Parx Racing Picks – Tuesday, December 8, 2020

| December 7, 2020 2:09 pm PDT

Parx Racing features ten maiden, starter, allowance, and claiming races for Tuesday.

Remember that Parx Racing permits spectators, so if you plan to attend, the forecast for Tuesday in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, calls for partly cloudy skies, highs in the low 40s, and winds around 14 mph.

While I cover the three richest Tuesday races at Parx, you can find their entire race card — including entries, jockeys, M/L odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Read on for my Parx Racing picks and betting tips for Tuesday, December 8.

Pick for Race 5 at Parx Racing

This is a claiming race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $23,000.

I’m betting on the second-favored (7/2) entry here — Buddy’s Run, ridden by Luis M. Ocasio. This four-year-old gelding moneyed nine of his 16 career starts, winning four — two of those this year. For comparison’s sake, the 3/1 morning line favorite, Ark in the Dark, hasn’t won a race since June 2019.

The longest odds in this eight-horse field are 15/1, and neither of those two horses looks likely to do anything but follow the other horses.

  •  Win: Buddy’s Run 7/2

Pick for Race 8 at Parx Racing

This is a starter allowance race for fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $27,000.

I’m sticking with the 9/5 morning line favorite here — Customerexperience, with Jaime Rodriguez aboard. This three-year-old filly moneyed five of her eight career starts, winning two of them.

I don’t see any longer-odds entries coming anywhere near the finish line in time for payday.

  •  Win: Customerexperience 9/5

Pick for Race 9 at Parx Racing

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile and 70 yards for a purse of $41,000.

The line-up in this field is pretty impressive for a claiming race, with the top four-morning line choices actually serious contenders for the win. For example, the fourth-favored (at 9/2) Irish Cork has moneyed all ten of his career starts (with three wins).

So it took me a while to decide, but I’m sticking with the 5/2 morning line favorite — Rock On Luke, with Mychel Sanchez in the irons. This four-year-old gelding finished in the money for all six of his career starts, winning two.

There are three 20/1 longshots in this race, but as much as I’d love to recommend one for a value show wager, I just can’t. Not against this field.

  •  Win: Rock On Luke 5/2

More Picks for Tuesday

Parx may have been stingy with underdogs and longshot moneymakers, but I reviewed two other tracks for Tuesday:

J.W. Paine
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