2019. However, Sprinmeier was able to get right back on the wagon and win in his most recent performance on November 12, 2019 at Mahoning Valley. He looked good in that race to win by 1 ½ lengths. Overall, Springmeier has won 9 of 36 races in his career. If Springmeier shows up and wants to race on Monday, he should be going to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 9:55 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
5 ½ furlongs for a small $6,300 purse to end the day at Mountaineer Park on Monday. Leading Indicator and To Honor and Run will likely be the horses to watch in the final race of the day in the US today. To Honor and Run is coming off a couple of nice performances on February 4 and March 4. One of which was a win, with To Honor and Run beating Country Caden by 6 ¾ lengths. In her next outing, she was unable to get the win, though it was another productive run for To Honor and Run to place.
She was 4 ½ lengths from a win in that one, so her competitor, Wakeeta, had the race in the bag fairly comfortably. In any event, it was another promising sign by To Honor and Run. In her 11-race career, To Honor and Run has notched two wins and placed three times. Leading Indicator takes a big drop in class after finishing 6th on April 26. Even before that, Leading Indicator was racing against much faster competition than she’s going to see on Monday.
Leading Indicator was looking really strong in those events, too. She finished in the top-2 in four straight races, including a win on December 8, 2019 at Los Alamitos by 3 ½ lengths over Promnesia. That was the second win for Leading Indicator in her career. She has 2 wins in 10 races throughout her career. This is the easiest assignment that Leading Indicator has seen in a long time and should act accordingly with a strong bid to the front.