PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: JULY 13
Parx Racing has a 10-race card on tap for this afternoon. Post time for the opener is 12:55p.m., and we’ve got Parx picks. The day starts with no carryovers.
- Mychel Sanchez gets 1,000th riding victoryJockey Mychel Sanchez got his 1,000th riding win in Saturday’s Rosenberger Memorial Stakes, and trainer Gary Capuano won both Delaware Park stakes.
|Race 5||6-3-4-5||Nothing wrong with either of the last couple from #6 Sail At Sunrise (9-2). The Lupe Preciado trainee was second, beaten less than a length, after a somewhat challenging trip perhaps exacerbated when his rider lost the stick. And even two-back defeat is probably better than it looks; the top pair have both won stakes since then, the winner taking the G3 Smile Sprint. The outside draw today may aid the cause… #3 Fortheluvofbourbon (5-2) will need to step forward but may do so in his third off the bench… #4 Tringale (2-1) won easily against similar last out and certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if he did so again today. But it feels like trainer Jamie Ness is telling us something about this horse by not trying to move up the ladder… #5 Johnny Ritt (8-1) has some pretty good tries in his past but will need to get back to his very best to contend here…|
|Race 8||5-6-7-4||The big favorite in this first-level allowance is #7 Glory Song (6-5), and certainly his figs point to him here. He also figures to be controlling speed here. So why pick against? We’re not sure this son of Munnings wants to go nine furlongs, In five of six two-turn tries on the page — though he’s run well in all of them — he’s ceded ground in the final furlong. That suggests adding more ground may not aid his cause. He may gallop, but at short odds, we’ll swing against… On the other hand #5 Runningforhome (5-1), a son of Tiznow out of an AP Indy mare, is totally bred to want more ground. In his five 1 1/16-mile tries, he’s never been worse than third, with two wins. His last two weren’t great, though notably Magic Michael, who beat him two back, just ran second to Phat Man in a stake at DEL. He’s been away since February but training forwardly and has fired fresh before… #6 Fire’s Finale (3-1) has shown talent, winning last year’s PA Nursery. This year hasn’t been quite as kind, though there’s no shame in getting crushed, as he did last out, by Beren; that runner has the look of a budding star… The turf experiment didn’t go very well, but returning to the main track should be a plus here for #4 Midlaner (8-1), who won by a pole in maiden claiming company two back…|