Class droppers look to bounce back in Light Hearted

by | Jun 15, 2017 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, Racing

Delaware Park

Racing at Delaware Park. Photo by The Racing Biz.

by Frank Vespe

On Wednesday at Delaware Park, Journey Home, a runner whose recent forays into graded stakes company hadn’t gone so well, found her winning form again in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes on the turf.

This afternoon’s $50,000 Light Hearted Stakes offers the same opportunity to a couple of sophomore fillies on the main track. Post time for the Light Hearted, which goes off as race seven, is 4:15 p.m.

Elate gets the nod as the 2-1 morning line favorite here. The Bill Mott trainee has now failed as the favorite in four consecutive races, including the Grade 1 Ashland, in which she pulled up and was vanned off, and most recently in an allowance contest at Churchill Downs. Feargal Lynch will ride.

Modacious (3-1) is another runner who’s found tough sledding against graded foes. She finished fourth and fifth earlier this year in a pair of Grade 2 tries at Gulfstream Park, the Davona Dale and the Gulfstream Park Oaks, but in her last race, she thrashed allowance rivals at Parx by over seven lengths. The John Servis trainee will have Frankie Pennington up.

Rounding out the field are Analyze (8-1), who broke her maiden last out in her sixth career start, and Teresa Z (10-1), most recently second in a Monmouth allowance. Sine Wave, Dancing Rags, and Tapa Tapa Tapa are all scratched.