Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: October 10
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card on Thursday, October 11, and the finale is for Arabians. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 1 – Starter/optional claiming
- Two-year-old fillies that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less, or are running for a $40,000 claiming tag, will go six furlongs on the main track.
- #1 Flashy Doll (9-5) made a nice impression on debut, winning by almost six lengths as the 1-2 favorite in a maiden claiming race at Monmouth Park. That resulted was flattered when the runner-up, Merrow, graduated next out. You don’t often see horses owned by Gary and Mary West, like this homebred New Year’s Day filly, at Delaware Park, but trainer Jason Servis is a win machine wherever he goes. This miss is showing four works since that debut victory, two month ago. Keiber Coa will ride.
- #3 Icy Lady (6-1) was a pretty easy winner in her first career start, besting maiden special weight foes at Delaware by a couple of lengths. Trainer Mike Gorham tried her in a couple of New York-bred stakes after that, one at Belmont, in which she was a credible fifth, beaten by five lengths, and one at Saratoga where she stopped. She hasn’t raced since that August 24 tilt and here drops in for the tag. He’ll have go-to rider Augusto Marin in the irons.
- Selections: 3-1-5
Race 7 – Maiden special weight
- Two-year-olds will go five furlongs on the main track.
- Boy, that was a tough beat last out for #5 Threethehardway (9-5). The Cal Nation gelding zipped to the early lead, slugged it out in front with a rival, Savage Music, disposed of that one — he ended up fifth — and then just failed to hold off Mount Travers, an Arnaud Delacour-trained son of Speightstown. It was a winning effort in every way except the one that counts most. The Michael Catalano trainee returns here, showing three works in the intervening 40 days, and will have Navin Mangalee in the irons.
- Selections: 5-1-4
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Today’s Arabian race is an interesting one. Half the field last started in the $100,000 President of the UAE Cup S. (Gr.1) at Churchill Downs. They are dropping back in distance from 1 1/16 miles to 6 furlongs, which much of the field will probably like. Thess Is Awesome, fourth in the aforementioned stakes, could easily go wire-to-wire here. Mystical MHF, who tends to run hot and cold, would benefit from an off track, but could be a big factor. Quick And Rich typically needs more distance for his come from behind style, but certainly has enough class to be among the top three if he doesn’t get the win.