We have some more night racing in West Virginia on Monday night. There may not be a lot of action on the racecourse on Monday, with only a handful of racing available for wagering. However, if you want to get on the ponies all afternoon and evening, the option is there thanks to Mountaineer Park. Mountaineer Park will start racing at 7:00 p.m. EST, which is customary for the two West Virginia tracks, Mountaineer and Charles Town. They just about have a duopoly on night time racing in the east. We are also covering Parx in Philadelphia on Monday if you are interested in some afternoon horse racing picks.
Mountaineer Park has nine races on the card worth $80,000. Not much money is on the line tonight, but hopefully we can do something with it and turn it into a profit for us. It wasn’t a perfect effort over the weekend, though a good day on Breeders’ Cup Classic day on Saturday. Gamine was the big winner for us in the Filly and Mare Sprint. She broke a track record for Bob Baffert, and then Authentic won shortly after to win the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic. It was a superb day for Baffert. Hopefully it’s superb for us at Mountaineer on Monday night. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for November 9, 2020.
Post Time: 8:28 p.m. EST
Our first selection at Mountaineer Park is Race 5, which is scheduled for post time around 8:30 p.m. EST. This race carries a modest purse of $6,700. With a total of just $80,000 on the card tonight, a small $6,700 purse isn’t a surprise on Monday. This race covers 5 furlongs on the dirt. Fugi Princess and Can’t Kats a Moose are expected to run strong races in this event.
Fugi Princess will be making her debut on Monday. She was purchased for $10,000 this year, and for that price tag, should be able to win wins in this class. Fugi Princess goes into her debut after completing three workouts, a 5-furlong and 4-furlong jaunt in anticipation of today. She completed 4 furlongs in 49.40 and 52.20 seconds, while Fugi Princess was clocked at 1:00.40 in the 5-furlong outing.
Can’t Kats a Moose just made her first outing on September 28 at Fort Erie. She did extremely well as a first-time runner. The rookie placed 2nd behind Hennessey Strike by 1 length. Can’t Kats a Moose was regarded as clearly being the second best horse and had a good effort. Note that race was for $21,168. The Fort Erie race was significantly tougher than Can’t Kats a Moose is going to experience on Monday. If Can’t Kats a Moose brings the same form to the party, then a win should be within reach.
Post Time: 9:12 p.m. EST
This race feels like a serious hike in class at Mountaineer Park from our previous selection and this is only worth $13,200. We go from a $6,700 event to $13,200 on Monday night at Mountaineer. We should be looking at Musabaqa and Sharpin in this event. Sharpin has been in epic form with nine straight finishes in the top-3. She has won four out of her last six outings, so there is a lot of momentum on Sharpin’s side going into Monday.
Sharpin is coming off a win on $11,400 by 4 ¼ lengths over Flat Out Super. That was an impressive win for Sharpin with nice kick in the stretch. Sharpin was 5th at the top of the stretch, and then turned on the jets to shake clear easily. Her connections are glad to keep picking up easy wins, though she’s going to slide up a bit in class for Monday. Prior to the win, Sharpin lost in this class, showing 3rd in a $13,200 race on October 18.
The horse that Sharpin lost to in that race was Musabaqa. They will meet again on Monday evening at Mountaineer Park. That particular race was not close. Musabaqa surged clear of the field by the top of the stretch with a 3 length lead, and the continued building and was ridden out for a 10 ¾ length victory. Musabaqa was in the top-2 in five straight performances, including three wins. Sharpin has been in good form, but will have to show even greater signs of improvement on Monday to keep up with Musabaqa.