Holland's North American Racing Picks for Aug. 25
Racing from Parx, Finger Lakes, Indiana Grand and Presque Isle Downs are offered today with free expert picks by handicapper Tim Holland.
Little early pace may help chances of #7 Curlin’s Knight (3-1), who drops in class off a fading unplaced effort here earlier this month. Son of Curlin has a record of 10-1-2-3 on this oval and trainer Wyner has won with 18% of his runners at this meet. Gelding figures to be sent early under Pennington, who won his latest ride for the barn.
Blinkers are added to #11 Invasion Bound (6-1), who showed little after a slow start when facing better in his debut at Aqueduct in February. Son of young sire Normandy Invasion is a half-brother to four winners and has been working forwardly for trainer Baker, who wins with 20% of his second-time starters. Gelding can show more here with Santiago riding.
#5 Chargaree (2-1) was not a factor when unplaced on grass over 5-furlongs facing much better 12 days ago, but has a record of 16-5-3-2 on this main track. Trainer Hammond wins with at 23% with claimers and 18% with horses making this surface change. Mare can be in good position throughout with Sanjur retaining the mount.
Trainer Brooks wins with 17% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and saddles #6 Keep Your Thoughts (9-2), who flattened out to finish fourth after making progress from off the pace at Woodbine in June in her first start on an all-weather track. Brooks has won with 23% of his runners at this meet and daughter of Great Notion is a half-sister to six winners. Filly can be forwardly placed early with Rodriguez up.