By Joe Quillen
One advantage of having a staycation is that I can give some of the other tracks that you may not hear of some love here on Bleacher Brothers, and that will be the case here on this Monday, as I will take a look at my hometown track, Parx Racing as the 6th race is the featured race on the Daily Racing Form site. Let’s take a look at the race, and some other things you should need to know before we get deep into the handicapping.
As I am writing this early on Sunday, it is raining, and given the time of year with the lack of sunshine that Bensalem, Pennsylvania, or anything in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States get this time of year, I would expect a wet track here, and probably a few scratches in this field of seven horses going postward Monday when post time comes around about 2:20 pm ET.
Seven fillies were entered for Monday’s race. They will go a mile and 70 yards, which is basically a few yards more than one lap around the Bensalem oval. This race is an optional claiming race where you can enter for your hold to be claimed for $25,000 (three of the seven entries are for sale), or you run under the conditions of the race which is starter allowance conditions, which means your filly can run if you started for $16,000 or less and never won three races. Don’t worry, that’s a lot, and that alone would require another 900-word dissertation.
The 1 More Than Glory ran the last two races on the turf course, and those that like the turf to dirt angle may play this filly. Also, this horse is trained by top trainer Jamie Ness who wins 26% of the time his horses are entered, and ridden by Frankie Pennington, who is annually among the top riders at Parx. She won on the dirt at Horseshoe Indianapolis back in May, but it was a race planned for the turf. She didn’t do as well in the only dirt race that she was planned to enter in back in July. This filly could be flying at the end, especially if she likes the off going.
The 2 here is Lookingatlightening who has been claimed four of the last five times this filly ran. She’s been tiring in the stretch the last two times out against lesser, so I’ll be against her on Monday.
The 3 Dialherup is a filly that should be going to the front. At least she did in her sprint races. If you were to go down to her first couple of races of her career at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, she did show she could run today’s distance. But will she gun for the lead like in the last few times out?
The 4 is Social Lady and she’s favored here at 2/1 on the morning line. This is the main Jamie Ness horse, and one this race two races back with the same race conditions in a turf race that was moved to the main track in September. Don’t be afraid of that. She is a dirt runner.
Bunny Bonus is the 5 and she appears to be a horse that needs to be on the lead to win. She’s got a Beyer Speed Figure in the last race that screams that she’s going to bounce back to reality. I don’t think she will be there in the end.
The 6 is Lost Luggage and she was claimed the last two times out. She finished second in the last two races, and may hit the board here, but I am passing.
Finally, Dancing On My Own is the 7, obviously named for the Phillies over the last two years. If I was the most amateur of handicappers this would be my pick. But I am trying to be professional here! Hahahaha!
Anyways, nine of her first ten races were at 6 or 6.5 furlongs, and the race she ran going two turns doesn’t tell me much because she finished second to a filly back in March that won by 15-plus lengths. I’m going to pass on her as well.
I’m going to take a chance on the 1 More Than Glory here and she will be my pick in this race. Let’s call it 1-3-4 in the sixth race at Parx.
My wager: $10 to win on the 1.
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