PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Dec. 14
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, $222,897
- 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 3||6-7-2-4||Top choice #6 Far Mo Power (3-1) will have to turn the tables on a rival who beat him handily last time in morning line favorite #7 Imperial Road (6-5). But we think he can. That was the first start of his career, he was away maybe a beat slow, and he was wide every step of the way. He gets Lasix on today and has every right to step forward… Imperial Road took a nice step forward himself in that contest after being pretty well throttled in his first two starts, including in his debut by now-multiple stakes winner Beren. He looks to be the speed of the speed, and if he can control it up front could be tough. On the other hand, he controlled it up front last time and still had to settle for second… Trainer Dee Curry’s had a quiet season but generally does OK with first timers like #2 Late to the Show (8-1), a Rimrod gelding with a middling work tab…|
|Race 8||5-3-7-2||His debut — a rallying second after a slow start — has been flattered by what’s happened since, which makes #5 Loose Ends (9-2) our top choice in here. Yes, on paper, it looks like a lesser group, but all winner Peter D has done in his career to date is win four of five starts, including a stake. This one’s been gelded since, and while his breeding says the mile trip shouldn’t be out of range, the one question to answer is whether he can return from the break ready to go two turns. If the price is right, we’ll bite… His last couple are just so-so, but the best of #3 Ageless Endeavor (9-5) puts him in the mix. The John Servis trainee was a good third on debut against similar and here makes his second start off the bench… The other Servis runner here, #7 Icy Cold (7-2), was a well-beaten second against similar on debut… #2 Undercover Kitty (4-1) ran a good race to be third on debut. The added ground from 5 1/2 furlongs to a mile doesn’t project to be a problem, but the switch from turf to dirt might be; this one has turf pedigree top and bottom…|