PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Dec. 28
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, $346,859
- 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 7||9-4-2-3||Getting in the holiday spirit, Parx presents a trio of Christmas-themed stakes today, kicking off with the Mrs. Claus for older fillies and mares going seven furlongs… We’ll try for a mild upset with #9 Dr B (5-1). The Butch Reid trainee has only eight races under her belt, and her last couple, when second and third, might be better than they look: all five to run back from her two-back third-place effort finished first or second in their follow-ups, while the trip beat her last time at Laurel when she finished gamely after getting away from her pace rival and galloped out well in front. She’ll get Lasix on today and has a big shot here… #4 Don’t Call Me Mary (5-2) is the only horse to date to have finished in front of Chub Wagon, and last out this one dusted Fille d’Esprit, who came back to win a Laurel allowance by seven… Anytime you see Gamine and CeCe on a horse’s past performances, as you see with #2 Truth Hurts (4-1), you have to figure she’s kept the right company… Kentucky shipper #3 Miss Mosaic (9-2) looks to snap an eight-race skid here after finishing two behind Center Aisle, who returned to score in a G3 event…|
|Race 8||6-5-10-2||There looks to be a lot of early speed in the two-turn Kris Kringle Stakes, which might be good news for the late runners. We’ll take a swing with #6 Informative (10-1). The Uriah St. Lewis trainee runs his share of clunkers, but his best efforts — including a win in the G3 Salvator Mile — are quite good, indeed. He exits a race that’s produced three next-out winners from six to run back, including stablemate Forewarned, who went off at 42-1 in winning the Queens County… #5 Why Why Paul Why (4-1) has won back-to-back allowance races by a combined 11-plus lengths, looking like a good thing in the process… #10 Everett’s Song (12-1) has won three of five, including a stakes win. This’ll be his first two-turn try and second off a two-month break; the breeding says the two turns shouldn’t be an issue… #2 Rock On Luke (5-1) impressed in the Balezzi two back but couldn’t get it done last out…|