Horse Racing picks for Parx race track on Tuesday, October 17: Nimitz Class can sink rivals

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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 Tuesday, 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 +165.35 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.

1:34 pm ET Parx (Race 3) – Uncle Jake 2/1 (2-star play)

The son of Uncle Mo has shown good form in 4 starts since joining the Brittany Russell barn, including when breaking his maiden by 9.5 lengths over a mile at Laurel in March.

The 3-year-old registered his best effort in 3 starts since when a length 2nd in a similar race to this over an extended mile at Delaware Park in August. The drop in trip today shouldn’t pose any issues and he is taken to make all under Jevian Toledo. 

3:49 pm ET Parx (Race 8) – Masrour 5/2 (2-star play)

The 4-year-old showed good winning form when completing a 4-timer at Parx when taking a starter allowance contest over 6.5 furlongs early last month. The gelding faded having raced prominently when 4.5-lengths 5th stepped up to 7 furlongs on a sloppy track at this venue subsequently.

Regular pilot Dexter Haddock retains the ride and, dropping back to 6.5 furlongs, he looks up to returning to the winner’s enclosure to help Ruperto A Perez improve on his 15% strike-rate (26/175) at this meeting.

4:26 pm ET Parx (Race 9) – Nimitz Class 5/2 (2-star play)

Trainer Bruce M Kravets boasts an impressive 28% strike-rate (5/18) at this meeting and his representative looks capable of delivering a stakes win following a 1.75-length victory in a mile stakes contest on a sloppy track at Parx last month.

The colt had finished runner-up in 3 consecutive appearances prior to that, including in a Monmouth Park Grade 3 contest over a mile in June, and he is taken to return to winning ways under Frankie Pennington. 


Early Pick 3

Race 1: 4, 5
Race 2: 1, 3
Race 3: 1, 4

Stake: $2
Total stake: $16

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