Holland's North American Free Racing Plays for Dec. 14

December 14th, 2020

Handicapper Tim Holland provides picks for Parx Racing, Mahoning Valley, Delta Downs and Zia Park today!

Parx Racing

Race 4

Blinkers are added to #6 Sweet Savage (10-1), who faded to finish unplaced after showing some early run in her debut facing better over the track and distance early last month. Filly is bred to be fast being by promising young sire Speightster and out of a mare by Peace Rules, and trainer Montoya wins with 13% of her maiden claimers. Half-sister to four winners may show more here with Pennington taking the mount.

Mahoning Valley

Race 6

#1 Direct Deceit (6-1) weakened late to finish fourth after leading from the start in a small stakes in his latest over one mile and 70 yards here late last month. Gelding has a record of 13-3-3-1 on this oval, and trainer Lauer wins with 11% of his runners in allowance events. Gray figures to be the one to catch breaking from the rail with Pilares remaining aboard.

Carryover Alert: Jackpot Pick-6 of $1,409.51

Delta Downs

Race 3

Trainer Landry wins with 20% of his first-time starters and saddles #6 Laughing Latinos (5-1), a debuting son of new sire Awesome Bet, who is out of mare by 15% first-out sire Distorted Humor. Works include a bullet 4-furlong move from the gate in :48 3/5 recently, and Landry wins with 28% of his runners overall in maiden special weight events. Bay is likely ready for a good first outing under Thornton, who has won with one of his last three rides for the barn.

Zia Park

Race 8

Maidens going 6 furlongs include #8 Value N Faith (8-1), who faded to finish unplaced in his debut over the track and distance in mid-October. Son of Abstraction is a half-brother to three winners and has worked well since his first outing for trainer Marr, who wins with 18% of his second-time starters. Dark bay can be in the early mix under Fuentes, who has won with two of his last 14 mounts for Marr.

Carryover Alert: Pick-5 of $2,230.39