Delaware Park horses to watch: July 6
by Frank Vespe
There’s a nice card on tap at Delaware Park today with a 1:15 p.m. first post. A couple of allowance events, plus a maiden special weight for two-year-olds, are the top contests. Some horses we’re watching:
- Race 5 (post time: 3:15) is a $34,000 maiden test for two-year-olds that’s drawn an interesting group of runners going six furlongs on the main track. Trainer Mike Dilger has the morning line favorite here in the form of Crea’s Bklyn Law (2-1), who has finished third in all three of his career starts, all at Belmont, and most likely will catch an off track today for the third time in four starts. But the horse we’re most interested in is the well bred debut runner Moveslike Molasses (6-1). The Graham Motion trainee is a son of Malibu Moon out of the Storm Cat mare Moveslike Molasses, and he’s a half-brother to two stakes winners, including the Grade 3 winner It’s Tea Time. He’s got a long string of decent works readying for his debut, and he’ll have Feargal Lynch up.
- Race 7 is a $40,000 allowance test (post time: 4:15) that’s drawn a salty crew of seven to go six furlongs. Cal Lynch trainee Vorticity (2-1) is favored and should appreciate the drop out of Grade 3 company. The horse we’re most curious about, though, is Ain’t Got Time (6-1), who is the very definition of a horse for the course; five of his seven career wins, and nearly 60 percent of his earnings, have come in his eight starts (of 23 lifetime) at Delaware. The Tim Ritchey trainee hasn’t run since March, at Oaklawn Park, but has been working well at Delaware over the last month. Given that all of his recent races have been at a mile or beyond, it’s a reasonable surmise that this sprint is a tuneup for later races. He may not be a wagering play today, but if he runs well here, you can assume he’ll be well positioned to enjoy another productive summer at Delaware Park.
- Race 8 (post time: 4:45) is a first-level allowance sprint for three-year-olds and up. While trainer Kiaran McLaughlin ships down morning line favorite Mutaraamy (9-5), a Tapit gelding who most recently was second against similar at Parx Racing, the horse we’re intrigued by is Indian Lover (5-2). This Larry Jones trainee, a half-brother to the speedy stakes winner Chief Istan, made his first start in eight months on June 15 and put forth a terrific efforts. dueling through grueling early fractions — 21 3/5 for the opening quarter, 44 4/5 for the half — before settling for a near-miss second, losing by just a nose. Doug McCoy, our Delaware Park correspondent, made him a horse to watch off that performance, noting, “With that race under his belt this Jones sprinter will be hard to beat next start.“