Parx picks and horses to watch: July 26

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 $171,393

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Race 86-8-3-2#6 The Count (3-1): Works say he is ready for top trainer Todd Pletcher, who is 19% with first start two-year-olds. Gets top jock, and an alert start makes him a winner. 
#8 Flor de Sombra (9-2): He also has been training well for debut and can be a major player with the trip for a winning barn.
#3 Skyhook (5-1): Workout pattern says he is ready for top effort. Butch Reid is 37% with first start two-year-olds. This guy can upset top pick with a good trip.
#2 Tiz Speedy (4-1): Works shows he is ready for top effort. Needs to overcome inside post in a race with a lot of first-time starters.
Race 105-3-1-8#5 Maestria (3-1): She ran with similar at Delaware Park last start on turf, just missing. Repeat of last makes her the winner for top barn.
#3 Systemic Risk (4-1): She won her last start with lesser and has the speed to beat top pick as long as she gets away from inside post.
#1 Awesome Pal (9-2): Returns to home base after two tries, one win, at Penn National and tries the turf for the first time. If she can handle the turf, she’ll be a factor.
#8 Snow Forecast (6-1): Claimed last start for $10,000, she likes the turf and, with her running style, can take advantage in a race full of speed to earn a share.