05/11/2013 1:47PM

Parx: Mikey Likes It has strong Dutrow factor going for her


The opportunity that awaits bettors in Monday’s $53,000 feature at Parx Racing doesn’t come along very often. On average, it happens about four times a year, and has not occurred at all within the past six months.

When fans looking to cash a bet see a Tony Dutrow-trained filly like Mikey Likes It, they should be running to the windows.

Mikey Likes It faces five other fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track in a third-level allowance that is also open to $40,000 claimers. She steps up to the next class level after clearing her second allowance condition five weeks ago at Pimlico.

Just how good is Dutrow in this particular situation? Over the past five years, with female last-out winners returning in an allowance sprint following a break of 31 to 60 days, Dutrow is batting 14 for 22 (64 percent) with a well-above average $3.42 return on investment.

Better yet, Mikey Likes It, stakes-placed twice as a 3-year-old last season, may not even go favored. Handicappers unaware of Dutrow’s prowess under the circumstances of Monday’s race may gravitate to Gulfstream Park shipper Our Year, whose last-race 89 Beyer Speed Figure is above par for a third-level allowance at Parx (83).There are two knocks against Our Year, however. She failed as the 6-5 favorite against similar-caliber runners the last time she visited Parx in August. And her trainer, Tim Hills, is only 3 for 38 (8 percent) with sprinters returning after a break of 61 to 180 days.

The field does include a pair of Pennsylvania-bred stakes winners, Ann’s Smart Dancer and Great Lookinblonde. Ann’s Smart Dancer, a three-time stakes winner in 2011, shortens up slightly in distance and takes off the blinkers following a third-place finish in the Foxy J.G. Stakes. Great Lookinblonde, winner of last summer’s Power by Far over a sloppy track, has a license to move forward making her second start following a long layoff.

There’s also an intriguing filly making her first start for Penn National-based trainer Todd Beattie. Not Kidding Around won two of her last four starts facing allowance runners at Sunland Park. Beattie is 6 for 10 with the runners he has shipped to Parx this season. Not Kidding Around is cross-entered in a similar 6 1/2-furlong allowance Tuesday at Presque Isle Downs. Although 0 for 7 on synthetic surfaces, she has hit the board five times.