PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: JULY 21
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 a carryover of $170,896 in the Jackpot Pick 5.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
|Race 2||6-4-1-3||Top choice #6 Powwa of Love (7-2) has run into some rough customers in her last couple while trying her luck at the special weight level. Those include Ninetypercentbrynn, who’s won two straight since they saw each other two back and especially Oxana, who followed up her 18-length graduation with a 10-length win July 20. Dropping into claiming ranks for the first time, Powwa of Love won’t have to contend with anything like those… Morning line favorite #4 Holiday Raid (8-5) is likewise dropping out of the special weight ranks but already owns three losses versus similar to these… #1 A. C. Riggs (10-1) hasn’t shown a ton but is gradually inching forward… #3 Liam’s Lady (5-1) finds her lowest level yet…|
|Race 6||4-7-5-3||Two-year-old maidens try it here in the sixth, and we’ll use one of only two with a race under her belt on top. #4 For the Dreamers (5-2) led a long way on debut, repelled the bid of the winner at the quarter, but could not contain that one late and was beaten a neck. That winner, Dance Code, came back to be third despite a troubled trip in the G3 Sanford. Any improvement at all would make this one tough to beat… #7 Connecting (6-1) has been training forwardly at Delaware and makes the short trip up I-95 for this contest. He’s out of a mare who won at first asking, and his sire Connect is currently fifth-leading first-crop sire. And he attracts leading rider Silvera in the irons. Before we count our money, though, do note that trainer Cibelli is 3-for-66 with first-time starters… #5 Beast or Famine (5-1) is a full brother to a first-out winner, and his sire, the Maryland-bred The Big Beast, gets first-out winners… Butch Reid tends to do better with second-time starters than first-, but #3 Dangnabbit (3-1) has a nice-looking work tab, and while this one’s dam never raced, his second dam was never out of the money in seven career starts. Notably, rider Pennington, who piloted #2 Rich’s Way to a third-place finish on debut, lands here instead of that runner…|