PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: March 1
Parx Racing has a 10-race card on tap for this afternoon. Post time for the opener is 12:55 p.m, and we’ve got Parx picks.
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 5, $406,839
- 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 6||1-2-3-4||We’re not generally fond of horses who are still maidens after 16 races, but on the other hand, the field here isn’t much for a state-bred maiden special, and that was a pretty good effort last out by #1 Eight Danzas (6-1). The Danza filly rallied into the lead leaving the furlong grounds but couldn’t quite seal the deal. If you want to say that “can’t quite seal the deal” has become something of a habit for this runner, we can’t disagree, but the price should be right and the race she exits is much stronger than the race the morning line favorite exits… That fave is #2 Peach Perfect (2-1), who ran OK to be a well-beaten second on debut. She gets Lasix on today, as well, but as noted above, that just wasn’t a good field that day, and so we’re concerned that the second-place finish looks better than it was, especially at short odds today… In a field like this, you’ve got to give first-timers a look, and while #3 Imagism (4-1) isn’t particularly well-bred — her four siblings to race are a combined 2-for-54 — this one has a couple of strong works on the page… #4 Argentina Girl (3-1) showed speed before backing out last time in the race in which Peach Perfect ran second…|
|Race 9||7-6-3-2||In her first try locally and first in the Jamie Ness barn, #7 Closet Shopper (9-2) romped to a maiden-breaking score by over three lengths. Ness gets her right back in action here, just two weeks later. This one is a daughter of Tapit who cost $600,000 as a yearling, so her connections’ patience — she was a maiden until her 15th start — was warranted and perhaps now will pay dividends… #6 Lil Tater (9-2) was well back — as in completely out of it — last time out in the early going before rallying smartly to grab third, just two lengths behind the winner. And she galloped out past everyone… #3 Solid Gold Dancer (8-1) showed very little in her first several tries against winners, but she cruised to a good-looking win last out against state-bred allowance foes. Perhaps the light bulb’s going on now… #2 Fleeterthan (7-2) will be stepping up in class to this allowance level today, but she arrives in good form and has run competitive Beyer figs…|