As we approach Christmas, horse racing continues across the US in the afternoon and evening hours. BetOnline has enough tracks available for betting on Wednesday whether you are interested in betting in the afternoon or under the lights at night. For the afternoon, we have three selections at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Gulfstream Park is the biggest track racing today, with a card worth $314,000 in prize money. Penn National Race Course and Mountaineer Park will cater to the evening crowd, with post time at Penn National scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST, and 7:00 p.m. EST at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia.
We’ll check out what Mountaineer Park has in the pipeline for us in New Cumberland. There are nine races on the card for $103,400 in prize money. We’ll handicap three races and see if we can find three winning horses. A winning day any way we can get it is fine with me, though. We need at least a couple of winners at Mountaineer Park and Gulfstream Park. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 23, 2020.
Post Time: 7:22 p.m. EST
Race 2 is our first stop at Mountaineer Park on Wednesday night. This event is a mile for a $10,000 purse on the dirt. Annmaria and Sure She’s Grand are expected to run close at the wire. Annmaria has three wins in eleven outings and is in good form right now. She has been on a roll with nine straight performances in the top-3.
Seven of those races were in the top-2, including three wins. In Annmaria’s last win, she beat Act Like a Lady by 6 ¾ lengths in an easy win for a $6,900 purse. That was much too easy and Annmaria’s didn’t belong in that class. Annmaria’s showed 3rd on December 18 for a $11,800 prize. A $10,000 race is just about where Annmaria should be, and I think she should be able to run well in this one.
Sure She’s Grand is 10 for 35 in her career and she’s in terrific form recently. The mare has been in the top-3 in eight straight performances, and is a winner in four races, including four in his last five outings. Sure She’s Grand is a back-to-back winner on November 1 for a win over Thirsty Gal by 15 ¾ lengths in a $7,500 race. In her next and latest race, Sure She’s Grand defeated Calendula by 3 ¼ lengths in a $10,000 race. She had to work a little harder at the $10,000 level, but was clearly the best. This is another winnable opportunity for Sure She’s Grand.
Post Time: 7:44 p.m. EST
Our next selection at Mountaineer Park is Race 3, a $7,100 event covering a mile on the dirt. Playful Union and Act Like a Lady are going to be tough runners in this race. Playful Union is 3 for 25 in her career and has been figuring it out recently, in a sense. She has finished 1st, 2nd, 5th in her past three, which is an improvement compared to what she was doing before that.
Playful Union finished 7th, 7th, 6th, 8th before getting on track with a win on November 10. She beat Becausehecandoit by 4 ½ lengths for a $6,900 purse. Playful Union came back to place 2nd behind Kissmeonemoretime in a $7,100 race by 2 ½ lengths. She finished 5th in her next outing for a $7,100 purse on December 6. That was disappointing, but if she can get back into form like the race before, Playful Union will run close.
Act Like a Lady is 3 for 8 in her career, with a win on October 20 and November 29. She beat Paola’s Team by 3 ¼ lengths for a $6,800 purse on October 20. After placing 2nd in her next outing Act Like a Lady got back into the winner’s circle a few weeks ago. She was a 8 ¼ length winner over Daddy’s Storm for a $6,900 prize. After finishing 5th in a $11,800 race on December 18, Act Like a Lady is back down a class she should feel more comfortable in. There’s a good chance for a winning run tonight.
Post Time: 8:50 p.m. EST
Race 6 is the co-feature race at Mountaineer Park. This event covers 6 furlongs for a $20,200 purse. Sudden Breeze and High Proof should be involved in the stretch in this race. Sudden Breeze is 3 for 6 in his career, finishing 3rd, 5th, 1st in his previous three entries. He beat The Better One by a half length in a $29,000 event after showing nice kick in the stretch. Sudden Breeze went from 7th at the top to 1st at the end of the stretch. This was after finishing 5th in a $52,794 race, so the drop in class helped nicely.
High Proof is 2 for 9 in his career with a win on November 20 for a $31,500 purse. Since then, High Proof has gone 4th, 7th, 3rd, 2nd in his career. He had a couple of recent productive showings on October 28 in a $39,500 event to show 3rd, and then came back to do one better to place 2nd behind Riverboat Gambler by 3 ¾ lengths in a $30,500 event at Churchill Downs. Transferring from Kentucky to West Virginia should do him a world of good. Easier foes await him, which should prompt a trip to the winner’s circle on Wednesday night.