Parx picks and horses to watch: September 13

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, $51,840

Main track muddy, off the turf

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Race 72-4-7-6The horses who have raced previously all have some holes in their resumes in this maiden claimer, which points us to newcomer #2 Corali’s (6-1). The two half-sibs of this daughter of promising young sire Girvin both won early, with Sky of Hook winning his first two starts, including a stake. It’s fair to note that the works are nondescript and also that, if the connections were particularly high on her, they’d likely start against tougher. But trainer Rudy Rodriguez does OK with first-timers (12%), and, again, she won’t need to be a world-beater to contend in this spot… Morning line favorite #4 Acqua Bella (2-1) didn’t show much and had a bit of a trouble line on debut against better at Saratoga. The easier company should help, and new trainer Lake entices top pilot Pennington aboard… #7 My True Passion (5-2) ran off to a long lead in last in first try with blinkers on but had no answer for the easy winner while remaining well clear of the rest. That was her fourth start, most of any runner in this contest, so if experience matters, give her an edge in that department… #6 Iyiyi (3-1) didn’t show much in her career bow but owns the right to improve. The daughter of Poseidon’s Warrior is out of a graded stakes-placed runner…
Race 92-1-9-5Speed of the speed #2 Thegoddessofsnakes (7-2) looks to be in a spot where she can control the pace and take ’em all the way. That’s (sorta) what she did in last, battling Aegean Sea before overcoming that rival in the final furlong; Aegean Sea came back to win an a-other-than Sept. 12 at Parx, flattering this effort. Note, too, the condition is for horses that have never won an allowance or stake or which have never won four; those that have an allowance win, as this one does, have a bit of a class edge… Speaking of which, #1 Billieanne (6-1) is another allowance winner (she’s won both an open a-other-than and a state-bred allowance), though her more recent form is a bit darkened, as she’s found the step to a second-level allowance a bit far. But we like what trainer Patricia Farro has done of late: she gave this miss a bit of time off, took her off to Penn National, where she gave perhaps an improved try while in for the tag, now returns home protected in this starter condition. Look for an improved effort today… #9 Espernsita (8-1) won her first three outings. She’s lost six straight since. Her last was perhaps a bit better than the result, as she was still second with a furlong left. There’s talent in there somewhere… #5 Tilsa (8-1) has run OK races versus similar but was well beaten by top choice two back…