Churchill Downs returns today with a week of racing leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The beginning of their fall meet will begin on September 17. Given the odd circumstances regarding the postponement of the Kentucky Derby to Labor Day Weekend, there is this special week of racing at Churchill Downs, a two week break, and then back to racing in Louisville. We have you covered at Churchill Downs on Tuesday with three picks. Later in the day, you can check out the evening card at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia.
Mountaineer Park has a convenient evening card, which is typically the case for Charles Town and Mountaineer in West Virginia. Mountaineer is putting on a nine-race card on Tuesday night. If you missed out on Churchill Downs, or any of the other afternoon races, you have an opportunity for some horse wagering tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST. Head below for our free Mountaineer Park picks for September 1, 2020.
Post Time: 7:44 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
A modest race worth $6,900 will get us going at Mountaineer Park on Tuesday evening. Tulwar and Santa Fe Blaze should have a good battle in the stretch, with Governor Machen likely stalking.
Tulwar is 2 for 15 in his career and in search of his first win in over a year. He was a winner on April 30, 2019. However, he has gone winless in nine races since that win. Tulway finished 3rd, 7th, 4th in his previous three performances.
He finished 7th in a $17,800 event on July 14 in a disappointing effort. Tulwar finished up for 4th on July 28, which sounds great, but there were only six horses in the race. He was able to beat two horses as a big underdog in the $20,200 event. Tulwar is well down in class for today.
This is one of the smallest races that Tulwar is going to find. If he can’t get into the money in this class, Tulway has some problems. I do believe that Tulwar is going to take a good run at the top prize in Race 3, though.
Santa Fe Blaze is 2 for 12 in his career. He’s finished 1st, 6th, 2nd, 5th in his previous four outings. On September 11, 2019, Santa Fe Blaze won by 5 ½ lengths in a $17,800 event. That was easy pickings for Santa Fe Blaze. He went up in class thereafter and didn’t do as well. Santa Fe Blaze is down in class today. Way down to the $6,900 level after finishing 5th in his most recent performance. He should be able to win a $6,900 race.
Post Time: 8:06 p.m. EST
You can make this a Daily Double with Race 3 if you wish. Race 4 brings us 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $7,300 purse. This isn’t exactly a step up from the last race. It’s within the same class of a modest purse. Liberty Fire and Beyond Pleasure are likely going to get into a battle in this one. Liberty Fire is 13 for 45 in her career. She is looking for her first win since September 24, 2019.
That was a $13,600 win for Liberty Fire. She has proven herself in better clases than what’s on her plate on Tuesday. Liberty Fire finished 10th in a $16,200 race on June 16 at Mountaineer. That event was way out of her league, and she moved down to $12,200 on June 26.
That was better for Liberty Fire, but her form has been better in the past. Liberty Fire moves down once again in class searching for something easier. As she moves down the scale, her chances of winning improve.
Beyond Pleasure is 4 for 23 in her career, with results of 2nd, 1st, 4th in her last three. She was a winner on July 24 in a $9,000 race by 2 ¼ lengths over Lea’s Reward as the favorite. Prior to that, Beyond Pleasure placed 2nd by a neck against in a duel on July 24. For a $65,000 horse, she has to win a race of this caliber on Tuesday.
Post Time: 9:34 p.m. EST
The feature race of the day at Mountaineer Park is Race 8. It’s a modest purse for a feature race, but $22,800 will have to do on Tuesday. Shy Guy and Hero’s Man have been in fine form recently. They will likely both be involved in the stretch, and have a good crack at the top prize in this one. Shy Guy has been winning at a successful clip with 6 wins in 11 races. He has been on a tear with finishes of 1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st in his previous five performances.
That is some tremendous consistency for Shy Guy at Mountaineer Park. In his most recent performance, Shy Guy beat Soul Beam by 3 lengths in a $20,200 event. Prior to that, his three-race winning streak was stopped in a $20,200 race and he had to settle for 3rd. Shy Guy was able to get right back on the winning path, though. He won a $17,800 race by ¾ lengths before that outing before jumping up in class.
Hero’s Man has had similar success throughout his career, though he’s tested himself a little more in tougher races. Hero’s Man is 7 for 13 overall, and has finished outside of the top-3 in only two races in his career. He placed 2nd in the $75,000 West Virginia Lottery Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) on October 12, 2019 and 3rd in the $50,000 Robert G. Leavitt Stakes (Black Type). Hero’s Man has battled hard in much more difficult races than this on Tuesday.
He has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 4th, 1st in his previous five races. After sitting out since March, Hero’s Man returned to the gate with a 5 length win in a $32,000 race in his most recent showing on July 23. That kind of effort would be more than enough to seal the deal for the top prize at Mountaineer on Tuesday night.