Back-to-back winning days at Mountaineer Park on Sunday and Monday night. We were close to sweeping last night, but came a spot short with Skydigger Andy in our final selection. It was quite the start with Deep Space, though. Deep Space won on an absolute blowout by 18 ½ lengths. He was clear of the field early and kept building.
Despite the big win, Deep Space was being urged in the stretch to complete the massive win. Playland followed up for us in Race 4 for a relatively easy win as well. Skydigger Andy prevented us from getting the third win for a perfect night at Mountaineer, though. He fell by 2 lengths behind Bibbo who was on our shortlist at least. We will gladly take another 2 for 3 night at Mountaineer, though.
I have had a lot of success at Mountaineer Park in this meet, so there isn’t any reason not to look at the card again in West Virginia. There are nine races on the schedule with a total of $82,600 available. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for August 4, 2020.
Post Time: 7:22 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 2 will get us started at Mountaineer on Tuesday night. This race will act as the feature event of the night at Mountaineer for a $15,000 purse. It’s a modest night purse wise at Mountaineer Park. Not Quite Ready and Plug and Play should be in the mix.
Not Quite Ready draws a favorable starting position, but at a mile and 70 yards, that advantage shouldn’t be much of an impact. In any case, Not Quite Ready should run well in the fifth race of his career. He’s gone 5th, 7th, 3rd, 6th so far, which have all been maiden events. He went on a lengthy layoff after running on December 16, 2018 at Gulfstream Park.
Not Quite Ready finished 3rd in that race, and didn’t return until June 21 at Mountaineer Park. He came back to a disappointing performance to finish 6th in a $14,100 event. His career has really been a major disappointment given his $150,000 price tag in 2016. Not Quite Ready hasn’t looked ready at all, and his originally owners gave up and sold him for $15,000 this past winter.
That said, this isn’t the most difficult field to contend with. Not Quiet Ready should have a decent enough shot at getting into contention. Keep in mind that he’s only run five races, so there could be time for him to get into form and live up to his original expectations. It took Plug and Play a minute to get his career in good order, but he’s heading in the right direction now.
Plug and Play finished 4th, 7th, 6th, 6th, 6th before getting things together and going 3rd, 3rd, 2nd in his previous three outings. Plug and Play placed 2nd in his most recent performance on July 20 in a $15,500 event. He showed great kick in the stretch to go from 6th at the top of the stretch to 2nd at the wire. This isn’t the hardest field to contend with, and that much should be evident in Race 2 on Tuesday evening at Mountaineer. I’m on Plug and Play to deliver a bold bid.
Post Time: 8:50 p.m. EST
After the feature race of $15,500, there are several small purses on Tuesday night. Race 6 has $6,800 up for grabs in a 5-furlong event. White Russian and Bourbon Moment should be the strongest horses in this race. One of those is likely winning the top prize. White Russian has finished 1st, 6th, 4th, 5th, 7th in his career. He hasn’t won since February at Laurel Park for a $24,772 purse.
However, whatever form was present then, hasn’t been around recently. He has struggled and been sliding down in class following that win. In his most recent performance, White Russian finished 7th in a $9,500 race on June 19, which was a huge disappointment for this horse. It might be time to put White Rusian on a layoff if he fails to perform in this race. That said, I think he’s going to step up and at least get close to the wire in the final stages of this race.
Bourbon Moment is earlier into his career with only three races on his resume. He already has a win to his name, with a victory on June 15 in his Mountaineer debut. Bourbon Moment downed Pointimpressionist by 6 ¾ lengths in an easy win. It was a wire-to-wire win for Bourbon Moment, with no questions about who the best horse was throughout that race. As a first-time runner, Bourbon finished 2nd, so both of those efforts were a nice way to open his career. His third race did not go too well, though.
Bourbon Moment finished 8th on July 15 in a higher class for a $10,500 purse. That wasn’t a good performance for the $3,000 Bourbon Moment, but he’s back at a winnable level on Tuesday. That should provide a lift for Bourbon Moment on paper today. A win should be within reach against some weak opponents.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
One more pick for the night at Mountaineer Park. Race 8 has a $7,100 purse on offer for seven horses. First Talent and Good Morning Jack are going to be tough participants in Race 8. First Talent is 3 for 15 in his career with a stakes race in his portfolio. That was the Edward P. Evans Stakes (Black Type) on August 10, 2019, where First Talent finished 7th.
Since then it’s been up and down for First Talent, with finishes of 7th, 7th, 8th, 1st, 3rd, 4th. He won three races ago on June 21 by 5 ½ lengths in a $6,300 race. However, First Talent regressed after moving up to $7,300 on July 5 to finish 3rd as the favorite. It was the same on July 22, with First Talent finishing 4th, which included finishing behind Good Morning Jack by more than 6 lengths.
Good Morning Jack looked good in July to place 2nd twice. On July 12, Good Morning Jack lost by 3 lengths behind Silent Tiger, and then a half length behind Yes Darlin. He had the lead at the top of the stretch in that July 12 outing and just couldn’t hold on. Good Morning Jack could have easily won the next race as well. If he shows up in the same form on Tuesday night, then a win should be on a plate for Good Morning Jack.