07/26/2012 12:12PM

Parx Racing: Servis looks strong in pair of Pennsylvania-bred stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Yourhonorandglory will try to rebound in Saturday's $75,000 Crowd Pleaser Stakes at Parx Racing.

Parx Racing is running a pair of $75,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday, and trainer John Servis has a solid contender in each race.

Servis sends out Yourhonorandglory in the Crowd Pleaser for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and Parvenu in the Power By Far for filly and mare sprinters.

The barn always held Yourhonorandglory in high esteem, especially when he won two of his first four starts. His progress was derailed by a bout of Lyme disease after running 12th in the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year’s Day.

“That set him back quite a bit, but he’s starting to come around,” Servis said.

Yourhonorandglory has run twice since his comeback on June 18, both times in second-level allowances on the grass at Parx against open company. He had interesting trips in both races.

Yourhonorandglory was stuck behind horses for most of the lane in his return at 7 1/2 furlongs and finished sixth. The second race back was a stretch-out to a mile and 70 yards. After running right with the leaders, Yourhonorandglory took the lead on the final turn before settling for third.

“I just think he got a little tired,” Servis said. “He was forced to move a little early, and he came up a little empty.”

Servis hopes the chestnut colt will be sharper for the third start of the comeback, and the drop into a statebred race certainly doesn’t hurt his chances.

Drums of War is the only runner in the field with a grass victory on his r é sum é , that coming in a maiden race at Pimlico in April.

Lemon Zing also has had some success on turf, finishing second and third in two tries on grass.

Power By Far: Parvenu cuts back

Parvenu has two key handicapping angles working in her favor heading into the Power By Far: turf to dirt and long to short.

She looks pretty tough on the cutback from 1 1/16 miles in the Lyphard Stakes on the turf at Penn National to six furlongs at Parx on the main track, where she is 3-1-1 in six races at the distance. She has lost both her starts on turf.

“The filly, I like a lot,” Servis said. “She is ultra-talented, but has had a lot of issues. We’ve finally got her where she is racing fit and hitting on all cylinders.”

Servis dodged a bullet when Parvenu, a gray 4-year-old, developed a foot issue after her last race. Fears of quarter crack turned out to just be an abscess.

Once that drained, Parvenu turned in a sharp five-furlong work in 59 seconds in her final tune-up for the Power By Far.

“She came back and worked super following that, so she’s heading into the race really good,” Servis said.

Great Lookinblonde has never finished out of the money in 11 career starts. After missing all of the 2011 season, Great Lookinblonde heads into the stakes on a two-race winning streak, with both victories against open company at Parx.

After winning a first-level sprint, Great Lookinblonde moved up to a second-level route and got the victory on a disqualification.