We’re at a track that I’ve had a lot of success at this year in West Virginia. Mountaineer Park and Charles Town take turns racing in the evening in the state. There has been more success for me at Mountaineer Park than Charles Town. For whatever reason, Charles Town hasn’t been that great, but Mountaineer has been coming easily to me. Not that I want to jinx that and go without a win tonight. Collision Illusion came through in the Bing Crosby Stakes to fortunately make it a winning day at Del Mar yesterday.
It could have been a better day at Saratoga, though. I don’t feel bad about betting Honor A. P. in the Whitney Stakes. However, I wish I could have a chance back to bet Echo Town in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. Echo Town rode a late burst to clear the field. He was on my shortlist, and I’ve won with him before, so I’m not all that surprised.
No Parole faded following the ½ pole and Echo Town only got stronger. All eyes will be looking towards the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes next weekend at Saratoga. In the meantime, there are plenty of races coming up this week across the US. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for August 2, 2020.
Post Time: 8:06 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
A small purse of $6,900 is being offered in Race 4 at Mountaineer. Six horses are scheduled to take to the starting gate for the race, which will cover 6 furlongs on the dirt. Mrs. Chapman is looking for back-to-back wins today following a victory on July 7 in a $10,300 race by a half length. Mrs. Chapman is 2 for 6 in her career, with her other win coming on September 21, 2019 at Gulfstream Park in a $17,000 race.
That is the biggest win of Mrs. Chapman’s career. The problem for her has been her lack of consistency. Those are the only two races that Mrs. Chapman has finished in the top-3 in. In her four other performances, she has finished 8th, 6th, 5th, 4th. It has been all or nothing for Mrs. Chapman. She could have a strong performance to get her back into the winner’s circle on Sunday. I would hold Mrs. Chapman in higher esteem if she didn’t have to deal with Talkback.
Talkback is 2 for 10 in her career with some nice consistency recently. She has a bit of stakes experience with an appearance in the Game Face Stakes (Black Type) on April 20, 2019. In her previous four outings, Talkback has finished in the top-3, and top-2 in her previous three races. She won at Charles Town by a length in a $18,000 event on May 14. Since that win, Talkback has placed in back-to-back events. She was favorite in both events and didn’t live up to expectations. However, that form might be good enough versus this field. I will side with Talkback to bounce back with a win.
Post Time: 8:50 p.m. EST
Race 6 is another $6,900 race at Mountaineer on Sunday night in West Virginia. This event will cover a mile, so longer than the 6 furlongs in Race 4. Two L’s Meow and Thorny Issue are worth some consideration out of the seven-horse field. Thorny Issue gets the inside rail out of the gate from the No. 1 post position. He’s been showing something lately with back-to-back performances for 2nd on June 15 and July 6. It’s the best form that we’ve seen from Thorny Issue in a long time.
Thorny Issue is 2 for 48 in her career, so the win percentage doesn’t get much worse than that. She finished 2nd in June for the first time since September 10, 2019. That was eight straight races for Thorny Issue. He finished 4th, 6th, 6th prior to placing in a $6,300 and $6,900 race. If she returns to the track on Sunday in the same form, then Thorny Issue may be able to make things interesting. In any case, Thorny Issue has been winless since September 10, 2018, so a win would end a lengthy losing streak.
Two L’s Meow was a back-to-back winner on January 4 and January 30 before going up in class to finish 5th, 3rd, 5th, 8th. In his most recent outing, Two L’s Meow was 8th in a $16,000 race. On January 4 in the first win of his career, he won a $19,980 race by 4 lengths, and then followed up with a $23,310 win by a half length over Victory Glenn. This is the easiest assignment of his career by far. Faltering at this level would be a major letdown, but he should be able to perform up to his expectations.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 8 is the feature race of the day at Mountaineer Park. Compared to the other events tonight, a purse of $17,800 is pretty substantial. Flirty and Three Illusions who will line up next to each other in the gate are horses to note. Flirty is 6 for 34 in her career with appearances in two stakes races. She finished 9th and 8th in those Black Type events last year, so wasn’t a factor to win either outing. In her previous five outings, Flirty has finished 1st, 1st, 8th, 2nd, 4th. In her most recent win on March 31 at Turfway, Flirty won by a neck at the wire to down Pure Sugar.
Since that win, Flirty has gone 8th, 2nd, 4th. In his most recent showing, Flirty finished 4th on July 20 in a $24,300 outing. That might have been just a bit too difficult for Flirty, but she should be in a better position to pick up a win on Sunday night. Three Illusions is likely the only horse that is going to compete with Flirty. She has been torching the competition recently and might be able to do it again on Sunday. Three Illusions completed a hat-trick on July 16 with a win over Dream On Jilly by 2 ¾ lengths. She struck on June 15 for the first of three wins by 11 lengths in a blowout and has continued to be successful as she goes up in class.
That $8,900 event was way too easy for Three Illusions, so she seeked out more of a challenge two weeks later on June 29 and was impressive again for a $11,000 purse. In her most recent win, Three Illusions was a winner for a $12,200 purse. Overall, Three Illusions is 7 for 40 in her career and is currently in the best form of her career. This race is slightly more difficult, but the competition level should still be beatable for Three Illusions. Expect Three Illusions to get things done in the feature race at Mountaineer on Sunday night.