We have more horse racing picks on Tuesday in West Virginia. Mountaineer Park has another card tonight, as they take their usual post under the lights. Between Charles Town and Mountaineer Park, the state of West Virginia has the night racing locked down in the east. It’s very easy to understand why they run at night.
They don’t want to contend with some of the bigger cards elsewhere during the afternoon, and it’s more of a convenient time for handicappers to bet. Racing early in the week certainly helps Mountaineer Park out as well. I’ve been in the green at Charles Town and Mountaineer Park in 2020, so I can’t complain about what’s happened there this year. It could have been a better result on Monday night, but that’s generally been the exception.
Mountaineer Park has nine races on the card worth a total of $98,900 on Tuesday night. Let’s see if we can do any damage with three horses today. TheSportsGeek also has Delta Downs covered in the afternoon. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 15, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 1 will get us going at Mountaineer Park on Tuesday night in West Virginia. This race is for a $6,900 purse covering 5 ½ furlongs. Wallet and Auger are on my shortlist for Race 1. Wallet is getting longer odds at 8/1 than I would have anticipated. With that in mind, there could be some value to be had on Wallet at post time. Wallet is 2 for 17 in his career and has finished 3rd, 2nd, 4th in his previous three performances.
He showed 3rd on October 21 in a $6,900 event, and then came back to place 2nd behind Panama Ed by ¾ lengths. Not a bad effort, and a similar try would put Wallet close in this race as well. However, Wallet did regress on November 29 to finish 4th in his most recent performance on November 29. In any case, at these odds, Wallet is worthy of some consideration.
Auger is 2 for 12 in his career, and has been in good form recently to finish 1st, 7th, 1st with two wins in his previous three entries. Auger was a winner on October 19 over Bondaro by 8 ¼ lengths in a blowout for a $6,700 purse. He took charge and easily the best horse in that race. Auger came back to struggle after bobbling early and never recovering on November 8.
He finished 7th in that race, but without the bobble, could have won easily. He returned to the racetrack on December 1 to beat Andres Roman by 2 ¼ lengths for a $6,800 purse. That would be enough for another win tonight. I will side with the No. 5 horse to produce a winning trip to the winner’s circle on Tuesday evening.
Post Time: 8:06 p.m. EST
Race 4 is our next stop at Mountaineer Park on Tuesday night. K’s Machen Em and Can U Handle This are likely going to be in the mix for the top prize tonight. K’s Machen Em is 5 for 12 in her career and in good form recently. She has finished in the top-3 in four of her previous five starts, which includes three in the top-2 and two wins.
In her most recent win, K’s Machen Em beat Eowyn by 3 lengths for a $6,800 purse. K’s Machen Em returned on November 18 in her most recent appearance to place 2nd behind Wild Looker by 4 ¼ lengths in a $6,900 event. I wonder if K’s Machen Em can steal this one from the outside slightly up in class. She should be close, but may be rejected in the stretch.
Can U Handle This has finished in the top-2 in four of her previous four entries. In her previous three outings, Can U Handle This has placed 2nd in all performances. In her last win, Can U Handle This beat Smarty PI by 1 ¾ lengths for a $15,400 prize on July 1. In her last showing, she finished behind Elegant Rose by 1 ½ lengths for a $24,300 purse. A drop down to the $7,100 level should benefit Can U Handle This nicely.
Post Time: 9:12 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
One more selection for us at Mountaineer Park on Tuesday night. Race 7 features 5 ½ furlongs of racing for a $10,000 purse. D’money Honey and Springmeier are expected to run clean races in this outing. D’money Honey is 11 for 40 in his career and in good form of late. Look for him to put a charge into this race from the outside.
He has finished in the top-2 in six of his previous seven entries, with a win in July and most recently on October 27 in his last outing on October 27. D’money Honey beat Off the Mark by 1 ½ lengths for a $10,500 purse in that race. He without a doubt has a chance to get to the winner’s circle on Tuesday night. Springmeier will likely provide the most resistance.
He has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st in his previous five entries and is feeling good right now. Springmeier won back-to-back events on August 21 and September 15 in to $7,500 events by 3 ½ lengths and ¾ lengths. In his most recent showing, Springmeier beat Paxos by 4 lengths in a $10,000 race to show that he can win at this level. A win should be within reach for Springmeier in this field.