In Friday’s On Tap, we highlighted five horses we’d be watching this weekend (table below).

Well, that didn’t work so well.

With the cancellations of Laurel Park’s Saturday card and Parx Racing’s Sunday card, we were left watching just two of the five.

Here, in today’s RaceBrief, is how they did:

  • Of Tazewell County, we said, “3-1 morning line looks like a square price.”  Perhaps so — but we didn’t get anything like that in the actual event.  Bettors playing Penn National made the sophomore the 8-5 favorite in the maiden special weight event and didn’t get much bang for their bucks.  He lagged in last for a half-mile before rallying belatedly, and mildly, to finish third — but nearly 11 lengths behind the winner, Simon the Cyrenian.
  • Everything we said about Country Mamma turned out to be true.  We called her the “chalky favorite” in the Charles Town allowance test, and she went off at 2-5.  We also said, “If she’s the kind of horse she hinted at in her last, she wins here for fun.”  She cruised to a nearly four-length win while being ridden out late and looks like the sort who will, at the very least, make some noise against her fellow West Virginia-breds.



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