Horse Racing picks for Parx race track on Monday, October 30: Scintillating Star can shine

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Martin Pennington

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American racing handicapper for Pickswise with decades of experience tipping on horse racing all around the world. My favorite ever horse was British runner Quevega and always on the lookout for the next one to capture my attention. Have contributed to the Racing Post newspaper in the UK and now bringing my handicapping talents to Pickswise. For Martin Pennington media enquiries, please email

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Monday, including at Parx race track in Philadelphia. We have been in fine form with our picks for a long time now and we are up +144.55 units with our race selections to our recommended stakes dating back to August 5, 2021. Let’s keep it rolling!

Here are our best bets for today’s action at Parx race track.

12:40 pm ET Parx (Race 1) – Take It To The Max 8/5 (2-star play)

This daughter of Uptowncharlybrown broke her maiden when contesting a $10,000 maiden claimer over 6 furlongs at Parx in June. The 3-year-old went on to register her first victory against previous winners when scoring by 3 lengths in a $7,500 claiming contest over 6.5 furlongs there earlier this month. 

The pick tackles a similar contest today with regular pilot Anthony Y Nunez again in the saddle and with a good gate, 3 off the rail, she looks capable of following up. 

3:22 pm ET Parx (Race 7) – Scintillating Star 3/1 (2-star play)

This 4-year-old filly joined the Richard Vega barn having been claimed following an impressive 5.5-length victory in a $12,500 claiming event over 6 furlongs at Parx in February.

The Mineshaft filly registered her first victory in 4 starts for the stable when making all the running to deliver a 1.25-length success in a similar contest last month. The pick arrives after a pair of 3-furlong works and looks up to recording her fourth career success.  

4:26 pm ET Parx (Race 9) – Baziga C 3/1 (2-star play)

This filly placed in a Listed stakes contest when racing over 7 furlongs at Laurel on her final start of 2022. The selection was beaten 3.5 lengths on that occasion and joined the Brittany T Russell barn prior to making her 2023 debut last month.

That effort saw the daughter of Exaggerator finish runner-up in a 6-furlong allowance optional claimer at Pimlico, and with the extra distance today being no issue, she is taken to go one better. 


Early Pick 3

Race 1: 1, 3
Race 2: 3, 4
Race 3: 1, 3

Stake: $2
Total stake: $16

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