We are off and running on Tuesday at the racecourse. We have a couple of tracks with picks today at two US facilities. TheSportsGeek has you covered in the afternoon and in the evening hours. Indiana Grand has some stakes racing in Shelbyville this afternoon. If you are looking for some afternoon racing, then you can check out our Indiana Grand page.
Mountaineer Park has another evening card today, which should see plenty of attention because of the lack of sports tonight. There’s MAC football if it’s your thing, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Then there is Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. Slim pickings, though Mountaineer Park has nine races which is enough events to satisfy if you’re a pony handicapper.
The card will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST in West Virginia tonight. The nine races come with a total of $101,300 in prize money available. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for November 17, 2020.
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Mountaineer Park gets going on Tuesday with a modest purse of $6,900. Ten horses are expected to participate in the mile and 70-yard contest tonight. Bigdaddy’sflyinghi and Brodytheoxman have to be of some interest in this race. Bigdaddy’sflyinghi is 2 for 14 in his career, with a win back in June at Canterbury Park and most recently in his last outing on November 3 at Mountaineer Park.
I was on Bigdaddy’sflyinghi back in June, which was the first win of his career. Since that win, Bigdaddy’sflyinghi finished in the top-3 in four out of seven races, with a win in his last entry. Bigdaddy’sflyinghi won that race by 2 ¼ lengths over Xavtrik for a $6,800 purse. He was the heavy favorite in that event, which was against a very beatable field. There wasn’t much competition for Bigdaddy’sflyinghi to compete with and he followed through against the weak field.
Brodytheoxman is 2 for 19 and has been in promising form recently. He finished 1st and 2nd in his last two races, with a win on October 21 over Stop Making Sense by 4 ¼ lengths in a $6,800 assignment. Brodytheoxman came just short in his next race, as he showed nice kick in the stretch, but was denied and had to settle for place money. He ultimately finished 2 lengths behind Chasing the Candy, but beat several of the foes he will see today at Mountaineer Park. This should be a winnable trip for him on Tuesday night.
Post Time: 7:44 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 carries a purse of $15,500 for 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt at Mountaineer Park on Tuesday night. This one is likely going to feature Robertos Ticket and Mosby’s Ranger in the stretch run. Robertos Ticket has been in good form after a slow start to his career. He finished 8th, 9th, 6th, 4th, 4th in his first five races.
However, Robertos Ticket was able to pick up some momentum recently by going 2nd and 3rd in his last two. Robertos Ticket got into the top-3 for the first time in his career on September 23 at Presque Isle. He placed behind Mammoth by ¾ lengths for the best effort we’ve seen out of him. That was encouraging for his connections, though at the $11,000 level, I’m sure they wanted a win.
In his next performance, Robertos Ticket showed 3rd in a $13,000 assignment on October 21. Back at Mountaineer Park for a $15,500 race on Tuesday night, he should be in contention versus this field. Mosby’s Ranger walks well down in class for the fifth race of his career tonight. He has finished 2nd, 7th, 5th, 5th so far. It was a really good opener for Mosby’s Ranger, as he placed 2nd behind Tauber by 2 ½ lengths in a $40,000 race.
In his latest race, Mosby’s Ranger finished 5th in a $36,000 event on October 13. He managed to beat six horses, though that wasn’t enough for top-3 money. In the easiest race of Mosby’s Ranger’s career, you have to believe that a big race is forecasted this evening. I will lock in with the No. 5 horse.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 is the feature race of the evening at Mountaineer Park. It comes with a $17,800 purse for 5 ½ furlongs of racing on the dirt. Spice It Up and Includere are worth paying attention to in Race 8. Spice It Up has been running well recently to go 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st after struggling for five straight races. She is a winner in two out of his previous three outings, and has a good chance of getting it done again on Tuesday.
Spice It Up beat Destiny’s Darling by ¾ lengths in a $17,800 event on August 17 in an impressive display. She took over the lead at the ¼ pole by 2 lengths and didn’t look back. Spice It Up had to hold late in the stretch, but she was able to fend off the field for the second win of her career. Her third win came in her most recent race on October 13 at Thistledown. Spice It Up was a 1 ¼ length winner in that $23,000 event over Champagne Bliss. Impressive win for Spice It Up.
Includere is a $100,000 veteran that has participated in 64 races. She is still running strong, and like Spice It Up, has two wins in her last three performances. Includere won on September 14 at Thistledown in a $15,000 event by 2 ¾ lengths. In his most recent race, Includere was a 3 ½ length winner in a $16,000 race after breaking sharply and winning it in wire-to-wire fashion. Includere has a solid shot at the win here, but I’m anticipating some good value for Spice It Up at post time. Spice It Up at 6/1 on the morning-line looks too good to pass up.