PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: August 31
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.
On tap today the rescheduled Grade 3 Parx Dash.
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 5, $29,004
- Knicks Go leads NTRA Top Thoroughbred PollWith Breeders’ Cup fast approaching, the NTRA Top Thoroughbred has a status quo look with Knicks Go on top.
|Race 8||6-5-3-7||There’s plentiful front-end speed among the major players in this allowance contest, which might be good news for top pick #6 Love in Her Eyes (5-2). The Jamie Ness trainee has made good use of the optional claiming tag to date, winning at this level two previous times, including last out, while in for the tag. That’s not an option today, but the purse money spends the same. Leading Delaware Park rider Jaime Rodriguez is in for the mount… One of those speed horses is #5 Philadelphia Belle (9-2). The Kate DeMasi trainee makes her third start off the bench, and we won’t judge that well-beaten third last out too harshly: winner Oxana has won two straight by a combined 28 lengths… #3 Shesalittle Edgy (9-5) has had three pretty good races since being claimed for $20,000 and cuts back to her preferred distance today. The winner of her last came right back to win at this level at Delaware… #7 Imperial Moon (5-1) graduated like a good thing last out, winning by eight, albeit at the maiden claiming $40,000 level. She should be one of those up front early…|
|Race 9||4-6-5-11||This is the Grade 3 Parx Dash. #4 Firecrow (6-1) hasn’t been seen since May when winning the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico. That was a big effort; he was a little rank and awkward leaving the gate, moved up to press the pace, and overcame post-time favorite The Critical Way under a hand ride to win by a neck. He’s shown the ability to fire fresh before, and top pilot Joel Rosario comes in for the lone mount… Morning line favorite #6 The Critical Way (8-5) just continues to churn out good races and has won two straight since his defeat in the Jim McKay. His last two wins have come while sitting just off the pace, and there’s every reason to think he can run another good one today… #5 Francatelli (4-1) enters in good form but keeps running into slightly better foes, among them, two back, The Critical Way, and that’s the challenge here: he’s a good horse who usually runs a good race, but is he good enough to best the top pair? #11 The Connector (8-1) figures to be running late, and hoping the pace will come back to him…|