Monday is a slow day for horse racing in North America. There are just two race tracks available for wagering today at BetOnline. Parx and Mountaineer Park have cards for betting to get the week started. That will take care of the entire day. Parx during the afternoon, and then Mountaineer Park under the lights in West Virginia.
It was a perfect sweep for us at Mountaineer Park on Sunday night. All three of our horses came through at the wire to win. Along with Mountaineer Park budding with success, we had a horse win and scratched at Churchill Downs. Between Churchill Downs and Mountaineer, we went a perfect 4-0-1. It can’t get any better than that.
The sample size of races on Monday isn’t nearly as big as a weekend, but let’s try to make the most of it and find another winning effort today. With only two tracks available for betting, this goes back to March and April when Monday only had Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs. Parx has ten races worth a total of $189,000 on Monday to get the week started. Head below for our free Parx picks for November 30, 2020.
Post Time: 1:46 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 4 will be our first look at Parx on Monday afternoon. This event covers a mile and 70 yards on the main track for a $17,000 purse. Pasatime and We Five are on my shortlist for Race 4. Pasatime is winless in her career. She has been coming close in a couple of recent performances. Pasatime placed 2nd behind Spectacular Now by 2 ¼ lengths on September 2. She was 2nd by the ¾ pole, but made no gain from there. Pasatime followed up to finish 7th and 8th, and then got back on track in her most recent outing on November 10.
Pasatime placed 2nd behind a half length behind Shes Euphoric by ¾ lengths on November 10 in a $17,000 assignment. This is a $95,000 horse that has really disappointed so far in her career. She should be doing better in this class. Perhaps Monday is the day that Pasatime gets things in order and gets to the winner’s circle. We Five will make her seventh appearance of her career on Monday. She started off slow, but has been rounding into form recently.
We Five has gone 3rd and 2nd in her previous two outings. She showed 3rd in a $18,000 event on October 14 at Delaware Park, and then came back with a stronger performance on October 12. We Five came close, placing 2nd in a $20,574 assignment. She was 1 ½ lengths behind heavy favorite Ski Bunny in that race. For $180,000, We Find has to start producing soon. If she maintains the same form as the outing on Halloween, a win seems like a reasonable achievement on Monday afternoon.
Post Time: 2:13 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 5 is for a $15,000 purse on the dirt over a mile and 70 yards. A total of 11 horses are expected to participate in the race. The two horses opposite one another, Finishing School and Misdriven, should be close together in the stretch. Finishing School will get the starting nod from the outside. She has gone 4 for 28 in her career, and has been in the mix recently.
Finishing School has been showing signs of improvement, which is all you can ask going into Monday. Finishing School has been in the top-3 in four of her previous five outings, and top-2 in her last two appearances. She was a winner on November 3 over Robin’s Destiny by 2 lengths for a $15,000 purse. That was her first win since February. Finishing School went six straight races with a loss before breaking through.
In her latest outing, Finishing School placed 2nd behind Tomarie by 9 ½ lengths in another $15,000 assignment. Another good run is anticipated for Finishing School. She will likely be joined by Misdriven in the stretch run. Misdriven gets the inside rail out of the gate in this one. She is 4 for 28 in her career as well.
Misdriven has had the same amount of success. In her most recent performance, Misdriven was hot to win by a half length over Beach Tag by a half length for a $18,000 purse. This was after a class drop for Misdriven, having raced for $20,000+ purses before. Misdriven continues to slide down in class for Monday. I am going to side with the No. 1 horse to get the win in Race 5.
Post Time: 3:34 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 8 is one of the biggest races at Parx on Monday afternoon. This event covers 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a $22,000 purse. Dangerfield and Final Prospect should be taken into consideration for the win here. Dangerfield is 5 for 39 in his career. He has been out of sync recently to finish 5th in back-to-back performances on September 12 and October 26.
In his most recent showing, Dangerfield was 5th on October 26 in a $22,000 event. Prior to that race, he did the same in a $50,000 event. The class drop didn’t help. Dangerfield won three races ago in a race for a $27,500 purse over Runabout by 4 ¼ lengths. Instead of building on the win, Dangerfield has regressed and gone in the wrong direction.
Really disappointing for a $450,000 horse. For that price tag, connections hoped to have him running in graded events. However, Dangerfield has run in a graded race since 2017. Overall, Dangerfield is 5 for 39 in his career. Final Prospect is coming off a similar performance on October 17 at Delaware Park.
He finished 5th on October 17 in a $23,000 assignment. Prior to that weak effort, Final Prospect won on September 17 in a $16,000 race by 3 ½ lengths, and then placed 2nd behind Bobby G by 3 ¼ lengths in a $38,225 event. That was an encouraging performance. Back to his form on those two days, and Final Prospect should be in fine company on Monday in the winner’s circle.