We have a small card on Tuesday, with three race tracks open for wagering at BetOnline today. It was a big day for a Monday yesterday because of Presidents’ Day. It was nice to have a big card early in the week. The schedule settles down today, but it’s the calm before the storm coming in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The $20,000,000 Saudi Cup is scheduled to be completed, with horses getting final workouts in this week before the gate opens on the richest race in the world. As far as Tuesday is concerned, Fair Grounds has a fairly big card for a weekday. We have you covered in New Orleans with a few picks.
Note that Philadelphia is not impacted by the winter storm blanketing several states. There is however a chance of rain on Tuesday, so the track could be sloppy. That is always something to keep in mind. Head below for our free Parx Racing picks for February 16, 2021.
Post Time: 1:19 p.m. EST
We will begin the day at Parx with Race 3 on the main track. Seven horses are expected to participate, with Lucky Imagination and Borderline Genius horses to keep on your watchlist. Lucky Imagination is looking for improved form after finishing 4th, 3rd, 5th, 4th, 4th following a win on September 7.
In her most recent entry, Lucky Imagination finished 4th in a $25,000 event. Prior to that outing, she was 4th in a $35,000 assignment. Stepping down in class didn’t do much for Lucky Imagination. Borderline Genius should provide Lucky Imagination with a strong challenge in the stretch. She defeated Tilsa by a length in a $21,000 event on January 27.
That was an impressive display for this $200,000 horse who is just getting started in her career. The idea is to run well at Parx and then transfer to a bigger track. Parx doesn’t attract the best horses in the country, and I’m sure Borderline Genius’s connections are hoping for success and a quick exit. That will most certainly require a win at the $25,000 level. I will put my support behind Borderline Genius getting it done and advancing her career forward on Tuesday.
Post Time: 1:46 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
A mile and 70 yards for a $17,000 purse is the basis for Race 4 at Parx. Ten horses are expected to arrive at the gate for this event. Star Luck and Call Fitzroy are two horses that should be worthy of consideration. Call Fitzroy is winless in 11 attempts in his career. However, he is coming off his best performance since placing 2nd on August 6 as a first-time starter.
Call Fitzroy came close on January 27, as he placed 2nd behind Markofthemaker by 1 ½ lengths in a pretty nice effort at the $17,000 level. Call Fitzroy wisely stays in the same class and will take another crack at getting to the winner’s circle on Tuesday afternoon. He should run a sharp race against this company, with Star Luck on the inside possibly bothering him.
Star Luck is winless in 14 races, going 2nd, 7th, 3rd, 5th in her previous four trips. She showed 3rd on December 14 in her best effort most recently. Star Luck finished 3rd in a $17,000 race behind Lynard by a head, and only a head and a neck away from the winner.
That race could have gone to anyone in the stretch, Star Luck was just unlucky. He came back on December 28 to finish 5th in a $21,000 event, so it is back down in class to $17,000, a race he can certainly win. Star Luck has looked great in prep work for this race, completing 4 furlongs in 47.67 and 49.58 seconds. This gelding has a better chance of winning than the morning-line indicates.
Post Time: 3:34 p.m. EST
Our final selection at Parx is another $17,000 on the dirt. This time covering 7 furlongs. Ten horses are expected to participate, with Won the Case and Jupi’s Lightning likely showing up well on Tuesday. Jupi’s Lightning is searching for a hat-trick on Tuesday after winning back-to-back outings on December 21 and November 13.
He beat Too Much Johnnie by a length in a $18,000 event. Jupi’s Lightning was able to follow up to defeat House Arrest by a neck in another $18,000 race. The public money didn’t really believe in him in either race, but he showed them wrong. Jupi’s Lightning is a winner in three of his previous four races as well.
Won the Case is 5 for 28 in his career, finishing 1st, 3rd, 5th, 1st in four performances. He is coming off a win of his own just six days ago on February 10. Won the Case defeated Spring Emperor by a head for a $19,000 purse. This was after Won the Case was 5th in a $22,000 event, and 3rd in a $15,000 assignment.
He was also a winner on December 30. Won the Case beat These Blues in an impressive 5 length win in a $50,000 race. He was clear by the top of the stretch and carried on to pull away. Won the Case may have to fight off Jupi’s Lightning in the stretch, but I like his chances on these terms for a $17,000 prize.