Mountaineer Park is back on Monday night in West Virginia. There are four race tracks open for wagering at BetOnline on Monday. If you are looking for afternoon picks, we have you covered at Remington Park in Oklahoma. And if you are looking for nightly picks, we’re going to get to Mountaineer Park below. Despite this racecourse not offering the biggest races out there in the country, Mountaineer Park has been a good track to me at least.
The big news from the weekend was the injury to Princess Noor in the Starlet Stakes (Gr. 1) at Los Alamitos Race Course. Going into the stretch with the lead, Victor Espinoza pulled her up and called it quits after he felt something wasn’t right. It fortunately wasn’t a fracture, but tendon inflammation can still be serious. It could be awhile before we see that talented $1,375,000 filly on the track again.
There have been a lot of winning tickets for me at Mountaineer Park in 2020. That always hasn’t been the case, it’s impossible to win every day, but overall it’s been fairly successful in West Virginia. Mountaineer Park has a monopoly on night racing tonight. They’re the only track offering racing under the lights on Monday. Along with Monday Night Football, there are a handful of college basketball games on the schedule. We will hope to find a few winners at Mountaineer Park on Monday night. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for December 7, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
The first race of the night begins at 7:00 p.m. EST at Mountaineer Park. Race 1 comes with a $6,900 purse for 6 furlongs of racing. Big Saver and Adios Judith are going to likely run close in the stretch for the win. Big Saver is 4 for 40 in his career, and is looking for his first win since 2017. Since then, Big Saver has lost 31 straight races. Note that Big Saver went seven straight races from July 15, 2019 to August 31, 2020 placing 2nd.
That must be frustrating getting that close in seven events and failing to get a win. Big Saver finished 4th, 7th, 4th, 3rd after the end of that streak. In his most recent outing, Big Saver showed 3rd in a $6,900 event on November 18. He had a bid along the rail, but wasn’t able to keep up with Alassal and Masquerade Party, who had a close finish at the wire. For a $40,000 horse, purchased in 2014, and then sold for $25,000 a year later, Big Saver has not raced up to expectations.
Adios Judith is 2 for 6 in his career and had a couple of bold runs to win on September 10 and September 24. He beat Lafleur by 10 lengths in a $10,000 event as a heavy favorite, and then followed up to defeat Hope Vision by 4 ½ lengths in a $10,500 race. His next attempt failed, finishing 5th, but Adios Judith gets a big opportunity on Monday in an event all the way down the class scale. Anything less but a win here would be a disappointment.
Post Time: 7:50 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 has some new faces on the track at Mountaineer Park. There are three horses making their debut in this 5 ½ furlong event worth $9,300. Mind Your Own and Kiltoom are interesting newcomers who could strike out of the gate as rookies. Mind Your Own enters in decent form after completing a 3-furlong workout.
She was clocked at 37.10 seconds, and should present a bold bid as a first-time runner. For a $1,300 purchase, I’m expecting Mind Your Own to go above expectations in her career. It might take her a race or two to get comfortable, though this isn’t the most difficult assignment.
Kiltoom is fortunate to get a fortunate starting position over Mind You Own. She runs out of the gate from the No. 2 post position, while Mind Your Own is going to be coming from the outside. Kiltoom has been working hard in the morning and might have something to show for it on Monday night. He’s completed several workouts in preparation for his debut.
Kiltoom completed 4 furlongs in 49.40, 51, and 48.20 seconds. He also registered a time of 1:02.40 at 5 furlongs on November 17. A lot is expected out of Kiltoom in this class. I will take a gamble on Kiltoom to get to the winner’s circle in his debut on Monday.
Post Time: 8:40 p.m. EST
Race 5 is our final stop on Monday evening at Mountaineer Park. This event is for a $20,200 purse on the dirt. I’m looking at Coach Machen and El a Vader as potential winners in the race. Coach Machen is 2 for 9 in her career, with her most recent win on September 2 in a $17,800 event. Since then, Coach Machen has finished 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 7th. In her most recent outing, Coach Machen was 7th in a $20,200 event. Prior to that, she placed 2nd in a $20,200 race, so she is capable of much more than when we saw on November 11.
El a Vader is 2 for 11 in her career, and should provide a good showing on Monday night. She has finished 6th, 3rd, 4th, 2nd in 2020. After wrapping up 2019 with a win on November 26, 2019, El a Vader hasn’t been able to get back to the promised land in the winner’s circle. In that victory, she defeated Kara Lot by 3 lengths in a $17,800 race.
In her most recent race, El a Vader placed 2nd behind Untapped Energy by ¾ lengths in a $20,200 event. She came up hard on the rail late, but the effort wasn’t enough to win at the wire. Coach Machen was non-existent for 7th, but like I said, capable of much better. In any case, this looks like a winnable event for El a Vader.