Parx Horse Racing Picks for Monday 7/6/20
With most of the sports world on pause, it's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.
Starting at 12:55 p.m. EST, we have nine races at Parx. Using our numberFire projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets.
As always, keep an eye out for scratches and changes.
(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions).
Storm Babe, Race 1
FanDuel Racing Odds: 4/1
The day begins with a $16K Maiden Claimer for fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs. Storm Babe (4/1) has not raced in 13 months and has 5 runner-up finishes in 13 starts. One of those was a loss by a nose as part of four straight second-place finishes. She led handily in the stretch running on the lead and will now try to hold up. She's freshened for a good 2020 debut.
Symphony of Love (7/2) was a well-beaten second two weeks ago with a 58 speed figure and now returns quickly. Her speed figures are slightly slower than the top pick but will press the pace.
Russian Melody (3/1) is lightly raced with just three career starts and the last in March. She has some solid morning works elsewhere leading into her Parx debut.
The favorite Better Begin (5/2) has run better in turf routes at Gulfstream and now debuts at Parx off a four-month layoff. She is the top pick at numberFire.
Rol Again Question, Race 6
Fix Me a Sandwich, Race 6
FanDuel Racing Odds: 5/2
FanDuel Racing Odds: 12/1
This Allowance race drew seven runners going 6 furlongs, and we’ll try to beat the favorite Popizar (9/5), who is the top choice at Daily Horse Picks. He won three times at Parx last year and also has three runner-up finishes, including a pair earlier this year hitting a 100 speed figure. He's a logical inclusion but was unable to win earlier this year closing from off the pace into fast fractions. Hot Vega barn also makes Popizar a popular choice.
Rol Again Question (5/2) is preferred, and this 7-year-old has 12 wins in 32 starts, including his last race in March at Tampa Bay. He also won last fall at Parx and is 3-for-3 over the track winning each of the last three years. Another strong effort running up front or pressing the pace is expected.
Klingon Warrior (7/2) tops the speed and pace figures at Daily Horse Picks and makes his 2020 debut. He won a smaller claiming race here in January on the front end.
Fix Me a Sandwich (12/1) is interesting at a price. He is the second choice at numberFire and blew away the field on the front end in a claiming race here in February. He then missed the board in two more starts that month. He also won an Allowance race here by margin in December, and both those wins produced triple-digit speed figures. He's now been reclaimed by Taylor barn with some strong morning works in place for return.
Deal Driven (10/1) makes his 2020 debut and won his last three races at Parx the second half of last year. Those included triple-digit speed figures and a win in the Parx Hall of Fame Starter Handicap.
Minister’s Strike, Race 7
FanDuel Racing Odds: 9/5
King Koa (8/5) and Minister’s Strike (9/5) battle for favoritism in this 1-mile $16K Claiming race on the turf. That’s if King Koa draws into the field and only if the race is moved to the main track, which is slightly possible with some thunderstorms potentially hitting Parx. The field of 10 also includes an Entry of Terry’s Charm and Senor Louie (9/2)
Minister’s Strike has nine turf wins, including one week ago at Laurel in his 2020 debut. He showed a strong kick from off the pace going very wide and coming home with a 96 speed figure. He'll be bet as the favorite, and implied odds at FanDuel Racing suggest a 36% chance to win.
Trilogy (5/1) ran so well her last year with a pair of wins and three runner-up finishes and some 90s speed figures.
Machtree (7/2) should be better second off a layoff having run three weeks ago. Three solid runner-up finishes here later last year also includes a pair of low 90s speed figures. Off the pace looking to pounce, he'll become the preferred pick at numberFire should King Koa scratch and not enter.