12/08/2011 1:48PM

Parx Racing: Tough to separate top three in Pennsylvania Nursery

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A first-level allowance restricted to Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-olds on Nov. 8 at Parx Racing turned out to be an extremely productive sprint. Three horses who finished in the back half of the pack in the 10-horse field returned to win next time out, which stamps one-two-three finishers Francesco Rules, Ill Conceived, and Traffic Light strong contenders in Saturday’s $75,000 Pennsylvania Nursery.

The problem in picking a winner, however, is three-fold. First, less than a length separated winner Francesco Rules from runners-up Ill Conceived and Traffic Light, making it difficult to say one is inherently better than the others. Second, all three will be stretching out to seven furlongs for the first time. And two of the colts, Ill Conceived and Traffic Light, are adding blinkers.

The six-furlong race on Nov. 8 looks like it contained above-average talent, considering that sixth-place Costas Fiftieth came back two weeks later to take a starter allowance at Monmouth Park, seventh-place Noifswhatsorbuts improved 21 points on the Beyer Speed Figure scale to win a first-level allowance at Parx Racing with a 77, and 10th-place Deacon Furr captured a $12,500 claiming race last week at Laurel Park.

Francesco Rules made a wide, sweeping move to win the six-furlong Nov. 8 sprint by three-quarters of a length, with Ill Conceived nosing out Traffic Light for second.

Francesco Rules, one of three in Saturday’s nine-horse field with two lifetime wins, will break from the rail under Joe Hampshire Jr. His trainer, Ron Dandy, is just 2 for 21 the past two seasons with last-out winners returning in sprints at 6 1/2 or seven furlongs.

Ill Conceived, who improved 19 points to a 72 Beyer when racing on Lasix for the first time Nov. 8, now adds blinkers. He was presumably wearing the new equipment when he worked a bullet 1:00 from the gate Nov. 26.

Traffic Light also adds blinkers after finishing fourth as the odds-on favorite in a first-level allowance Nov. 22.

The other dangerous horse looks like Pollard’s Boy, whose two wins both came against open company at Penn National, including one going a flat mile. He cuts back slightly in distance off a dull effort against open company in the Toccet at Aqueduct a month ago.

Last-out winner Noifswhatsorbuts is coupled with Runnin Bull, runner-up in the mile and 70-yard Dover at Delaware Park three starts ago.

Pennsylvania Nursery, Post Time: 3:22 ET Saturday

Purse: $75,000; 7 furlongs

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Noifswhatsorbuts

R. Allen

K. Frey

5-1

1

Runnin Bull

R. Allen

J. Bisono

5-1

1

Bellamy Express

T. Houghton

M. Argueta

7-2

2X

Pollard's Boy

T. Houghton

D. Whitney

7-2

1

Francesco Rules

R. Dandy

J. Hampshire, Jr.

5-2

1

Traffic Light

A. Velazquez

A. Arroyo

6-1

1

Legendofsparticus

T. Wooley

E. Vaz

12-1

1

Quotable

R. Allen

R. Montanez

9-2

1

Ill Conceived

J. Servis

K. Carmouche

4-1