We are off and running at Indiana Grand and Mountaineer Park on Tuesday. It’s refreshing to finally see a fairly big card for a card early in the week. There are eight racecourses operating between the afternoon and evening hours. If you are going to miss out on the afternoon racing, then there are options at night under the lights.
Mountaineer Park has an evening card in West Virginia. Between Mountaineer Park and Charles Town, West Virginia has the night racing timeslot down pat. Especially in the summer, they have somewhat of a duopoly on the evening cards. It’s great for people that are working or busy during the afternoon and can’t watch your horses.
It was a pleasant day at Finger Lakes Racetrack, actually a perfect day with three horses and three winners. We don’t have any Fingers Lakes picks on Tuesday, but we are at Indiana Grand and Mountaineer Park. Mountaineer Park has eight races worth $108,200 on the dirt tonight. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for May 4, 2021.
Post Time: 7:25 p.m. EST
Our first selection on Tuesday night is a 5-furlong race for a $10,300 purse. I’m shortlisting Adulting and Galileta as potential winners. Adulting is a one-time winner in 14 attempts, finishing outside of the top-3 in nine straight performances before showing 3rd on April 1.
She showed 3rd in a $10,000 event, and then did a spot better to place 2nd behind Classy Laurieann by a half length in a $6,800 event on April 25 in her debut at Mountaineer Park. The drop in class to a $6,800 event helped. Adulting is moving back up in class, so we’ll see if she can compete and win at this level now. She was close in that $10,000 race.
Galileta is 1 for 5 in her career with a win August 1 for a $26,000 purse. The mare was clear by the ⅜ pole by 1 ½ lengths, and then had a clear advantage going into the stretch with a 5 length win. Galileta geared down and ultimately settled for a 4 length victory.
Her next two performances weren’t as successful, with Galileta going 4th in a $31,000 event and 8th in a $31,000 race. Down to $10,300 look for Galileta to take advantage of this much easier field. Expect Galileta to pull away in the stretch at this level. Anything but a comfortable win would a disappointment for her connections.
Post Time: 7:50 p.m. EST
Race 3 is a $10,000 event covering 7 furlongs on Tuesday night. We should be keeping an eye on the progress of Artavia and Catauga County in this event. Artavia is 8 for 50 in his career, going 1st, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 10th in his previous five attempts. He won back-to-back events on December 28 for a $9,300 and $10,500 purse.
However, Artavia has been regressing since then, but his connections are hoping his last appearance was an outlier. Artavia struggled to keep up and finished 10th in a $15,000 assignment on April 17. That was much too tough, so Artavia is down in class for a $10,000 race on Tuesday. It is a smart move if the intention is to get into the winner’s circle.
Catauga County is 4 for 27 in his career. He has finished 1st, 6th, 3rd, 2nd in his previous four races. Four outings ago, Catauga County won a $11,400 event by a nose over Thorpe d’Oro. Catauga County most recently placed 2nd on October 6 in a $11,400 race. That was a close 1 ¼ loss as a longshot on Tuesday night. This looks like great value on Catauga County to win this evening.
Post Time: 8:15 p.m. EST
In our final selection at Mountaineer Park, we’ll handicap a $6,700 6-furlong event. Broadway Joe and Brananx should be considered to win here. Brananx is winless in eight attempts in his career, with a 5th place showing in his most recent assignment on April 14.
He placed 2nd behind English Honor by 6 ¾ lengths on April 14 in a $11,000 race. That was incredibly encouraging, and put Brananx in good standing for an appearance in a $6,700 event, but completely bombed that event to finish 5th. If that same form is present, don’t expect Brananx to win this one. However, the effort two races back showed Brananx at his best.
Broadway Joe is winless in 14 attempts, with finishes of 4th, 2nd, 4th, 5th in his previous four outings. He placed 2nd behind Candy Coma by 5 ½ lengths in a $10,000 event on March 3, but tailed off in his last two performances to go 4th and 4th.
In the first of those two, Broadway Joe finished 4th for a $10,000 prize and 5th in a $9,000 performance. This race represents a drop in class for Broadway Joe. If he can’t keep up against this beatable field, then that’s going to be a big downer. That said, I think Broadway Joe has what it takes to cash in with the top prize.