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Racing expert Sweet Lou Monaco's picks for Race 8 at Parx Racing

The first weekend of the New Year is in the books, as we start a new week at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania for a $50,000 allowance optional claiming race (purse: $49,000) for 4-year-olds and up for fillies and mares over six furlongs on the dirt.

The field of 7 will go to gate for race 8 on the 9-race card with an approximate post time of 3:34 p.m. ET.

#2, Saint Main Event, Christopher DeCarlo, 3-1

This will be her 28th career start (6-4-7) as she looks for her first win since an allowance optional claiming race here on Jan. 12, 2019. In her last, she finished fifth in an AOC race here on May 20. Five of her last six starts have come at Parx. Christopher DeCarlo has the mount for trainer Todd Pletcher at some nice odds. The pick.

#7, Honor Way, Eric Cancel, 8-5

She has won two of her last three and finished in the money in three of her last four starts, including a win in her last, a starter allowance race at Aqueduct by 3 ½ lengths as the second choice on Nov. 22. This will be her first race at Parx in his 32nd career start (9-5-5). Eric Cancel gets the call for trainer Charlton Baker. Runner-up.

#5, Mess’n Around, Edwin Gonzalez, 6-1

Today marks her 20th career start (7-2-4) as she is coming off a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel Park on Dec. 28. A start prior, she finished first in a starter allowance race here on Nov. 19. She has finished in the money in four of her last five starts. This will be her sixth race at Parx (2-1-1) and her record indicates that she has taken a liking to the surface. Edwin Gonzalez gets the call for trainer Timothy Kreiser. Contender.

#6, Fillupcohensapiker, Angel Rodriguez, 4-1

She has finished in the money (two third-place finishes) in just her last eight starts. She is looking for her first win since an AOC race here back on Nov. 18, 2018. She has raced in the last three editions of the Tax Free Shopping Distaff Stakes (her only stakes appearances) at Delaware Park, finishing 5th last year and runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2017. Angel Rodriguez gets the mount for Joseph Taylor. This will be her third straight start at Parx. In the mix.

PICKS: 2-7-5-6

By Lou Monaco


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