Written by Daniel Benjamin
Race 4 - claiming $4,000 (Purse- $6,600)
Seven geldings will go one mile in this race. #6 Abraham is by far and away the class of this field. The 10-year-old gelding, who has finished in the money in his first start following a long layoff, was running well before taking a sabbatical as he coasted to victory against similar competition and at the same length at Mahoning Valley back in February. Abraham, who is far and away the fastest horse in the field, has 15 “cashes” in his last 23 starts including five victories and owns a field best 23% winning percentage at this distance. While I believe that Abraham should win the event, I think the real battle is for second place. #1 Blame the Kids, #2 Nobody Moves and #3 Titochip are among the horses I expect to vie for second best. Nobody Moves struggled in his lone 2020 race at Tampa Bay way back in January but the 7-year-old New York gelding has a career 63.0% WPS rate on the dirt. Titohip stretches out after a strong initial performance at Mountaineer (June 7)where the 5-year-old gelding was clearly second best versus horses at this level.
Picks: I like a win bet on the #6. I also like a trifecta bet of the #6 with the #2, #3, #1.
Race 5- Maiden Special Weight ($14,000)
Seven fillies are slated to go six furlongs on the dirt though I just like three of them to possibly break their maidens. #7 Inaweofnooneatall had a terrific debut as she used a strong finish to place second earlier this month in a five-and-one-half furlong race. If Inaweofnooneatall is able to score a victory, I expect her to come off the pace once again as she basically showed no speed at all the last time out. Jockey Kelvan Serrano and trainer Eric Reed have an 18% success rate while working together this year. #6 Foot Rub Love has three straight top 3 finishes, which includes finishing second at this level a couple of weeks back. The 3-year-old Florida filly has run well in two of her previous outings at this distance. Expect Foot Rub Love and #5 NancyKnowsthemath to set the pace. NancyKnowsthemath is racing for the first time in 2020, however, she does have a top 3 finish in two starts at Mountaineer.
Picks: I like an exacta box bet of #7, #6. I also like a show bet on the #5.
Race 7 - Starter Allowance $5,000 (Purse -$12, 400)
Eight male runners will go five and one-half furlongs. #6 Freedonia has four wins and a 66.9% WPS percentage in nine starts since the start of 2019, which includes a victory as well as two second-place finishes in four meets this year. The 5-year-old gelding eased to a six and a three-quarter length victory against $4,000 claimers in a five-and-one-half furlongs event. Freedonia has earned four of his five wins and has cashed in five of the seven races at Mountaineer. #7 Honor Life had his five-race streak snapped as he was no factor after being bumped at the start of an allowance race on March 4. While the 6-year-old Kentucky gelding is making his debut Mountaineer, Honor Life has finished in the money in 12 of 19 contests overall. #8 Rokslide, who has a field high early pace ESpeed of 90, pressured the pace and then was denied at the wire -- losing by three-quarters of a length -- to finish second in a two-furlong sprint against $5,000 claimers.
Picks: I like an exacta box bet of #6, #7. I also like a show bet on the #8.