We are back to a regular schedule on Tuesday following Martin Luther King Day. Yesterday was a holiday, so there was a full host of horse racing across the US. We’re back down to three racetracks on Tuesday at Delta Downs, Parx, and Turf Paradise. Handicappers may not like the smaller card, but those racecourses certainly appreciate not having to deal with the likes of Aqueduct Racetrack and Santa Anita Park.
This week is the lead up to the $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. The biggest horse to receive an invite, Charlatan, is passing on the Pegasus and being pointed straight to the Saudi Cup in February. He could have raced in both, but coming off an injury from earlier in 2020, and risking something further is too much to risk before the richest race in the world.
We will open the day at Parx Racing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Parx has a total of ten races on the dirt for a total of $221,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Parx picks for January 19, 2021.
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Race 3 is a 6-furlong event for a $18,000 purse at Parx on Tuesday afternoon. Inspiring Justice and Your Awesome Boss are horses that should be watched in this one. Inspiring Justice is 2 for 12 in his career and coming off one of the best efforts of his career on December 22. In his previous five entries, Inspiring Justice has gone 1st, 8th, 6th, 9th, 1st.
In his most recent performance, he beat Admiral Eastwood by 6 ¼ lengths in a $18,000 event. That was impressive and was a nice response after finishing 9th in a $21,000 race. The class drop did him well. Note that Inspiring Justice remains in the same class today, so another win at this level seems reasonable.
Your Awesome Boss is 2 for 9 in his career, having finished 1st, 2nd, 6th, 4th, 3rd in his previous five outings. He won on August 31 in a $18,000 event over Too Much Johnnie by 6 ½ lengths. He hasn’t been able to get back into the winner’s circle, but is still running nicely. In his most recent entry, Your Awesome Boss showed 3rd in a $19,000 outing. The last time Your Awesome Boss ran in a $18,000 event he was a winner. Expect him to do the same on Tuesday.
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Race 5 is a $25,000 event covering a mile on the dirt. Shooger Ray Too and And Seek should run a sharp race on Tuesday afternoon. Shooger Ray Too is in good form recently, with three straight performances in the top-2. He beat Bodie’s Dance by 2 ½ lengths in a $25,000 event on August 17, and then followed up to place 2nd in back-to-back outings on October 14 and December 23. In the first of those two outings, Shooger Ray Too placed behind Hibachi by 1 ¼ lengths, and then came back to place behind First Citizen by 4 ½ lengths.
And Seek gets the inside rail out of the gate is coming off two productive outings, though hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since March of 2019. In his most recent outings, And Seek placed 2nd behind Comedian by a neck in a $29,500 assignment, and then most recently placed again, this time behind Welling in a $33,628 event by 1 ¼ lengths. Down in class for this Tuesday assignment, and considering the form that he’s right now, And Seek has to be worth a look.
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Race 8 is our final selection in Philadelphia on Tuesday. This is the second biggest event at Parx on Tuesday afternoon. For $27,000, eight horses are expected to run a mile and 70 yards on the dirt. Runningforhome and Magic Michael are on my shortlist for the top prize. Runningforhome has finished in the top-3 in five straight, including four of those races were top-2.
That stretch also had two wins for Runningforhome on August 31 and September 26. In his most recent win, Runningforhome beat Colonel Juan by 1 ¾ lengths in a $30,900 event and then showed 3rd and placed 2nd in his next two. Runningforhome placed 2nd behind Skipin On Orchard by a half length in his most recent performance for a $27,000 purse. Expect Runningforhome to get close in this outing.
Magic Michael is 3 for 13 and looking for one more win on Tuesday to complete a hat-trick. He defeated Hold My Call by ¾ lengths in a $28,000 event after Magic Michael rallied from 3rd at the top of the stretch to bypass the field at the wire. Magic Michael followed up to beat Perfect Revenge by 3 ¼ lengths in a $22,000 race. That was too easy, with Magic Michael taking over at the top of the stretch and clearing the field. In good form at the moment, I’m backing Magic Michael for the win.