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West Virginia Derby Betting – Overanalyze Runs To The Front At Mountaineer

Posted by on 8/4/2013 10:23:30 PM

The sports betting action heats up on the race track this weekend in Chester at Mountaineer Race Track for the Grade-2 West Virginia Derby, a race that has grown in stature over the years and is now one of the more underrated events of the summer. This year’s field has a bit on the green side, and one of the more experienced horses will rebound from a poor first half of 2013 to grab a win on Saturday in West Virginia.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, August 3rd, post time TBA
Where: Mountaineer Race Track, Chester, WV
Pick: Overanalyze

Betweenhereandcool had a solid graded-stakes debut in his last start, finishing second to Looking Cool in the Grade-3 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows. This is a horse with a lot of potential and this will be a stern test for the young colt, which will be up against the best competition he has ever faced. However, he may have a trump card in Steve Asmussen, who has trained three winners in this event, including Macho Macho in 2012.

Departing has been off the track since the Preakness Stakes, when he finished sixth in his lone Triple Crown appearance for the season. Prior to that, this gelding had four wins and a third-place finish in his first five starts and given that performance, he should definitely be a horse to watch on Saturday as he showed a lot of speed at the Preakness and in a Grade-2 field, Departing figures to be a top thoroughbred.

Ledokol is winless in eight starts and none of those have come in graded-stakes event, so he should be consider a horse betting longshot at Mountaineer. He has finished second twice in maiden races so far in his career, but this is also his third race since July 7th and fatigue could play a role down the stretch of this race for Ledokol.

Mi Sto Divertendo could be an even darker horse than Ledokol as he has finished eighth and 10th in his first two starts, a maiden race and an allowance event, and he may be well over his head in West Virginia on Saturday, He has never run more than a mile and they were both on synthetic surfaces, so he could tire later in the race on the dirt in Chester.

Overanalyze needs a bounce-back race in the worst way after a tough Triple Crown season, coming in 11th in the Kentucky Derby and then seventh in the Belmont Stakes, which could suggest he is better over distance. There were high hopes for this colt after a win in the Grade-1 Arkansas Derby, but the talent is there and trainer Todd Pletcher is hoping Overanalyze can snag his first win in this event.

Ruler Of Love has two wins in eight starts, but none in a graded-stakes event; his best finish would be considered a third at the Grade-3 Derby Trial in April at Churchill Downs. A solid finish may be the best hope for this three-year-old as Joan Scott aims to add her name to the winning list of trainers at the West Virginia Derby.

Say Ow has won his last two starts, both coming at Hollywood Park over 1 1/16 miles, but he has never run in a graded-stakes event. He has seemed to improve each time out and that is an important trait for a horse, and he could be another one to keep an eye on as the summer schedule heats on the race tracks.

Shaler is another three-year-old that doesn’t have much experience as this will be his third start after a fourth and fifth in allowance races, both at Philadelphia Park. Don’t expect much from this thoroughbred, which has never run over a mile, and his closing stretch will be important to watch.

Stratocruiser rounds out the field in his graded-stakes debut, and his lone win in seven starts came in an allowance race. That is probably not too encouraging to horse betting sharps has his results have been all over the place, but this is a field full of inexperienced horses and a couple could end up as surprises.

How It Will Play Out

Overanalyze proves that he just had a couple of bad races at the wrong times earlier this year, and he’ll beat out Departed for a victory at Mountaineer on Saturday. Take him in your online betting picks.

West Virginia Derby Betting Pick: Overanalyze

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