Delaware Park horses to watch: October 9
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a nine-race card lined up for Monday, with the finale for Arabians. Scheduled post time is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
- The third race is a $16,000 claiming event for two-year-old fillies going six furlongs on the main track. The horse of interest here is Sing Dixie Charge (2-1) from the Jamie Ness barn. She’s not likely to offer any wagering value here as the 2-1 morning line favorite, but how Ness is handling her gives an insight into one of the reasons his operation typically boasts a high winning percentage. She ran four times for other operations, all in maiden special weight company, twice finishing in the money. In her first try for Ness, he dropped her in against $20,000 claiming rivals, and she responded by winning easily at 3-2 odds. While many trainers would see that and jump her up a level or two in her first try against winners, Ness instead runs her back against $16,000 rivals here — a level where she fits and figures to be short odds once again while attempting for a second straight score. Keiber Coa will ride.
- The seventh is starter allowance for horses that have started for $25,000 or less and never won four races or never won one-other-than going a mile 70 yards on the main track. The favorite here is Trulamo (2-1), who’s been second and third against better in her last two starts. But a perhaps more interesting runner here is What About Tonight (3-1). Trainer Anthony Pecoraro has been winning at a 32 percent clip at Delaware this meet, and this sophomore Archarcharch filly has a win and three seconds here this year — all three seconds against allowance foes. She drops in here against a bit of an easier group after being away for a month-and-a-half since her last start and will get Victor Lebron in the irons.
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.