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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s a Great Race for the Irish

Today's Big A feature is a wide open allowance sprint for filly and mares at the hybrid 6-1/2 furlong trip boiling down to a battle between the Irish; the Sweepstakes filly and the Whisper filly. Which will be the luckiest? Not sure until the latch is sprung but we do believe that at post time, Irish Whisper (6-1) will offer the better value. That's the only way we can split them.

The state-bred Iroquois wasn't the easiest return spot coming off a six month layup but when you're forced to check inside losing all chance, well, the only hope is that you get something, anything, out of the effort.

Well, Jose Ortiz is willing to take the re-ride and Jeremiah Englehart is 21% effective in LAY-2 scenarios, positive signs. Adding a sharp subsequent blowout for her second start, she returns to the surface and trip of her lifetime best Energy Rating and the price should be fair.

Taking Irish Whisper to win at 5-1 or greater, an exacta box with Irish Sweepstakes (5-1), and adding Ave's Halo (15-1) and Atlantic's Smile (6-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1643

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishes: 494-321-255

Amount Wagered: $3,286 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,382.80

Profit to Date: $96.80

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nasa Reaches for the Stars at Parx

I'll do anything to get off this awful strea of seconditis, even a stakes race for South Carolina-breds racing at Parx.

Don't ask.

Actually, the race for juvenile fillies going 6-1/2 furlongs is the Chris Elser MemorIal Stakes, a race that takes me back to the Smarty Jones era. That's because Nasa (3-1) is owned by Someday Farm and trained by John Servis. But the filly can stand on her own merit today.

She broke maiden by nearly 10 vs. opens at Laurel going 7F after getting first-Lasix, and has worked very well for this returning at a demanding distance but with good spacing and retaining the talented Kendrick Carmouche.

Fast on Energy Ratings and developing nicely, we're taking Nasa to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing exactas with impressive maiden breaker Kensington Kid (6-1) and the experienced Duff (4-1);

Number of Selections since 2007: 1642

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishes: 494-321-254

Amount Wagered: $3,284 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,382.80

Profit to Date: $98.80

For our complete analysis of today's 123bet Pick 6 fantasy wager from Parx, click on

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ever Hear a Kitten Roar?

The graded stakes season, and the turf season, is winding down so grass racing fans will have 1-3/8 miles to enjoy today's G3 Red Smith Handicap.

I have this this m9ovie before, the class master that drops significanty while toting high weight; they don't win as often as post time odds indicate they should.

But try as I might, I can't touch Blue Blue Kitten on paper, dropping down after being highly competitive in Grade 1s this year, meeting this kind suits, even if the deep closer with excellent late foot could be compromised.

We'll bank on the fact that speed does not usually hold in three-turn events; too classy, too fast on our Energy Ratings, all he needs is a clean trip down the center of the course. Last time he rallied between rivals; Joel Rosario, on the re-ride here, likely learning from that experience.

Take Big Blue Kitten to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with Unitarian (12-1) and the Casse trainee (6-1), a recent runnerup at Woodbine.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1641

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishes: 494-320-254

Amount Wagered: $3,282 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,382.80

Profit to Date: $100.80

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