Notapradaprice won the 2019 G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx. Photo by RJ Umberger /EQUI-PHOTO.

Parx Racing has a nine-race card on tap for this afternoon. Post time for the opener is 12:55p.m., and we’ve got Parx picks.

Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 5, $34,228

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Race 61-2-5-3In this PA-bred maiden event, the horse we’ll be keeping our closest eye on is #1 Burano (3-1). The juvenile filly is a daughter of Uncle Lino, who’s currently the Mid-Atlantic’s second-leading second-crop sire with 24 winners so far this year. Burano is out of the stakes-placed Sir Cat mare Catsuit, who already has thrown seven winners. The best of those is just a year older than Burano; that’s Leader of the Band, winner of the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks who most recently was sixth in the Grade 1 Cotillion. Burano is a homebred for SMD Ltd. and is trained by top regional conditioner John Servis, who wins at a 14% clip with with first-timers in special weight company. Burano has been training forwardly and most recently registered a bullet three-furlong move from the gate: 35 2/5 seconds. Breaking from the one-hole, she’ll need that kind of early zip. Frankie Pennington is up.
Race 95-9-8-3There are two lightly-raced sorts we’re watching in this first-level allowance. #5 The Jones Boy (5-2) had no answers last out in the G3 Smarty Jones, but they may have been too much too soon for this son of Smarty Jones. He had flashed talent in two prior wins, and while both were against state-breds, they were by a combined 13 lengths. He’s got the breeding to be something, too: he’s a half to Grade 3 winner Res Judicata, who earned nearly $500,000 in his career. The field he saw in his sire’s namesake race; among his rivals were winner Fulsome, who already was a G3 winner and who finished fourth in the G1 PA Derby in next, and stakes winner The King Cheek, who also won next out. We’re expecting a bounceback here… We’ll also be watching #9 Chief Ron (8-1). The Chelsey Moysey trainee won nicely last out at third asking, scoring by four lengths at Delaware Park. That was his first try in nearly a year, and today he’ll make his second start off that lengthy break and first around two turns. His breeding says two turns shouldn’t be an issue; he’s by Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver out of a Smart Strike mare. He’s showing a decent half-mile move in the interim and gets Lasix on for the first time today…