Daily Horse Racing Picks – Parx – 16th February – Betting

CUP: Fortheluvofbourbon (9:28 – Parx – Race 10)
Next Best: Using Coconuts (7:13 – Parx – Race 5)
Other: Starship Laoban (7:40 – Parx – Race 6)

Bourbon to score

The 10th race on the card, a six furlong allowance event on the main track, plays host to the best bet on the parx card with Fortheluvofbourbon looking capable of delivering a sixth victory at this venue.

The selection has been in good form of late, including when finishing third, beaten four-and-a-quarter-lengths in the Blitzen Stakes over this course and distance at the end of December. Tackling a 14-horse field that day, the selection had to give best to an impressive winner in Dreams Untold.

The son of Bourbon Courage was ridden more prominently when attempting to make all the running in an allowance optional claiming contest stepping up to seven furlongs here at the start of this month. Ultimately, the five-year-old could finish only second, beaten three-quarters-of-a-length by dontmesawithmewho re-opposes in this contest, but the drop in trip can see the selection reverse that form with his rival here having finished down the field in the previously mentioned Blitzen Stakes when the pair met in December.

While Monday’s meeting at this track was called off, it’s worth noting that should inclement weather effect the Philadelphia area, the selection boasts a 66 per cent strike-rate, two wins from three starts on an off track, including when registering a victory on a sloppy track in a stakes contest here last August.

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Coconuts can break maiden

The John Servis-trained Using Coconuts looks capable of getting off the mark at the ninth time of asking in the fifth race on the card, a six furlong maiden special weight for four-year-old-and-up fillies and mares.

The daughter of Street Boss showed good form for her previous handler Josie Carroll, finishing on the board in her first four starts, including when runner-up over six-and-one-half-furlongs on a firm turf course at woodbine in early September.

However, the selection’s form tailed off somewhat subsequently, finishing sixth on her final two starts in Canada, including when beaten eight lengths over six-and-one-half-furlongs on the main track there in early December.

The change of scenery appeared to suit, given that tackling the same trip Using Coconuts came within a nose of breaking her maiden under Frankie Pennington on her debut for Servis and what was her first start at this venue at the beginning of this month.

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Laoban for starter glory

An impressive winner when scoring by twelve-and-three-quarter-lengths in a six furlong maiden claimer here in December, Jamie Ness’ Starship Laoban has finished on the board on both subsequent starts, including when beaten half-a-length over the same trip in a starter optional claimer here three weeks ago.

The daughter of laoban tackles a similar contest here and, while she has a wide draw to contend with, she looks the clear pick on form. She is taken to confirm last-time-out running with Advocate Harbor to register her second win in five career starts with the track’s leading jockey Ruben Silvera looking to improve on his 18 per cent strike-rate (20/110) at this meeting.

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