PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Jan. 25
Parx Racing has an 11-race card on tap for this afternoon. Post time for the opener is 12:25 p.m, and we’ve got Parx picks.
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 5, $109,510
- 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 8||8-3-7-4||The improving #8 Our Lucky Man (9-2) rallied smartly last out in a first-level allowance at Laurel Park but couldn’t quite seal the deal, finishing fourth while beaten less than two lengths. It was a good effort against a solid group, and on the drop to a bit of an easier crowd, this one rates a big shot… We’ll give a shot to #3 Longtail (5-1) and wouldn’t be surprised to see longer odds than the morning line. This one ran pretty well last out, though that was against lesser and two months ago. He’ll make his first try in the Mike Pino barn here and may well be the controlling speed… #7 Hard Sting (3-1) rallied to the lead leaving the furlong grounds last out against similar but couldn’t quite finish it. He’ll have a good shot to get it done today… #4 Secret Path (4-1) dominated last out against never-won-two rivals, and two of six to run back won their follow-ups, with two others in the money…|
|Race 10||5-7-8-4||Good effort to graduate last out by #5 Lady Zeta (6-1), who never really caught a break against maiden $40k claimers but kept battling all the way. This’ll be her second start off a three-plus-month break… #7 Starship Laoban (5-1) was a mile behind winner Gamestonks last time out at this level, and it’s a bit hard to know what to do with that information; that rival returned to be last and beaten almost 50 lengths in the Busanda. The cutback to six furlongs should help today, as should the addition of Lasix… #8 Advocate Harbor (15-1) has struggled against allowance foes to date and will try the claiming ranks for the first time… #4 Platinum Ice (6-1) won impressively at first asking, and while her follow-up was just OK, she has plenty of right to improve and will get Lasix added here…|