We’re back in West Virginia on Monday night for some racing under the lights at Mountaineer Park. I swept the card on Saturday night at Mountaineer, but could have been a better result on Sunday. We found one winning horse, though a couple of losers prevented yet another winning night in West Virginia. It was a nice run between Charles Town and Mountaineer Park with consecutive winning days. It’s next to impossible to win every day, though, so we move on looking for a better outing on Monday night in West Virginia. There aren’t many racecourses racing today, with only four featured at BetOnline.
Delta Downs in Louisiana is one of the four tracks with a card on Monday. We have you covered at Delta Downs with three horses running for us. At Mountaineer Park, there are nine races on the agenda with a modest prize of $99,700 available in New Cumberland on Monday night. We’ll attack the backend of the racecard with three horses. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 14, 2020.
Post Time: 9:12 p.m. EST
Race 7 is a late night race with post time scheduled for after 9:00 p.m. EST. The event covers 6 furlongs for a $15,500 purse. He’s Reckless and Charcoal are expected to run bold races on Monday night. He’s Reckless is fresh off the best performance of his career on December 1.
After finishing 5th, 6th, 3rd, 7th, 8th, He’s Reckless was able to place 2nd for the first time in his career. He placed 2nd behind Illuminati by 5 lengths for a $15,500 purse. That was a positive showing after struggling to get his career on track. The only problem I have with He’s Reckless is that he didn’t take a class drop to get to 2nd.
In other words, was that positive showing on December 1 just an outlier or a sign of things to come? We will have some answers today, but he brings the same form to the part, then He’s Reckless can’t be ruled out of going to the winner’s circle.
Charcoal has placed 2nd once in his career as well. He finished 2nd on October 26 behind Hug the Munny by a half length on the turf. That was a $16,000 assignment, which looked like a win in the early stages of that event. Charcoal was 1st from the gate to the ¾ pole before losing a duel in the stretch.
He came back out on November 17 at Indiana Grand and slipped to 5th after giving way and falling back again, this time at the ¾ pole again at a mile and 70 yards. A drop in distance to 6 furlongs should help a lot for Charcoal. He appears to be better suited for this distance.
Post Time: 2:16 p.m. CST
Race 8 is our next stop at Mountaineer Park on Monday night. Seven horses are expected to participate. Ultra Diva and Miss Wave are expected to run a strong race in the stretch. We could have a duel on our hands between the two horses. Ultra Diva is 1 for 5 and in terrific form at the moment. After she finished 5th as a first-time runner, she placed 2nd in three straight performances, and then won her most recent entry on December 2. Ultra Diva beat Two Gold Spots by 4 ½ lengths for a $15,500 purse.
Miss Wave has been doing the same as a consistent runner. She has finished in the top-2 in six of eight races in her career. Miss Wave found the winner’s circle on October 16 with a $24,000 event, and then returned to show 3rd on December 2 in her most recent performance. It was only one of two races that Miss Wave hasn’t finished in the top-2 in. This was for a $28,000 purse, so Miss Wave moves down quite significantly in class for Monday. Expect a productive appearance by Miss Wave on Monday. She will have to battle with Ultra Diva, but a win is likely for her.
Post Time: 9:56 p.m. EST
The last race at Mountaineer Park for the night is a modest $6,900 mile long event. Punahele and Estrela Cadente are the likeliest to have a strong run at the top prize here. Punahele has been showing some nice consistency recently and could be ready to strike. She has shown nice improvement to go from 7th to 3rd, 3rd, 2nd recently.
In her most recent performance, Punahele placed 2nd behind Prefer Diamonds by 3 ¼ lengths for a $6,900 purse. Overall, she is 5 for 32 in her career and with the same effort should come close to a win. The odds look right on Punahele at 8/1, so she might be worth a shot. Estrela Candete should prove to be a tough opponent for Punahele and the rest of the field.
She is 5 for 30 in her career and has finished in the top-3 in four of her previous five entries. Estrela Candente placed 2nd behind Trueamericanbeauty by a head in her most recent showing. That was close, and would have easily been enough for a win against this competition. The same effort would have probably resulted in a 3 length win or so here. I will side with Estrela Candente to get this assignment done on Monday.