09/03/2016 1:56PM

Lady Shipman stars in Turf Amazon on Parx undercard

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Michael Burns
Lady Shipman enters the Turf Amazon off a win in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine in July.

At Parx Racing, Labor Day is second only to the Pennsylvania Derby card. In addition to the featured Smarty Jones Stakes, the day includes three other stakes – two turf sprints and a main-track marathon.

The four stakes are slotted as races 6-9. A 50-cent pick four covers the lot, and there are rolling picks threes.

The sequence begins with the $200,000 Turf Amazon, a five-furlong grass race for fillies and mares. The eight-horse field includes the most well-known horse on the card, Lady Shipman, who is 4 for 6 this year after being turned over to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Lady Shipman is 12 for 18 in her career.

“She just does everything right,” McLaughlin said. “She keeps doing well, and she likes to win.”

The Turf Amazon is followed by the Grade 3, $200,000 Greenwood Cup at 1 1/2 miles on the main track; the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster at five furlongs for 3-year-olds and up; and the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones, which drew a field of 14 3-year-olds.

Lady Shipman will be a solid choice in the Turf Amazon, but there are several others in the lineup who will test her. Richies Sweetheart popped to the lead in this race a year ago and was never headed, winning by two lengths for trainer Larry Rivelli. Her last two races have been lacking, but it’s dangerous to throw her out.

Parx-based trainer Kathleen DeMasi will send out a double-tough entry of Joya Real and Everything Lovely. Joya Real has been second in this race the past two years and enters off a repeat victory in the Blue Sparkler at Monmouth Park. Joya Real sat closer to the pace in the Blue Sparkler than she usually does.

Everything Lovely finished second in the Maryland-bred Jameela Stakes at Laurel Park last out. She also was second in that race a year ago, while being marooned in outside posts both times. She will break from post 1 on Monday.

The front-running Nite Delite was beaten a head by Joya Real in the Blue Sparkler.

Six in Greenwood Cup

Scuba may go favored in this six-horse field for trainer Brendan Walsh, but he has finished second in five of his last seven starts and third in the other two races. Horses like that always make me gun shy.

Having said that, he was clearly second-best to Grade 1 Stephen Foster winner Bradester in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup at Monmouth Park on Haskell Day. Still, he’s difficult to single.

This will be Hawaakom’s first try beyond 1 1/8 miles, but he is in sharp form for trainer Wes Hawley and comes into this off a 9-1 victory in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s on West Virginia Derby Day. A winner of two of his last three starts, he gives the appearance of a horse who can get this 1 1/2-mile distance. It will be interesting to see if he can learn a new trick at age 6.

Desvelo finished second to Turco Bravo in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone at Saratoga on Aug. 10 at 17-1. He is 4 for 31 in his career.

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Solid pair in Turf Monster

It’s hard to get past Pool Winner and Power Alert in the Turf Monster.

Pool Winner broke a string of four straight second-place finishes in his final start of 2015 and is 4 for 4 this season. He won his stakes debut last out in the My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth on Aug. 13 but will face the toughest competition of his career Monday.

Pool Winner, trained by Alan Goldberg, has been winning on the lead and will face several other speedsters here. His career-best 97 Beyer Speed Figure from the My Frenchman stacks up very well against his competition.

Power Alert was second to Pure Sensation in the Grade 3 Parx Dash in July. Trainer Brian Lynch keeps Power Alert stabled at Fair Hill, where he can make use of the training center’s hyperbaric chamber and manage his bleeding problem. His “A” race would be a stern test for Pool Winner.

Bold Thunder may have lost a step over the past year, but he’s been a mainstay in the East Coast sprint division the past two years. He had throat surgery in the spring and is still searching for his best form. This will be his third start off the layoff.