Here’s 3 stakes races at Parx, the top races of the day for Saturday, in lieu of Enlightened Trails coverage.
This posted was edited 930am PT to reflect scratches/changes announced on Saturday.
First is the Gallant Bob Stakes, 6 furlongs, G3 event for 3YOs. My top 3 here are 4-2-3
Trouble Kid 2 wins in 6,5 in the money. Best AWD numbers from pedigree (Harlan’s Holiday/Triumphantly by Mr.Greeley). Posted new tops each of last 3 races, peaking last time with 99 in a 25k allowance, winning by 9 in a 5.5 furlong race. 46% of sprinters at 6 furlongs during the meet are winners (plus winners at 13% in posts 1-7). Owns a shipping win; waiting until 8/26 to stretch.
Recount in the money all 7 races,with 5 wins, notably last years Arlington-Washington Futurity. Forged a 97 Brisnet 2 races back in a 50k ungraded race there, then bounced to 82 last time out at same level.I’m playing the bounceback angle here. Also,3 strong works at AP in prep, and decent gain on leader early on last time.
Next is the Cotillion, Grade 1 race, 8.5 furlongs for 3YOs. My top 3 are 4-5-11.
Stroke Play has 5 wins in 12 races, and 3 of 4 at Parx. Owns 94 Brisnet on this track,best of this field, achieved 2 starts ago, followed up with a 93. This deep closer is best horse as measured by pace. Prior wins gaining in class and distance. Showed gain on leader in last race, as well as increased turn time despite slightly lower speed figure.
Take Charge Brandi 5 wins in 10 races including the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies,the Delta Downs Princess, the Starlet and the Mount Washington, all consecutive. Best AWD numbers (Giant’s Causeway/Charming, by Seeking The Gold). 3 bullet works out of 5 strong efforts in prep. Nice early effort in the Test last time before folding to last of 10.
Suggested odds: Frosted 3-1; War Story 9-2 (overlay); Island Town 7-1; Madefromlucky 7-1; Tommy Macho 7-1; Upstart 6-1; Mr.Z 10-1.