PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Jan. 5
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, $28,779
- Taiba scores in Pennsylvania DerbyTaiba bounced back from a narrow defeat in the Haskell to win the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby Saturday at Parx Racing.
|Race 6||1-3-6-2||Good effort last time by #1 Stonegate (3-1), who led late before settling for second behind the only runner to be well off the early contested pace… Grade 2-placed #3 Parsimony (5-2) has run plenty of races that would contend or win here, but his last, his first try over the strip and first in the Gargan barn, was not good; he was a well-beaten fourth in the race that included Stonegate… #6 Bullet Butch (7-2) looked strong in winning at first asking and now tries winners for the first time. Among the questions he’ll confront: can he get this two-turn distance after winning going 5 1/2 furlongs? Jump Starts generally are fine with two turns, but he’s got mostly sprint influences on his dam’s side. If he wins here, keep an eye on him going forward… #2 Eddie’s Charge (4-1) enters with two straight wins…|
|Race 9||1-4-3-6||The time off seems to have done #1 Philadelphia Belle (9-2) some good. The Kate DeMasi trainee didn’t race between the end of August and early November, but when she returned, she absolutely throttled a first level allowance field, cruising home as much the best. The two horses who finished right behind her both won their follow-ups, and this mare has a big shot to make it three next-out winners out of the race… #4 Bold Confection (2-1) had a modest two-race win streak snapped last out when third in an allowance at Aqueduct. It wasn’t an overwhelming group by any means, and just six in total, but the credentials of this John Servis trainee stack up nicely here… #3 I’m the Talent (4-1) didn’t run her best race last out when fourth against tougher, but two back she looked good in winning a state-bred allowance that included next-out Willa On the Move winner Kaylasaurus… #6 Hydra (5-1) lost five straight to conclude her ’21 season but has some efforts farther down on the page that would make her a contender here…|