One sport you can always depend on for action is horse racing. They never stop going, and I can’t recall a single day during this pandemic that there hasn’t been at least two racecourses offering cards. A city order is the only thing that has slowed down some tracks. That includes Golden Gate Fields most recently. They will be down until at least Friday. In any case, there are other options available, and even in the spring during the first wave, at a minimum, there was Will Rogers Downs and Fonner Park racing on Monday and Tuesday. For this Monday, we have BetOnline offering four tracks.
Indiana Grand, Mountaineer Park, Parx, and Remington Park are all expected to be racing on Monday. We have Indiana Grand already covered at TheSportsGeek if you are looking for picks from Shelbyville. Along with Indiana Grand, TheSportsGeek will be visiting Philadelphia for the Parx card to see what we can do with three horses there. Parx has ten races on the agenda worth a total of $225,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Parx Racing picks for November 16, 2020.
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Race 4 at Parx is worth $21,000 for 6 furlongs on the main track in Philadelphia. It looks like Risque’s Jewel and Ain’t None Lucky are going to be involved in the stretch run. Risque’s Jewel is winless in 14 races, but she could steal a win here against this field. It isn’t the toughest of fields, so that’s what I’m going by here. In her previous six outings, Risque’s Jewel has finished 7th, 5th, 7th, 2nd, 7th, 5th.
In her best performance in that stretch, she placed 2nd behind Congrats Answers by a half length in a $21,000 event. Since then, Risque’s Jewel finished 7th in a $34,000 race, and then 5th in a $30,000 race on October 20. Risque’s Jewel is back down at a level where she should be able to compete at. She showed 3rd in her last race in this class, so I think we should expect to see her run a close race. Will it be enough for a win, though? Risque’s Jewel will face resistance from Ain’t None Lucky.
Ain’t None Lucky is winless in seven career races, but has been running in the best form recently. She is coming off a close call at Belmont Park on October 2 in a $27,000 event against Lady Commissioner. That was a tough field, but Ain’t None Lucky handled it well enough to earn place money. Preceding that outing, Ain’t None Lucky was 5th on August 14 at Saratoga in a $38,000 event. Ain’t None Lucky was the betting favorite there, so expectations were lofty, though she couldn’t follow through. In one of the lowest classes of her career, expect Ain’t None Lucky to pick on an easier field on Monday.
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Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
A mile and 70 yards on the main track for a $18,000 purse is the highlight of Race 5 at Parx on Monday. Soul Planet and Nevisian Sunset are expected to run well in this event. Soul Planet is 2 for 22 in her career and in some of the best form of her career at the moment. She has been sharp recently, having finished 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 7th, 3rd in her previous five races. In her latest win, Soul Planet won by a nose over Le Petite Papillon in a $15,000 assignment.
She followed up to show 3rd, 7th, and most recently showed 3rd again on November 2 in a $18,000 event. The Canadian bred Soul Planet was purchased for $47,532 in 2017, and I’d say that more than two wins in 22 outings would have been ideal. If she can’t get into the winner’s circle on Monday, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see her drop back down to the $15,000 level for her next entry. Nevisian Sunset was bought for $150,000 in 2017, and she only has two wins as well.
However, Nevisian Sunset has been competing in much tougher races than Soul Planet. Nevisian Sunset has finished 2nd, 6th, 2nd, 6th in her previous four outings. She placed 2nd behind July 3 in a $32,190 event by a nose, and then 6th in a $27,000 event right after on September 22. Nevisian Sunset got back to place 2nd on October 2 at Pimlico behind Broad Storm by a half length in a $24,420 event. Nevisian Sunset will enter what should be one of the easiest races of his career on Monday. She takes a tumble in class from her previous outings. A loss would really sting here for her connections, but Nevisian Sunset should get it done.
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Race 9 is the feature race of the day at Parx, which covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $41,000 purse. Inter Miami and Thundershook will likely be involved in the stretch run in this one. Inter Miami is 4 for 10 in his career, with some up and down results of late. He finished 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st in his previous four entries. On August 31, Inter Miami lost by 8 ¼ lengths behind Fortheluvofbourbon for a $41,000 purse. Fortheluvofbourbon ran away with things after taking over at the ½ pole.
Inter Miami came back out on September 30 for a ¾ length win in the same class. That was a wire-to-wire win for Inter Miami in an awfully impressive effort. Since then, Inter Miami has been on a break, with a workout on November 1 at 5 furlongs. Inter Miami completed the workout in 1:01.87 for a respectable time. This isn’t a horse to ignore from the No. 2 post position.
The only downside for Thundershook in this event is that he caught some bad luck by getting the No. 9 hole. Thundershook is in the best form, and strongest horse in this field, but will have to fight from the outside. She is 7 for 24 in his career and on a tear recently. Thundershook has gone 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd in his previous seven races. In his last win, Thundershook beat Zoomer by a length in a $44,000 event at Pimlico on October 2.
Thundershook was unable to follow up on October 22 at Laurel Park in a $57,330 race. He was beaten by a half length after rallying late in the stretch. Despite the loss, it was still a solid performance by Thundershook. He is back down in a class where he should produce in. Despite starting from the outside, I think Thundershook can locate a win on Monday afternoon in Philadelphia.