Written by Daniel Benjamin
Race 2- Starter Allowance $25,000 (Purse -$27,000)
Six fillies and mares will go seven furlongs on the dirt. This race appears to be a two-horse race between #3 Dance and Dance and #5 Dreamer’s Moon. Both runners have run well this year although each filly is coming off a long layoff. Dance and Dance is my pick here as she has a 30% win rate as well as a 70% WPS percentage on the turf. The 4-year-old filly finished second at this level the last time out on March 10. Dance and Dance has run well at Parx and will have jockey Luis Ocasio, who has won four of his last 11 starts at the track, onboard. Dreamer’s Moon has won two of her three races this year which includes coasting to a seven and one-half furlong victory the last time out on February 17. The 4-year-old Pennsylvania filly also has run well at this distance in her two previous starts. I expect #1 Dazzle Me and #2 Strega Nonna, to battle to fill out the bottom of the ticket with the other two entries -- #4 Whitney Cove along with #6 Marvella racing for the first time this year.
Picks: I will take an exacta box of #3, #5. I also will take a value show bet on #1.
Race 6- Maiden Special Weight (Purse -$40,000)
This field of 11 fillies will go six furlongs. I expect this race to be an exciting one with four horses having the capability of breaking their maiden. 1A Arima has been fairly consistent in her last four outings and is coming off a fourth-place finish against similar foes going six and one-half furlongs at Belmont Park earlier this month, which was her first start in over three months. The 3-year-old Kentucky filly has finished in the top 3 in 50% of her races at Parx and this distance appears to suit her just fine. Jockey Eric Cancel is having a career season in the saddle with a 16% win percentage along with a 44% WPS percentage. #2X Girard is making her first start outside of Florida, where she recorded two third-place finishes in three starts at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old Kentucky filly, who will be on the left side of Arima in post 9, is coming off a four-month layoff. #6 Fastroadhead has a decent early pace. The 3-year-old Pennsylvania filly is coming off a four-month layoff but she has two second-place finishes in her last three starts. #7 Keepmyeyeontheboys is the most experienced of the runners and has placed in the top 3 in 41.6% of her career starts. #5 Bucky Be Lucky and #2 Pharaoh's Daughter are also horses to consider in exotic bets.
Picks: I will go with an exacta bet of #1A, #2X, #6, #7. I also like a show bet on the #6 and #7.
Race 10 - Starter Allowance $40,000 (Purse $28,000)
This six-colt and gelding race, which is slated to go one mile, should be a strong one. I believe that this should be a four-horse race though I like #3 Court Sky the best. While Court Sky has not recorded a top 3 this year and making his debut at Parx, he has been pretty consistent with three straight ESpeed ratings of at least 80. The 3-year-old colt is coming off a fourth-place finish, edging #4 Bellarmine Hall by over three lengths, in a one-mile allowance race at Laurel Park on May 31. Expect Luis Ocasio to get the speedy Court Sky to the front early and if he is unhinged, it could lead to a coast to coast victory. #2 Occhi d’Oro has also been pretty consistent this year and rallied for a third-place finish in a six and one-half furlongs in an allowance race at Charles Town on May 21. The 3-year-old colt has two third-place finishes in four outings this year. #4 Bellarmine Hall has one win at this distance and finished second in his previous lone appearance at Parx. #1 Starling Prince should finish off the ticket though he has been off for 119 days.
Picks: I like an exacta box of #3, #4, #2. You can add the #1 if you would rather go with a trifecta box.