PARX PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: March 16
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, $34,093
- Deciding Vote is “aye” for MATCH Series titleDeciding Vote earned a narrow win in Monday’s Sal Debunda PTHA President’s Cup at Parx Racing to secure the 2022 MATCH Series title.
|Race 6||2-4-6-1||The speedy #2 Nyssa (9-2) has been leading and fading against special weight company but should appreciate the class relief today. The Nyquist filly has turned in two of her best efforts in her last three, including a third-place finish in last, and has a big chance to stay on to graduate today… #4 Moonchild (8-5) has two pretty good local tries, finishing just behind our top choice in one and well ahead of her in the other. One key difference in those two races: going six furlongs, Nyssa had the edge; going farther, it was Moonchild. Today’s race is six… #6 Paper Mansion (2-1) has a couple of OK tries in the bank (and a couple that were not so good) and switches into the John Servis barn today… #1 Martini Twist (12-1) hasn’t shown a thing in four career starts and has beaten only one horse in her last three. Yet her connections are continuing to stick with her, dropping him just one step from special weight to maiden claiming $40,000, even though her numbers say she would be safe from being claimed at just about any level. That seems to suggest they’ve seen something from her not evident on the page. Lasix on today…|
|Race 9||7-1-3-4||That was an absolutely huge effort last time out by #7 Cobble Road (5-1). He set a fast pace early and still had enough to hold safe the favorite late. You won’t get 20-1 on him today, as you did last time, but what you will get is a) a horse dropping from allowance to starter company and b) a probable pace scenario that sees him alone in front once again… #1 Hard Sting (8-5) does nothing but run good races and figures to do the same here at a distance at which he’s been in the money seven of eight career starts. The concern: he’s a deep closer in a race without much speed, and that’s left him vulnerable to running well without winning (14 seconds and thirds versus just three wins)… #3 The Angry Man (3-1) returned from a two-month break with a strong outing last time and should contend here. Both this runner and Hard Sting come from the meet-leading Jamie Ness barn… #4 Ronin Warrior (8-1) is not in particularly good form but does have some efforts that would contend here…|