BetOnline has four racecourses for betting on Monday, with Delta Downs, Mountaineer Park, Parx, and Remington Park in action. If you are looking for Mahoning Valley and Zia Park, then MyBookie has what you need. You can get a free $25.00 horse racing bet at BetOnline, along with 7% cashback on your losing horses. Note that $25.00 is only good for horse racing, and not for a traditional sports bet. The stakes racing schedule is quiet until December 26. There are no stakes races taking place this week, but there will be several tracks with stakes events on Saturday. TheSportsGeek has Delta Downs covered with three horses in Louisiana.
Mountaineer Park has a total of nine races for $115,800 in prize money available. Check out our Delta Downs page for more horse racing picks on Monday. Delta Downs has an afternoon card for earlier in the day, while Mountaineer Park is a night card. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 21, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
We will get started with the first race at Mountaineer Park, with a 5 ½ furlong event for a $15,500 purse. Joe’s Heifer and Skinnersburg should be noted in Race 1. Joe’s Heifer is winless in one career race, and is looking to get into better form for his sophomore race. He is expected to run better as a second-time runner on Monday. Joe’s Heifer finished 7th in a $15,000 event after fading fast late in the 6-furlong event. This shorter distance should help Joe’s Heifer run a better race, and finish closer to the front.
Skinnersburg has finished in the top-3 in four straight performances. In his best performance, Skinnersburg placed 2nd behind Count Frost by 2 1.2 lengths in a $15,00 event on October 20. Since then, Skinnersburg has shown 3rd in back-to-back races, with his most recent entry on November 25. He dueled in the stretch and was on the losing end of that close finish. Skinnersburg finished 3 ¼ lengths for the win. For a $1,000 horse, Skinnersburg has been in good form. I’m going to support Skinnersburg to find the winner’s circle. He is going to be due to strike soon.
Post Time: 8:50 p.m. EST
Our next stop at Mountaineer Park is Race 6, which covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $13,200 purse. Saints Marching In and Forest Chatter appear to be major contenders for a win in Race 6. Forest Chatter is 13 for 41 in his career, with a decent run since August with results of 1st, 1st, 4th, 4th, 1st, 4th. In his most recent win, Forest Chatter beat Saints Marching In by 2 ½ lengths for a $14,200 purse on November 3. Note that Forest Chatter and Saint Marching In were priced the same at 4.70.
In Forest Chatter’s next performance, he regressed to 4th in a $16,500 event. Forest Chatter receives a swift drop in class after that race. Saints Marching In and Forest Chatter will meet again on Monday night. Saints Marching In has finished in the top-2 in six of his previous eight entries. He was in the top-3 in five of those outings. Note that Saints Marching In also won three of those races, including most recently on December 6.
Saints Marching In defeated Kitchi by 1 ¼ lengths after working clear in the stretch. This horse was purchased for $200,000 in 2018, so I’d say it’s been a disappointing career. In any case, Saints Marching In should benefit from getting the inside against Forest Chatter after starting from the outside in their meeting in November. I will side with the better value on Saints Marching In.
Post Time: 9:12 p.m. EST
One more selection for us at Mountaineer Park on Monday night. Race 7 covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $8,400 purse. Town Drunk and Air Force Jet are of interest to me in this race. Town Drunk, what a name by the way, is 2 for 27, which is not a good strike rate, but has been getting close. He has finished 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 9th, 2nd with three performances in the top-2 in three of his last five performances.
Town Drunk placed 2nd behind Stay Happy by 2 ½ lengths for a $20,500 purse. That was a close call for Town Drunk, and he is moving all the way down to a $8,400 race on Monday. That form would be enough for Town Drunk to find a win tonight. Preceding that outing, Town Drunk finished 9th for a $20,500 purse on October 29, so we’ll see which outing is a better representation of his current form.
Air Force Jet has been a stakes runner for the majority of his career. He’s gone 2 for 12, with most of his races overseas in the UK. Since coming to the US, Air Force Jet has finished 9th, 5th, 8th, 7th. In his most recent showing, Air Force Jet finished 7th on November 18 for a $20,500 purse.
He was great up to the ½ pole. Air Force Jet was leading by a half length, and weakened against tougher competition. This is the easiest race that Air Force Jet has participated in his 12-race career. Air Force Jet likely has a better chance of winning this than the 3/1 odds indicate. He’s likely going to be right there with Town Drunk in the stretch. I will give the edge to the horse with better value in Air Force Jet.