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Race 3 - Maiden SpecialWeight (Purse -$40,000)

Seven fillies are slated to go one mile on the dirt. All seven horses have a race in hand.

#1 Ellera is looking to improve on a decent debut at Laurel Park and is stretching out from six furlongs. Ellera got off to a slow start her last time out but still finished second in a very small field. She has been sensational in training sessions for trainer Cody Beattie, who has a career strike rate of 16% and a 48% WPS percentage.

#5 Miss Moon Pie makes her debut at Parx after a sixth-place showing at Monmouth as she tired during a six-furlong race after being fractious at the gate. The daughter of Malibu Moon did put up a recent quality training session and will have Frankie Pennington, who has won 22% of his races and finished in the top 3 53% of the time this year, in the irons.

#4 Solid Gold Dancer showed big-time improvement in her second career outing and has experience at Parx and distance. Solid Gold Dancer actually won her last raced but was disqualified to third for impeding Magicallydelicious, who is also in this event.

Picks: I like a winning bet on the #1. I also like an exacta bet of #1, #5,#4.

Race 6 - Claiming $12,500 (Purse - $20,000)

Eight male horses will go six and one-half furlongs. This should be a pretty competitive race.

#4 Graves Island continues to run well and takes a little drop-in class after finishing fourth in a six-furlong event at Penn National against $16,000-$14,000 claimers after getting off a step slow. Graves Island, who runs well in claiming events, has three wins at this distance and six at Parx.

#8 Baduke has been pretty good this year with two wins in three starts, which includes defeating $5,000 claimers at this distance in driving fashion despite getting off to a slow start. The 7-year-old gelding has a 66.7% strike rate at this distance.

#1 Manolete is very good when he “is on” and not so much when “he is not”. The 6-year-old, a son of Mineshaft, has two victories in six tries this year.

Picks: I like an exacta box of #4,#8.

Race 8 - Claiming $12,500 (Purse -$19,000)

Nine geldings will go one mile and 70 yards. This race feels like it is #5 Gray Gary’s to lose.

#5 Gray Gary, along with #4 Boat Over the Hill, is one of the youngest in the field and has a 57.1% strike rate this year as well as a career 75% WPS percentage. He is coming off a win at Delaware Park against $16,000 claimers in a mile event as the favorite following a huge burst in the stretch after going five wide. Gray Gary, who is 1-for-1 at the current distance, is the fastest of the competitors and has won all three of his races at the claiming level.

#3 Grand Oasis has been very consistent and while he hasn’t gotten many results, the 5-year-old Ontario gelding also hasn’t finished worse than fourth in 11 straight events. Grand Oasis runs well at this distance and has a lot of experience at this distance. Jockey Jann Hernandez and Leslye Bouchard have won 29% of their races together.

#7 Yondering has run well recently, finishing in the money in each of his last three events. Yondering finished a neck in back of Gray Gary at this distance and level two starts back. The 6-year-old son of Medaglia D’Oro has Roberto Rosado, who has nearly a 50% WPS percentage this year, in the irons.

Picks: I like a win bet on #5.

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