Monday’s Best Bet: Praetorian Guard is on patrol at Parx

Monday’s 10th race at Parx Racing is an optional-claiming event for 3-year-olds traveling seven furlongs on the main track. The scheduled post time is 3:58 p.m. EST.

Click here for Parx Racing entries and results.

No. 9 Praetorian Guard (5-1) improved his speed ratings in all three local maiden starts. He dueled and edged clear in the slop on Dec. 7, and clear runner-up No. 6 No Confession (6-1) returned to romp in the slop on Jan. 3. 

No. 7 Shackinthebox (9-2) invades from Laurel Park. He broke his maiden at this distance on Nov. 4 and raced evenly in a show finish at one mile last time. He figures to stalk outside for a productive jockey-trainer team. 

No. 2 Daydreaming Boy (3-1) competed in the stakes ranks in his last pair. He completed the exacta in the Future Stars on Dec. 5 and aired in his local maiden win in the mud on Nov. 1. I am a bit concerned about this extended sprint distance. He misfired in his two attempts at seven panels. 

No. 3 Blue Royal (3-1) was dusted by Daydreaming Boy second time out, and he rolled over next-out winner Praetorian Guard last time. He should impact the pace. 

Wagers

No. 9 to win

Trifecta key 9/2-3-6-7

Trifecta 2-3-6-7/9/2-3-6-7

Recent Best Bet winners

Jan. 2 – Mr Fisk ($7.40), exacta ($29)
Jan. 3 – Recruiter ($4.60)
Jan. 5 – Broadway Boogie/Elle Est Forte/Bravo Kitten trifecta ($92.40)
Jan. 10 – Peach Perfect ($4.20), trifecta ($40)
Jan. 12 – Over the Channel ($6.40), trifecta ($106.20)
Wednesday – Mission of Joy ($3.80), exacta ($9.60)
Thursday – Dreamster/To a T/Adios Baby/Gitana Superfecta ($514)
Sunday – American Lily ($4.40)

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