PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Nov. 30
Parx Racing has a 10-race card on tap for this afternoon. Post time for the opener is 12:10 p.m, and we’ve got Parx picks.
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 5, $124,771
- Trainer Michael Pino reaches 2,000 winsTrainer Michael Pino went 2-for-2 today at Parx Racing to reach 2,000 wins in a career which has seen his runners earn over $43 million.
|Race 8||4-7-5-6||That was an absolutely huge effort last time out by #4 Jw’s Third Mischie (10-1). In his first try in the Ruperto Perez barn, at long odds, he dueled for the lead, disposed of his speed rival, was passed by the 6-5 favorite, and then fought back, nearly catching that one at the wire. Can he repeat? At double digit odds, we think it’s worth a shot… #7 Stonegate (6-1) has narrowly missed versus similar twice… #5 Maythehorsebwithu (5-2) was a stakes-level performer earlier in the year, winning the Miracle Wood and just missing in the Spectacular Bid and Private Terms, but his return after a six-month break, in the six-furlong Danzig, was just OK, as he made a middle move before backing out. He’ll need to step it up here, but in his second off the bench, there’s reason to believe he can. Plus, jockey Toledo comes in just for the one mount… #6 Parsimony (1-1) was competing against better on the West Coast and, now based at Belmont, finds a PA-bred spot for his return to action. Jockey McCarthy comes down for it…|
|Race 9||1-6-3-5||Back in 2019 trainer Todd Pletcher liked #1 Alpha Sixty Six (6-1) enough to run him in the G1 Champagne and G2 Remsen. There’s been a lot water under the bridge since — including a trainer switch, though not many starts for this guy — and we’re inclined to give him a shot to move forward here in his second start off a 20-month layoff. Top local pilot Pennington, who doesn’t ride much for trainer Demasi, has the call… #6 Scotch Rock’s (7-2) ran some pretty good races in minor stakes company earlier in the year but has been away since February and switches into the Montoya barn for this tilt… Veteran #3 This Ill Defend (5-2) hasn’t run badly since the Ness claim in July but hasn’t found the winner’s circle… #5 Black Light (9-2) has some pretty OK tries that would fit in here, but he’ll need his best…|