Parx picks and horses to watch: May 17

by J. J. Graci

Parx Racing has an 11-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, $560,663

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Race 75-3-6-4#5 Downtownchalybrown (5-2) has been rounding into form his last two. Repeat of last makes him the one to beat in a field he can handle… #3 Rex Kwon Do (7-2) needs to run two good races in a row but has faced better. Gets the hot bug boy Jeiron Barbosa in the irons for trainer Scott Lake. If he improves today, he can threaten our top pick… #6 Center Mid Maddie (4-1) is a stablemate of our top pick. His last out was a solid second, and while he needs to get the lead, he can take it gate to wire for trainer Eddie Coletti… #1 Celtic Heart (9-2) makes his second start off the bench. He broke his maiden last start in the claiming ranks. Uriah St Lewis is 27% with runners in their second off the bench…
Race 87-5-1-4#7 Hollywood Jet (2-5) is looking to make it 7 in a row and has faced much better, winning the Fishtown two starts back. He has never been headed in his last six starts and is well-spotted today. Hard to pass even at such a short price… #5 South Sea (4-1) made his last start at Laurel against same as today, where he was a solid second. He fits with most of these but would need to improve a lot to be a threat on top pick… #1 Town Jak (5-1) needs an alert start from the inside post to be a player today but has back class… #4 Big City Bob (6-1) has been away since early March where he was at Laurel versus similar. He needs to show more for a minor award today…