We have two more race tracks covered at TheSportsGeek today. Yesterday was a profitable day between Laurel Park and Los Alamitos Race Course. It could be a whole lot more profitable if Princess Noor didn’t pull up lame in the stretch. Victor Espinoza called the race off after he thought something was wrong with her.
Princess Noor was just beginning to pull away, and had a 2 length lead at the top of the stretch. That’s when Espinoza geared her down, and it was revealed that Princess Noor was dealing with tendon inflammation. Bad luck for Bob Baffert and owner Amr Zedan. It also wasn’t the most ideal situation for us, but that can happen sometimes.
Along with Mountaineer Park on Sunday night, we have three horses running at Laurel Park during the afternoon. Mountaineer Park has nine races on the schedule worth $94,400 on Sunday night. If you like night racing, then Mountaineer Park has you covered in West Virginia. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 6, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
We will get going on Sunday night with the first race of the card at Mountaineer Park. Race 1 is for a modest purse of $6,700 tonight. Queen Knowlege as an upset horse and Dixieland Traffic from the No. 1 post position are on my watchlist for the event. Queen Knowlege, yes that’s how it’s spelt with the “d”, is winless in five races, but in good form recently.
She has finished 2nd, 3rd, 2nd in her previous three outings Queen Knowlege placed 2nd behind Hoosier Princess by 6 ½ lengths in a September 28 event for $6,700. She showed 3rd in her next outing on October 11 in another $6,700 event, while getting back to place claims on November 23 just a few weeks ago. Queen Knowlege placed 2nd behind Waterloo Sunset, but managed to beat eight other runners as an underdog.
Dixieland Traffic is winless in three career races, but is getting closer and knocking on the door for a win. She showed 3rd on October 15, and then followed up to repeat in 2nd on October 27 and November 16. Dixieland Traffic was 2nd behind House Drunk by 1 ¾ lengths in a $12,000 event in October. She came back out on November 16 to place 2nd again, this time by 2 lengths in a $12,000 race. Down in class significantly, expect a bold effort by Dixieland Traffic for the win.
Post Time: 7:50 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
We will turn to Race 3 for our next selection at Mountaineer Park. This event comes with a $9,300 purse for 5 ½ furlongs of racing. Tiz Thirsty and My Alimony should have a strong say in this event in the stretch. Tiz Thirsty is winless in six events, but has the potential to strike today. In her best outing, she placed 2nd behind Five Pics Please by 15 ¾ lengths in a $15,500 event.
Since then, Tiz Thirsty has finished 5th, 3rd, 5th. In his most recent showing, Tiz Thirsty was 5th in a $20,000 event on November 23. Tiz Thirsty is taking a sizable step down in class and should run well in this one against weaker company. My Alimony is probably the most likely to contend and pass Tiz Thirsty on Sunday night. My Alimony has finished 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 5th in her career.
She is down in class after finishing 5th on November 11 at Churchill Downs. My Alimony couldn’t keep up for a $22,000 purse, but should find this much easier. In the last race that My Alimony had success in, he placed 2nd for a $14,000 purse on September 18. My Alimony will be competing in the easier race of her career on Sunday night. Anything less than a win for her in this spot would be a disappointment.
Post Time: 9:55 p.m. EST
Race 8 is a long event, which will take 2 miles to complete on the dirt. It comes with a $21,000 purse. World of Prospects and County Court should be bested suited for this distance. World of Prospects is 6 for 51 in his career, and hasn’t been a winner since August 11 at Fort Erie. In that win, World of Prospects beat Marriage Counselor by 1 ¼ lengths for a $15,343 purse. Since the win, World of Prospects has gone 8th, 4th, 2nd, 7th, 5th.
In his most recent performance, he finished 5th for a $20,000 purse. That was a 1 ¾ mile race. His win was from 1 mile. County Court is 5 for 30 in his career, and has placed twice in two of his previous four outings. He placed 2nd on November 14 in a $19,500 event behind Original Intent by 3 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs.
County Court showed some nice kick and got stronger as the race progressed, which was across 1 1/16 miles. More recently, County Court placed 2nd on November 14 by a head behind Half Trick. Again, there was good kick, but he failed to catch up. Several horses are likely going to weaken hard in a 2-mile race, but County Court should appreciate the extra distance. I will side with County Court to get this race done.