08/04/2012 3:39PM

Parx: Idle Talk faces distance question


Idle Talk, who won a turf stakes at Laurel Park in her season debut in April, owns a class advantage. But will that be enough to overcome the proven form going 1 1/8 miles that Raiders Fan and Starsilhouette share in the intriguing $50,000 feature Tursday at Parx Racing?

Pilot Point Lady and Starsilhouette, the only runners in a field of 10 who have won going nine furlongs on grass, get a weight break from the 6-year-old Idle Talk in a starter allowance for fillies and mares who have started for $16,000 or less the past two seasons.

The Maryland-based Idle Talk is eligible, thanks to an appearance for $16,000 at Delaware Park in June 2011. Four months later, she began a four-race winning streak that consisted of three scores against second-level optional $25,000 claimers and a head victory at 15-1 in the one-mile Dahlia.

Idle Talk matched her career-best 83 Beyer Speed Figure when she was beaten 3 3/4 lengths in the Grade 3 Galorette Handicap, then easily defeated $16,000 starter allowance foes as the odds-on choice at Parx going a mile and 70 yards on June 5. Most recently, she encountered traffic problems that forced jockey Horatio Karamanos to steady. As the 123-pound highweight, Idle Talk must concede between three and 13 pounds to her nine opponents Tuesday.

In her lone previous try at 1 1/8 miles, Idle Talk finished second in a second-level optional $20,000 claimer in May 2010.

Raiders Fan and Starsilhouette are each 1 for 1 going nine furlongs. The 8-year-old Raiders Fan exits a 2 3/4-length win for a $16,000 claiming price on July 10. Starsilhouette beat $10,000 starter company at Gulfstream Park in January and comes off a 1 1/2-length score as the 3-2 favorite in the same July 3 race in which Idle Talk was fifth.

Among the others, Looks Like Sis, Cross Mountain, and Sweet as You Are merit respect, despite never racing as far as nine furlongs.

Looks Like Sis faces slightly easier company after missing by a head in a one-mile race for $25,000 starter allowance company. Cross Mountain, fourth in the John Rooney at Delaware in June, rallied from 10th to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Starsilhouette, at 39-1 last time out. Sweet as You Are cruised by 8 3/4 lengths in a $16,000 starter allowance race at Atlantic City and got up by a neck in a first-level allowance two starts ago.