We have more horse racing on Monday at four racecourses in the US. BetOnline has three available for betting, with Mahoning Valley the one you might have to look elsewhere for. BetOnline features Parx, Turf Paradise, and Delta Downs on Monday. This is the first time I’ve seen Turf Paradise on the card in awhile. They’re back for their winter meet in the desert. I’m going to pass on Turf Paradise for now, but have some single bets at Delta Downs along with Parx Racing. There is a small $60,000 stakes race at Delta Downs on Monday, and a $28,000 race at Turf Paradise. If it’s a $28,000 purse, it is hard to call it a stakes event, though.
Parx has ten races scheduled for Monday. A pool of $271,000 is available in prize money at Parx today. Access our Delta Downs page for more horse racing picks today. Head below for our free Parx Racing picks on January 4, 2021.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. CST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
We are off to Parx in Philadelphia with Race 2 on Monday afternoon. Race 2 is for a $21,000 purse on the dirt covering a mile and 70 yards. Inspired Options and Don’t Recall should have a strong opportunity to get the win in this event. Inspired Options gets the inside rail out of the gate and should be a strong case for the winner’s circle.
He is winless in ten races, but could strike in this one. Inspired Options has finished 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 4th in his previous four performances. Two races ago Inspired Options placed 2nd behind Dream’n Demons by 7 ¾ lengths in a $24,000 assignment. It was nice to pick up the place money, but far off the pace for a win. Inspired Options finished 4th in a $21,000 event in his most recent outing on December 8.
That was disappointing to fall to 4th, but might be able to get right back near the front today. Don’t Recall has finished 6th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and is getting closer to a win. In his most recent assignment, Don’t Recall placed 2nd behind Splitzville by a neck in a $21,000 race. He’s one of the only runners in this class that has come that close to a win. For a $175,000 horse, getting close isn’t enough, though. In any case, expect Don’t Recall to cash in with a win here.
Post Time: 1:46 p.m. EST
We turn to Race 4 next at Parx Racing on Monday afternoon. Race 4 runs for a mile on the dirt for a $18,000 purse. Passport Required and Ain’t None Lucky are expected to run well in this one. Both have a solid chance of winning this assignment. Passport Required is 1 for 14 in her career, having finished 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 2nd in her last four performances.
She has gone winless in nine straight outings, but ran fairly well in her most recent race. Passport Required placed 2nd behind Go Metro Girl by ¾ lengths in a $18,000 event. That was a nice effort, but will need a little more in the tank on Monday. Ain’t None Lucky is 1 for 9 in her career, fresh off the first win of her career on December 7.
She has gone 2nd, 2nd, 1st in her last three races. Ain’t None Lucky placed 2nd behind Chub Wagon by 7 ½ lengths in a $21,000 event. After that race, Ain’t None Lucky beat Yourindenail by 3 lengths in a $17,000 assignment. This looks like another winnable race for Ain’t None Lucky.
Post Time: 2:40 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Our final selection at Parx is a 1 1/16 mile event for a purse of $19,000. Nine horses are projected to run in this race, with Royal Coup and Smirk on my shortlist to win. Royal Coup is 2 for 17 in his career, having finished 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 1st in his previous four performances. He is coming off a win on December 21.
Royal Coup beat Piggybank by a nose for a $19,000 purse. Prior to that run, Royal Coup showed 3rd in a $20,000 event, so the slight drop to a $19,000 race apparently helped a bit. Royal Coup wisely stays in the same class today and will compete for another $19,000 purse.
Smirk is looking to get back to his winning ways after going 6th and 7th in his last two performances. He didn’t do so well after transferring to Churchill Downs from Ellis Park. Ellis Park was really kind to Smirk, though. Smirk won back-to-back events on July 2 and August 21.
He beat Why Why Paul by a head for a $13,000 purse, and then responded for a 7 length win in a blowout for a $12,600 purse. The problems arrived for Smirk when he started racing for a $30,000 and $20,500 purse.
If Smirk runs how he did prior to the transfer to Churchill Downs, then a win shouldn’t be a surprise in this race. He will see much easier opponents at Parx than he did at Churchill Downs in those two races. I will side with Smirk to edge out Royal Coup at the wire.