National Racing Rundown
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
by John Piassek
Sunland Park joins the party on this Tuesday, which includes action from four tracks, including a ten-race card at Parx. Lots of fun to be had!
TRACKS RACING TUESDAY:
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE: 8 races, 71 horses, first post time 12:45 PM EST
PARX RACING: 10 races, 99 horses, first post time 12:55 PM EST
SUNLAND PARK: 9 races, 69 horses, first post time 2:30 PM EST
TURF PARADISE: 8 races, 65 horses, first post time 2:40 PM EST
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE (YOUNGSTOWN, OH): 26*F, Clear
PARX RACING (BENSALEM, PA): 40*F, Partly Cloudy
SUNLAND PARK (SUNLAND PARK, NM): 74*F, Partly Cloudy
TURF PARADISE (PHOENIX, AZ): 79*F, Sunny
CARRYOVERS OF NOTE:
MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE: $6,460 carryover in Buckeye Pick 6, starts in race 3, post time 1:40 PM EST
TURF PARADISE: $2,097 carryover in pick 6, starts in race 3, post time 3:42 PM EST
SPOTLIGHT RACES OF THE DAY:
MAHONING VALLEY RACE 6
POST TIME: 3:04 PM EST
The feature on the card in Ohio is a n/w1x allowance races for older females going six furlongs. If the 8, Trappingsforsilver, runs back to her few races, she should score. She raced at this level last out, drawing the far outside post 11. After pressing the pace and leading briefly, she faded in the stretch and ended up third. Prior to that, she had been competing against classier rivals, including n/w3x horses three races ago, and finishing well there, too. Drawing slightly closer to the inside, the hope is that she’ll be on the pace while saving more ground, and that will be the key to victory.
The 1, Pledge of Love, makes her second start off the layoff, most recently finishing second against $8,000 horses going five furlongs. Her brisnet figure took a sharp dip, down to a 76, but she had run two 86s while winning at the $5,000 level at Mountaineer Park. The 2, Ibelieveinmiracles, won against Ohio-bred allowance company three races ago, but faded after showing speed at this level last time out. She was in it until the final eighth of a mile, when she totally stopped, and hadn’t faded that badly in prior races. Looking for a better performance out of her here.
TURF PARADISE RACE 5
POST TIME: 4:47 PM EST
This race is part of a series of three claimers on the turf that Turf Paradise will run on Tuesday. Uniquely, each race charges an entry fee of $200, unique for a non-stakes race. This one drew a field of nine, and will go 1 1/16 miles.
The betting figures to concentrate around two horses: the 3, Gunslinger, and the 5, Jomelo. Gunslinger spent last year running in bottom-level claimers in Southern California, before shipping to Turf Paradise in December. He won twice at the $3,000 level on dirt, both times as the heavy favorite. Now, he’ll switch surfaces and jump up to a $6,250 tag.
Jomelo drops from the $12,500 level, where he finished fourth last time. He hasn’t won a race in almost three years; his last victory came on the grass at Santa Anita Park on May 22, 2015. Of course, he was off for 26 months at one point, and has a record of 5-0-1-0 since returning in early October. He’ll run at the lowest level he’s faced in his comeback, and his speed figures are very competitive with the rest.
SUNLAND PARK RACE 8
POST TIME: 5:29 PM EST
The feature at Sunland today is an allowance race going one mile, including two out of the top three finishers in the Winsham Lad Handicap back on January 14: winner Sky Defence, who will break from post two, and 3rd-place finisher Forest Mouse, who drew the 3-hole. Sky Defence stalked the pace from the outside and kicked away to win by almost four lengths at 8/1. Before that win, he had finished second against allowance company going short, and was a three-time winner at Prairie Meadows last summer. Forest Mouse was the 9/5 favorite in the Winsham Lad, but never fired and ended up just getting third by a neck, while finishing 4 lengths back of second. Prior to that, he scored a dead-heat victory in open allowance company, finishing 4 lengths ahead of third. He should sit mid-pack in this field.
Another contender of note is the 5, Blue Azul. He’s come in first-place three times in a row, with a disqualification at Zia Park the only thing keeping him from an official three-race winning streak. He won at six furlongs last out over this track, stalking the pace and drawing off to win by two lengths. Two races ago, he won by almost nine against n/w2L company at today’s distance.