The new week begins with four racecourses operating in the US. There isn’t a whole lot of horse racing action out there, but if you want to bet on the ponies all afternoon and evening, that’s an option. Mountaineer Park will close out the day on Monday night. There are three cards beginning earlier in the day at Parx, Remington Park, and Mahoning Valley. Mountaineer, Parx, and Remington are all available for wagering at BetOnline today. We have you covered in Philadelphia at Parx with a few picks to get the day started. Then later on in the evening, we’ll be at Mountaineer Park for what hopefully results in a winning racecard.
Mountaineer Park has nine races on the card for $102,800 in prize money. The West Virginia based racecourse doesn’t have a turf, so every event will be on the dirt this evening. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for November 23, 2020.
Post Time: 7:44 p.m. EST
Our first selection at Mountaineer Park on Monday evening is Race 3, which covers a mile on the dirt for a modest purse of $6,900. Sierrita and Estrela Cadente should be in strong contention for the top prize in this event. Sierrita has had it tough recently, but receives an easier challenge on Monday night at Mountaineer Park. She receives a transfer following finishing 6th on October 6 at Belterra Park.
Her stay at Belterra Park was quick, with her previous six races at Turf Paradise and Canterbury Park. Sierrita hasn’t finished in the top-3 since February 12 at Turf Paradise, four races ago. That was the first time since August 31, 2019 that Sierrita was a top-3 runner, so she has been picking spots infrequently to get into the money.
Sieritta most recently won on December 8, 2018 at Turf Paradise. She has gone winless in 13 straight events. In her most recent outing, Sieritta finished 6th in a $7,500 event. Her company in Race 3 on Monday isn’t as tough as she competed against in that race. Expect her to run a closer race in the stretch here.
Estrela Cadente is 5 for 28 in her career and has been in good form recently. She’s placed 2nd in two of her previous three performances on September 15 and November 1. In the September event, Estrela Cadente placed 2nd behind Golden Treasury by 6 ½ lengths for a $10,000 purse. In her latest race, Estrela Cadente placed 2nd behind Princess Tiznow by 1 ¼ lengths for a $7,300 purse. A bit down in class for Monday, expect Estrela Cadente to get the win.
Post Time: 8:28 p.m. EST
Our next stop at Mountaineer Park is for Race 5, which is another modest event for a purse of $6,700. For this race, I hold Misterkaplan and Waterloo Sunset in the highest esteem. Misterkaplan is catching some pretty nice odds on the morning-line at 8/1. I think she has a better chance of winning than the odds indicate. Misterkaplan is winless in 17 career races, but has been rising up to the occasion recently.
She has finished 2nd and 3rd in her previous two entries. Misterkaplan placed 2nd on October 14 behind Rosy May by 4 ½ lengths in a $6,700 event. In her next performance, Misterkaplan followed up to show 3rd in another $6,700 event. Misterkaplan stays in the same class for today, so another close run is anticipated. Waterloo Sunset is winless in her career as well.
For Waterloo Sunset, she has finished 4th, 9th, 3rd, 4th in her previous four outings. In her best effort out of that group, she showed 3rd on October 19 in a $10,000 assignment. Waterloo Sunset returned on November 2 at Indiana Grand to finish 4th in another $10,000 race. Sliding down in class significantly, Waterloo Sunset will be pressed into duty against a much more beatable field. With that in mind, I’m going to throw my support behind Waterloo Sunset for the win.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
Distance:1 ¾ miles
We are going to wrap up the night at Mountaineer Park with Race 8. It will take a mile and ¾ miles to complete. Seven horses are scheduled to participate, with Darren’s Fortune and Double the Laugh running with a potential for a duel down the stretch. Darren’s Fortune has gone to the winner’s circle often since the summer. He’s gone 1st, 4th, 1st, 3rd, 1st in his previous five races.
If that trend continues on Monday, then it would be a loss, and then a win in his next outing. We shall see what happens, though. In his most recent outing, he beat Tuf Intensity in a massive blowout by 23 ¾ lengths in a $19,000 event. Darren’s Fortune was a massive favorite in that race and delivered.
You didn’t get much in return for betting on Darren’s Fortune, but it was close to a lock after the gates opened and he looked much better than the field right away. Prior to that race, Darren’s Fortune showed 3rd on September 18 at Churchill Downs in a $30,000 event. The step down in class helped considerably.
This was after Darren’s Fortune was a ¾ length winner in a $20,400 race at Prairie Meadows on September 18. He has a winnable race on his plate on Monday night at Mountaineer Park, though it won’t be quite as easy. Double the Laugh will step up to challenge Darren’s Fortune. He is on a heater with three straight wins for a hat-trick.
In his most recent win, Double the Laugh beat Jerrid by 1 length for a $12,200 purse on October 8. Before that performance, he defeated Magna Man by 3 ¼ lengths for a $21,500 purse. And to get the winning streak started, Double the Laugh beat My Cowboy by a length in a $15,000 event. While we should expect another bold bid, I’m going to side with Darren’s Fortune to edge out Double the Laugh for a win. His last performance a month ago was incredibly impressive.