Recruiter looks for fourth straight in delayed Parx Juvenile

The future – or at least, the Futurity – is now.

The Parx Futurity and Parx Juvenile Stakes both were scheduled for last week, but when racing was canceled, that pushed the now-misnamed races into the new year. Both will take place today at Parx Racing.

The Juvenile, a $75,000, seven-furlong test originally for two-year-olds but now, days later, for three-year-olds, features a pair of undefeated runners squaring off.

The 5-2 morning line favorite is Recruiter. Trained by Cal Lynch for Nick Sanna Stables and his own Lynch Racing, the Army Mule colt has won all three of his starts by at least a length – all as the favorite. Most recently, he won the James F. Lewis, III Stakes at Laurel Park by nearly three lengths in a sharp 1:09 3/5 for six furlongs.

Mychel Sanchez, who wins at a 38% clip for Lynch, has the mount for the first time.

Recruiter will have to contend with Winning Time (7-2). The Pennsylvania-bred, bred and owned by Pewter Stable and trained by Kathleen Demasi, has won both his starts to date against fellow PA-breds. Last time out, he won the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes, defeating, among others, the previously undefeated Ninetyprcentmaddie, who is also entered in this contest.

Silvestre Gonzalez retains the mount.

Recruiter won the James F. Lewis, III Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

In the Futurity, for three-year-old filles, Girl Trouble, who has really blossomed in her last two starts, is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Trained by Butch Reid for Swilcan Stable and LC Racing LLC, the Fast Anna filly had run fine in her first four starts with a win and three other in-the-money finishes. But she’s dominated her last two, winning them by a combined 14 lengths, including a six-length win last out in the Future Stars Fillies division over the strip.

Paco Lopez, who has ridden her in her last two, has the mount.

New York shipper Interpolate (3-1) looks to offer tough competition. The Chad Brown trainee left the maiden ranks last out at Aqueduct in her second start. That was some 2 ½ months ago, and she’s been training steadily ever since. A $300,000 yearling, Interpolate is a daughter of Into Mischief out of the unraced Tapit mare Keesha.

Kendrick Carmouche will ride.

The Juvenile is carded as the ninth race on an 11-race program, while the Futurity is the 10th. Post time for the card is 11:55 a.m.