12/22/2011 12:09PM

Parx: Magical Feeling taking a drop

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Magical Feeling, with Roberto Alvarado Jr. up, wins the Regret at Monmouth.

Magical Feeling goes from winning a six-figure stakes on the biggest day of the summer meet at Monmouth Park to a starter allowance for blue-collar fillies and mares on Christmas Eve at Parx Racing.

Idle since upsetting the $105,000 Regret at 7-1 on the Haskell Invitational undercard on July 31, the 5-year-old Magical Feeling returns to her home track, where she is 8 for 10 lifetime, in a six-furlong starter allowance with a $50,000 purse. Race 7, on one of only two live Thoroughbred programs in the United States on Saturday, is restricted to fillies and mares who have started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less the past two seasons.

Magical Feeling is eligible because she ran for a $12,500 claiming price winning her maiden in September 2010 while making her first start since she was transferred from Bill Mott to Allen Iwinski. Since joining Iwinski’s string, Musical Feeling has gone 9 for 11, including 4 wins in 6 starts this season.

A daughter of Empire Maker, Magical Feeling is owned and was bred by Peter Blum, who may be best known as the breeder of Devil His Due, a foal of 1989 who earned $3.9  million. Devil His Due won the Grade 1 Wood and Grade 2 Gotham as a 3-year-old and followed up by winning three Grade 1 stakes and a Grade 2 event at 4.

Although Magical Feeling has been away from the races for nearly five months, Iwinski is a respectable 16 percent (5 for 31) with sprinters returning from a break of 61 to 180 days.

Magical Feeling’s chief competition in the six-horse field should come from another runner returning from a long break, the 3-year-old filly Need an Angel. Based in New York with trainer Bruce Levine, Need an Angel brings a four-race winning streak into Saturday’s race, including a 4 1/4-length score on Oct. 1 in a $12,500 starter allowance locally. Over the past five seasons, Levine is 13 for 64 (20 percent) with female sprinters returning from an absence of 61 to 180 days.

◗ In the co-featured eighth race, a second-level optional $25,000 claimer for fillies and mares going a mile and 70 yards for a $48,000 purse, Secret Longing may be a vulnerable favorite returning at the same level where she finished second as the 3-5 favorite three weeks ago.

Although Secret Longing has not been worse than second in her last four races, trainer Mike Trombetta is 0 for his last 13 with allowance runners returning in 21 days or less.

Viable alternatives to the favorite include Adelicate Miss, a five-length winner at this level two starts ago at Penn National; Ms. N. Tarsia, who makes the third start of her current form cycle after finishing three lengths behind Secret Longing earlier this month; and Pilot Point Lady, who steps up sharply in class off a 4 1/4-length win against $16,000 claimers and makes her first start off the claim for high-percentage trainer Butch Reid.