Horse Betting Weekly Preview: Parx Racing & Laurel Park

Monday, September 16, 2019 2:13 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 16, 2019 2:13 PM UTC

Laurel Park in Maryland and Parx Racing in Pennsylvania are this week's horse racing betting highlights.
<p>The countdown to this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park the first weekend in November is officially underway. The results of a few of the top graded stakes races on this week’s card could have a direct impact on the actual fields for more than a few Breeders’ Cup events.</p><p>One in particular is the annual Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. This is one of the most prestigious races in the Keystone State all season long. Laurel Park in Maryland is also in the mix this Saturday with a key turf race as well as a six-furlong sprint on the dirt.</p><p><a href=";book=Picks-Rating-Guide" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><div><h2><strong>Laurel Park’s Saturday Card</strong></h2><p>While Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is known for hosting the Preakness Stakes as the second jewel of the Triple Crown racing season, Laurel Park offers competitive Thoroughbred racing during its live meets. Located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. this track is the place to be this Saturday for horse betting fans.</p><p>The first of two Grade 3 events on Saturday’s card is the $200,000 Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup. Open to three-year and older thoroughbreds, this race will be contested on the turf track at Laurel over a distance of one mile. Past winners of this event include Projected in 2017 and Doctor Murphy in last year’s race. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Talk Horse Racing at SBR's Betting Forum">The lineup for this year’s race continues to take shape</a>.</p><p>The other graded event at Laurel Park this Saturday is the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. This six-furlong sprint is also open to three-year and older thoroughbreds. This race will be contested on the dirt track at Laurel. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the premier sprints in the nation. This year’s field should attract more than a few of the best speed horses in the race game today.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Coming up on September 21 ⬇ &lt;br /&gt;🐎 $1M Cotillion Stakes @ Parx&lt;br /&gt;🐎 $1M Pennsylvania Derby @ Parx&lt;br /&gt;🐎 $250k De Francis Memorial @ Laurel Park&lt;br /&gt;🐎 $200k International Turf Cup @ Laurel Park&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;@watchwagerwin at &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@WesternOTB&lt;/a&gt;, EZ BET, Batavia Downs Simulcast, Dial-a-Bet (1-800-724-4000) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Western Regional OTB (@WesternOTB) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;16 de setembro de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Parx Racing Saturday Card</strong></h2><p>The highlight of Saturday’s race card at Parx Racing (formally Philadelphia Park) is the Pennsylvania Derby. However, the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes is an automatic “win and you’re in” qualifier for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff.</p><p>With a total prize purse of $1 million, this event is open to three-year old fillies. It will be contested on the dirt at a distance of 1 1/16 miles. The early field at Horse Racing Nation lists 10 fillies as probable. At the top of the list with a HRN rating of 7.59 is Jaywalk.</p><p>Trained by John Service, this three-year old Kentucky-bred filly is coming off a second-place finish to Horologist in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 17. This followed a victory in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in early July at Delaware Park. Going back to summer of last year, she has placed in the money eight times in 10 races with five victories.</p><p>Trainer John Mazza has Horologist listed as probable for Saturday as does trainer Chad Brown for his top entry Guarana coming off a victory at Saratoga on July 21.</p><p>Moving to the probable field for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby, the one to watch in this race is Maximum Security in light of his recent victory in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 20. Trained by Jason Servis, this three-year old Kentucky-bred colt has his sites on the Breeders’ Cup Classic as the highlight of that two-day, 14-race event.</p><p>Also expected in this Saturday’s field is trainer Bob Baffert’s Improbable and Mark Casse’s War of Will in what <a href="" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Picks">should be a highly competitive field</a>.</p></div>
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