PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Feb. 1
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, $159,299
- Delaware Park: Stakes-quality allowance featuredDelaware Park kicks off its 2022 meet with an interesting eight-race card that features a stakes-quality allowance and maiden event on the turf.
|Race 6||5-3-7-9||It’s a pretty tepid group that’ll line up in this maiden special weight contest going 6 1/2 furlongs. One horse that should appreciate a touch of added ground from her last is #5 Moonchild (4-1). This one ran OK last out when third in a race that included several of these in her first local try after being claimed at Churchill. That race came at six furlongs, but this one’s very best performance came at 1 1/16 miles, so getting a bit more ground should aid the cause… #3 Using Coconuts (3-1) has certainly run fast enough to contend with these, but all of those tries were on synthetic or turf. She’ll switch into the John Servis barn (25% after the trainer switch) for her first local tilt… The speedy #7 Nyssa (6-1) will be part of the early running, but after a dozen tries, she still hasn’t been able to seal the deal… #9 Super Duper Fly (5-1) closed ground last out against similar and recorded her best finish — a runner-up effort — going today’s distance…|
|Race 10||6-7-5-3||Top choice #6 Fortheluvofbourbon (4-1) looked to be done rounding the turn last out in the Blitzen Stakes, dropping from fourth to eighth, but he rallied nicely to grab third and just missed second. He might be sitting on a return to his best, which would be good enough here… The last time #7 Backsideofthemoon (5-1) raced less than a mile was May 2019, so today’s seven-furlong distance has to be considered a bit of a question. But he’s a classy old veteran with $800,000 in the bank, and he’s still performing at a high level and must be respected… #5 Dreams Untold (3-1) put it all together last out in an impressive win in the Blitzen. He’s certainly a threat here, but his history of in-and-out form — he’s been beaten as the odds-on favorite three times in a 16-race career — makes it a bit hard to trust that he’ll repeat… The late-running #3 Midnightcharly (6-1) has earned over $400,000 in his solid career and will make his first start since August here…|