PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: August 3
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 Jackpot Pick 5 carryover of $224,741.
- Bound by Destiny stays perfect in Small WonderBound by Destiny made it a perfect four-for-four in her young career with a solid score in the Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park.
|Race 5||7-1-5-2||Her Brisnet speed figs don’t quite match up, but you have to love the way #7 Gingers Wish (6-1) is coming into this never-won-three contest. The Mshawish filly broke her maiden in pretty dominant fashion at the bottom, then moved up to face winners at a higher claiming price — and at 28-1 — and won off by six. That last indicated she doesn’t have to have the lead, and she’s drawn well outside here where she can work out a good trip in front or stalking… The speedy #1 Cardi G (6-1) has a tendency to lead early but gack it up later but makes her first start in the Brown barn today and attracts leading rider Silvera… #5 Confirmed Genius (2-1) makes her first start since being claimed by leading trainer Jamie Ness, who keeps Pennington aboard. This one was life-and-death to win at the never-two level, though the top pair were well clear of the others. No question she’s a contender, but 2-1 seems a little aggressive… #2 New Jersey (9-2) ran second against similar last out and makes her second start off a two-month break here…|
|Race 10||8-10-12-11||#8 Noble Castillo (9-2) didn’t show much last out against better but won nicely in his turf bow to graduate. The Ness-Silvera combo wins 32% of the time, and this lightly-raced gelding still has upside… #10 Hard Count (9-5) has kept mostly better company than these and given plenty of good efforts. But we have a tough time getting past a record that shows a single win versus 14 second- and third-place finishes. A contender for sure, and one we’ll leave on the ticket but will try to beat in the top spot… The better efforts from #12 The Method (15-1) suggest he can compete with these, and, while it’ll be his first time on the lawn, three of his siblings have won on grass… In two of his last three turf tries #11 Stonegate (6-1) has led leaving the furlong grounds only to be denied. One of these days….|