We are back in West Virginia on Sunday evening following a sweep at Charles Town last night. It was a perfect three for three day, with three horses and three winners. Between Mountaineer Park and Charles Town, there have been a lot of winning horses discovered in West Virginia under the lights. The big winner of the past few days was at Penn National Race Course on Friday, though. We had three multi-bet wins at Penn National between two Daily Doubles and a Pick 3. The wins equated to a payout of +400, +490, and +740. It dwarfs in comparison to the Pick 5 I had Churchill Downs earlier in the year, but still a tidy profit at Penn National on Friday.
Mountaineer Park has nine races on the card for a total of $113,100 in prize money. We will handicap three races in search of three more winners in West Virginia on Sunday evening. If you haven’t used your free $25.00 bet at BetOnline yet, feel free to take advantage by joining above. You will also be eligible for 7% cashback on horse losses. If you are searching for even more horse racing pick, be sure to check out our Aqueduct Racetrack for an afternoon card. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 13, 2020.
Post Time: 7:44 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 will be our starting point on Sunday night at Charles Town. Creasy and Swingabigstick should have a strong showing on Sunday night. Creasy is winless in seven races, but could find Race 3 on Sunday night more to his liking. The young colt struggled to generate any success at Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, or Turfway Park, so it’s off to Mountaineer Park to find easier opponents.
He’s finished 7th, 6th, 7th, 8th in his previous four performances. The best he has done in his career is showing 3rd on March 7 and September 2. In his most recent performance, Creasy was 8th for a $28,500 purse on November 27 at Churchill Downs. Creasy was a no show in that race, finishing last, so a drop in class was much needed for this Kentucky bred colt. He will find that at Mountaineer Park. Expect a much better finishing position for Creasy in this event.
Swingabigstick is dropping in class on Sunday as well. Swingabigstick finished 7th on December 2 at Turfway Park in a $16,000 event. It’s not the biggest drop in class monetary wise, but he will certainly find easier challengers at Mountaineer Park. He finished in the top-3 in seven straight races to open his career before finishing 7th. Expect Swingabigstick to bounce back against a beatable field on Sunday night.
Post Time: 8:50 p.m. EST
Race 6 carries a purse of $17,800 for 6 furlongs of racing in a co-feature event at Mountaineer Park. This looks like a race between Jackzilla and Unbridledselection. Jackzilla is 1 for 16 in his career, which doesn’t sound great, but I like what we saw from Jackzilla in his most recent showing. He placed 2nd behind J J Wedgit Man by 3 lengths. It was the first time that Jackzilla placed 2nd in a race since August 26, 2019 so it was a long time coming. If he runs a similar race as he did in his most recent showing, then a win should be within his sights.
Unbridledselection should be a tough horse to beat, though. Unbridledselection is 1 for 14 in his career, and has been in terrific form since the spring. Note that Unbidledselection has finished in the top-3 in 9 out of 10 events. He’s finished in the top-3 in five straight, including a win on October 20 for a $15,500 purse. He defeated Ultra Diva by a nose in that performance. Unbridledselection returned to finish 2nd in a $17,800 event and 3rd in another $17,800 outing. He’s in the same class, but the competition looks a bit easier on Sunday night. A win should be attainable for Unbridledselection.
Post Time: 9:12 p.m. EST
Race 7 is our final selection at Mountaineer Park for the evening. Scaterra and Scat’s Choice appear like good choices in the co-feature event. This event covers 6 furlongs for a $17,800 purse on Sunday night under the lights. Scaterra gets the inside rail and might be able to do something with the favorable post position. Scaterra has finished 1st, 6th, 4th in her career and has a stakes race on her resume. After winning as a first-time runner on July 25 in a $27,000 event by 7 lengths, she tried a Grade 2 event out in the $150,00 Sorrento Stakes.
That didn’t go well, but was good experience nonetheless. Scaterra finished dead last and 9 ¾ lengths off the horse that finished 5th. Clearly it was much too early to be entering Scaterra into a Grade 2 race. Following that performance, Scaterra slid down to a $17,800 event on September 28 and finished 4th. Better, but still lacked the form we saw as a rookie.
Scat’s Choice is 1 for 7 in her career and ran in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes Gr. 2 as well. She did better in that one, with Scat’s Choice finishing 4th, well ahead of Scaterra. Following that outing, Scat’s Choice finished 6th, 2nd, 2nd. She placed 2nd in back-to-back performances on September 29 and November 1.
In the September race, Scat’s Choice placed 2nd behind Trip to Seoul by 1 ½ lengths for a pretty good effort. She returned in November to place 2nd again, this time by 1 ¼ lengths in another $17,800 event. With Scaterra likely the biggest challenger for her in this race, I’m high on Scat’s Choice getting to the winner’s circle.