National Racing Rundown
Monday, January 29, 2018
by John Piassek
It was a crazy weekend of racing, with Gun Runner going out a winner in the Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, followed by the mandatory payout in Gulfstream Park’s rainbow pick 6 on Sunday. Now, we’re back to the ol’ grind on this Monday afternoon, featuring a four-pack of tracks:
TRACKS RACING MONDAY:
PARX RACING: 9 races, 74 horses, first post time 12:25 PM EST
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE: 9 races, 80 horses, first post time 12:45 PM EST
TURF PARADISE: 8 races, 68 horses, first post time 2:40 PM EST
PORTLAND MEADOWS: 8 races (7 thoroughbred), 65 horses, first post time 3:00 PM EST
PARX RACING (BENSALEM, PA): 46*F, Cloudy
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE (YOUNGSTOWN, OH): 41*F, Cloudy
TURF PARADISE (PHOENIX, AZ): 81*F, Sunny
PORTLAND MEADOWS (PORTLAND, OR): 56*F, Showery
SPOTLIGHT RACES OF THE DAY:
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE: RACE 7
POST TIME: 3:33 PM EST
This race features a field of nine open $10,000 claimers going one mile. The favorite figures to be the 2, Colony Classic. He won five races from eighteen starts last year, including scores for tags of $4,000, $5,000, and $8,000. Last time out, he was on a fast pace against tougher n/w1x allowance company, but hung in well to finish fourth, beaten just a length. He’s drawn close to the inside here, so with his early speed, he could end up getting an advantageous trip on the front end.
The 5, Eskendulce, is also one of note. He’s won three races in a row, climbing up the same class ladder as Colony Classic. Look for him to stalk the pace on the outside, and pounce on Colony Classic should that one tire out. The 7, Badabing Badaboom, is taking a big drop in class, down from the n/w3x allowance level. He finished fifth and third, respectively, in those two races at that level, and will be coming from behind in this spot. The 8, Handsup Moneydown, has been third in three races in a row, and now stretches out around two turns.
PARX RACING: RACE 8
POST TIME: 3:34 PM EST
Right on the heels of the feature at Mahoning Valley, Parx offers a field of ten n/w2x Pennsylvania-bred allowance horses going a mile. The 3, Koan, dominated a n/w1x field of PA-breds two races back, winning by nine lengths. Incredibly, he did so at 67/1. Last out, he tried to wire a field of similar horses to today, but ended up fading to finish third. He will likely to employ a similar strategy as today. The 6, Car Fifty Four, is coming off a win against open n/w1x horses, and has only missed the board once from ten races at Parx. The 7, These Blues, has won two out of his last three. In those two victories, he won by 8 1/4 lengths and 6 1/4 lengths, respectively.
TURF PARADISE: RACE 7
POST TIME: 5:37 PM EST
This race features nine n/w1x 3-year-olds sprinting six furlongs. Two of them have never lost a race before, and they’re both on the outside. The 8, Buggy Brown, has won two races in a row, both of them coming here at Turf Paradise. He figures to show speed from the outside. The 9, Whatwasithinking, ships down from Golden Gate Fields, where he made a bold five-wide move to win his debut by three lengths. He’s had two workouts since shipping to Arizona, going five furlongs in a blazing 35 2/5 seconds in the first one.
The 5, Oldtoytrain, is stakes-placed, having finished second in an Arizona-bred race two starts back. Unfortunately for him, he laid an egg against tougher in the Lost in the Fog Stakes last out. He’ll seek a rebound here. The 4, John Arnold, has won two races in a row, including a win at this level last out after setting a blazing early pace. The 2, Oh Brother Jack, has raced in stakes company four times in a row coming in here. Most recently, he was a distant third in the Startac Stakes, which was his second career attempt on turf. He should rate off the pace from the inside.