Wait for It
Wait for It won the 2020 Storm Cat Stakes at Parx Racing. Photo by Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO.

Can’t be much hotter than trainer Jamie Ness these days, though jockey Ruben Silvera is doing his best.

Ness has been on a lengthy tear at Parx Racing, a hot streak that shows no signs of abating. He’s won with 27 of his last 51 starters there over the last 15 race cards, and his runners have a +33% wagering ROI. That gives him a heat index score of 220 to lead all trainers by a wide margin (see table below).

Silvera’s been nothing to sneeze at, either. The rider has won with 36 of 96 starters in that same period, a 37.5% strike rate, and he’s generated a -9% ROI that’s actually quite good among regular riders. Of the 23 jockeys who’ve made at least 10 starts during the period, only three have better ROIs, topped by Navin Mangalee, who’s at +6%.

The Monday feature is an allowance/optional claimer for three-year-old fillies going seven furlongs on the main track. The Ness-Silvera combo will team up with Love in Her Eyes (7-2), who won at this level two back. She’ll have to overcome morning line favorite Leader of the Band (5-2) for trainer John Servis, who’ll have Frankie Pennington up; she’s been second twice versus similar. Also here is Tayler’s Chrome (4-1), who beat similar at Laurel last out…

Wednesday brings a couple of interesting allowances, the first a two-other than in which the Linda Rice trainee Mount Travers is the 8-5 morning line favorite. He’s lost at the level four straight locally. Ness has a coupled entry in the contest, which could mean the first start for Still Having Fun in the barn. Ness claimed the six-year-old out of his last start, at Laurel Park. The Old Fashioned gelding won the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes in 2018 but has lost 16 straight since…

Wednesday’s feature is an open $45,000 allowance. The Ness-Silvera combo teams up again with Wentz (3-1), a winner of two straight a step down the ladder, but he’ll need his running shoes here. Danny Velazquez will send out Arch Cat (5-2), who won at the level two back, and Michelle Nevin will ship in My Boy Tate (2-1). The veteran has won two straight NY-bred stakes and earned nearly $600,000 in his career…



1Silvera Ruben172
2Pennington Frankie91
3Laprida Jeremy84
4Sanchez Mychel J81
5Castillo Angel74
Scores based on wins, win percentage, and wagering ROI for all trainers with at least one winover the last 15 cards.


1Ness Jamie220
2Servis John C117
3Linder Jr Louis C105
4Coletti Jr Edward J102
5Bedard Alan97
Scores based on wins, win percentage, and wagering ROI for all trainers with at least one winover the last 15 cards.