Mountaineer Park takes over for Charles Town on the nightly racing schedule in West Virginia for Sunday. Mountaineer Park and Charles Town never overlap with one another, but are routinely offered throughout the week, so it’s a win for West Virginia racing. We were one horse away from a clean sweep on Saturday. Uncut came up short in the final race of the day, though combined with Saratoga, we were still able to finish 5 for 6 to notch a profitable day at the racetrack. We have a few selections at Del Mar today along with three from Mountaineer Park.
With the Travers Stakes behind us now, all there is left on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is the Ellis Park Derby and Pegasus at Monmouth Park. There are no more races with 100 points awarded to the winner, so the door is closing fast on horses that want into Churchill Downs in September. You aren’t going to find any elite Grade 1 runners at Mountaineer Park today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have success. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for August 9, 2020.
Post Time: 7:44 p.m. EST
Distance: 7 Furlongs
We’re off and running at Mountaineer Park on Sunday night with the feature race. This event will take over 7 furlongs to complete for a $17,800 purse. Judah and Atlantic Sun are expected to get into a good battle in the stretch. Judah has a bit of stakes racing experience to his name, with appearances in two Black Type and two Listed stakes races.
His best effort was in the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup Stakes on August 4, 2018 to place 2nd. Otherwise, Judah has struggled at that level, with finishes of 10th, 8th, 7th. In his most recent three races, Judah finished 3rd, 8th, 2nd. Overall, he’s 4 for 22 in his career with his latest win on June 29, 2019.
Judah is winless in six straight outings, but showed promise in her most recent entry on June 7. He lost by a head at the wire in the $18,040 event. Judah entered that race with the second most money coming in on here and the results added up. However, Judah was a bit closer than most believed leading into post time. He completed 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 on a July 29 morning workout.
The horse that Judah lost to on June 7 was Atlantic Sun. The British bred Atlantic Sun has been a model of consistency. He has finished in the top-2 in five straight events, which includes three wins. Atlantic Sun placed 2nd following up his win against Judah. He came 1 ¾ lengths short of Heart in Hand in that race. There’s no reason why Atlantic Sun shouldn’t give another good run at a win here.
Post Time: 8:50 p.m. EST
Our next selection at Mountaineer Park takes us to Race 6. There are seven horses scheduled to run in this 5-furlong event on the dirt. Brenda’s G L P and Dust to Diamonds are expected to be in contention in Race 6. Brenda’s G L P is 2 for 14 in her career and she was in good form to go 2nd, 2nd, 1st.
However, following a layoff, Brenda’s G L P wasn’t in similar form. She won on August 8, 2019 over Sleighbelle by 1 ¾ lengths for a $15,000 purse. Upon her return on June 29, Brenda’s G L P finished 8th in a $10,400 event. Brenda’s G L P was able to follow up in better form for 4th on July 12 in a $11,400 race.
She is down in class today after those disappointing starts. That should help get her back on track on Sunday. Dust to Diamonds has been a consistent producer. She has finished in the top-3 in 9 of her previous 10 outings. Dust to Diamonds most recently won on May 23 over Witchy Windsor by 5 ½ lengths in a $11,000 race.
Since then, Dust to Diamonds has finished 3rd in a $12,000 race and 2nd for $12,000. Despite running as a competitive horse in a higher class, she is moving down today for a $6,900 event. That bodes well for her chances of getting to the winner’s circle on Sunday. I’m on Dust to Diamonds to impress against this field.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
Race 8 is the second biggest purse of the day at Mountaineer Park. There will be $14,100 of prize money available in Race 8. Honor Life and Clickjab should be willing participants in the stretch. Honor Life has had success in his career with 7 wins in 21 attempts. He’s finished in the top-3 in 8 of his previous 9 races, including a win on July 21 in his latest outing. Honor Life beat Spectacular Joe by 2 ¼ lengths to take the top prize out of a $17,800 purse.
Prior to that performance, Honor Life placed 2nd behind U S Marshal by a length on June 29 in a $12,400 race. He tried to see how far he could get in a $23,500 event on March 4, though that didn’t go too well. Honor Life finished 8th and well back of the leader in that outing. He was bumped out early and was no threat, ultimately crossing the wire in last. In any case, expect Honor Life to be a competitor for a $14,100 purse. This is just around the spot where Honor Life is the most comfortable.
Clickjab is 12 for 37 in his career with wins in 4 of his previous 6 entries. He’s a winner in 6 of 9 outings, along with finishing in the top-3 in 14 of his previous 14 outings, 13 of which were in the top-2. It’s highly unlikely that Clickjab is not going to be in the mix in the stretch. Clickjab is coming off a 2 ¼ length win over Hero of Haven on July 22. There’s no doubt that Clickjab is going to be a top contender in Race 8. He should have an extra step or two on Honor Life at the wire.