With Super Sunday and the recovery day on Monday in the rearview mirror, we can move on to more of a regular sports betting schedule. It will have to be without football, but March Madness is right around the corner. I should be more specific. If you like FCS football then you are going to love the news that they’re playing spring football. I’m surprised I hear no one talk about the FCS kicking off soon.
Anyway, there is more than enough horse racing in the coming weeks and months for fans of the ponies. The Saudi Cup is quickly approaching in two weeks, while the Road to the Kentucky Derby is underway. The first 100-point prep race for the Derby is on March 20 at Fair Grounds with the running of the Louisiana Derby. We will open the day at Parx in Philadelphia, where they have ten races on the card for a total of $209,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Parx Racing picks for February 9, 2021.
Post Time: 12:25 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 1 is our first attempt at Parx on Tuesday afternoon. Nine horses are expected to participate, with Passport Required and Fine One Won top contenders to find a lane into the winner’s circle. Passport Required is 2 for 15 in her career, and has settled in for some consistency recently. She has finished in the top-3 in four of her previous five outings.
In her last two, Passport Required has placed and won, showing nice improvement and first win since June 8, 2019. She placed 2nd behind Go Metro Girl by ¾ lengths on December 14 in a $18,000 event. Passport Required came back on January 4 to beat Ain’t None Lucky by a head in a $18,000 race.
Passport Required stays right where she’s comfortable in a $18,000 assignment on Tuesday. This looks like a spot where Passport Required and Fine One Won could get into a battle in the stretch. Fine One Won has finished 3rd, 8th, 4th, 1st in his previous four outings. She showed nice improvement from a $21,000 to a $18,000 event on January 4 in her most recent appearance.
After finishing 4th in a higher class, Fine One Won beat Smokin Princess by 5 ¾ lengths. She was well clear going into the stretch by 10 lengths. Fine One Won geared down and allowed others to catch up and make the score a little more respectable, but it was a blowout. That kind of performance would be sufficient on Tuesday.
Post Time: 1:19 p.m. EST
Race 3 is our next stop at Parx on Tuesday, with ten horses vying for another $18,000 purse in Philadelphia. Kit Kat Katie and Triple Jump are two runners that must be watched closely in the stretch. They are both coming from the outside, but in solid form at the moment and running well. Kit Kat Katie is 2 for 15 in her career, which dates back to May of 2019.
She hasn’t found the winner’s circle since September 3, with results of 7th, 7th, 7th, 4th, 2nd since then. Kit Kat Katie’s last appearance on January 26 was solid, placing 2nd behind Our Lady of Loreto by 9 ¾ lengths in a $18,000 event. Solid is fine, but it may not be good enough to get into the winner’s circle on Tuesday. She is certainly going to have a chance to strike, though.
Triple Jump has finished top-3 in four straight races, and in three of those four outings she placed 2nd. In her last two outings, Triple Jump placed 2nd behind Cawaja Time by 1 length in a $19,000 event, and then placed 2nd behind Mighty Electrica by a length in a $20,000 race. Triple Jump steps down in class and should be close at the wire.
Post Time: 4:01 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
The feature race at Parx is a mile and 70 yards on the dirt for a $41,000 purse. Irish Cork and Flat Out Beautiful are strong considerations to reach the winner’s circle on Tuesday. Irish Cork is 3 for 12 in his career, and in some fine form recently. He has finished in the top-3 in nine straight outings, including wins on September 22 and October 20 for two in a row. Since winning as a 5/2 favorite in October, Irish Cork came up short as a 9/2 and 3/1 horse on December 8 and January 5th at Parx.
Irish Cork is going to have a chance in this event, though it doesn’t get any easier from those two races. She is going to find it tough against Flat Out Beautiful who is dropping in class for the first time since winning on November 11. In her next two performances, Flat Out Beautiful faltered back to 5th and 9th. Despite those losses, she should find this race a lot easier, and her work in the morning has been impressive. I’d side with a play on Flat Out Beautiful to win.