Delaware Park horses to watch: July 19
by Frank Vespe
Today’s ten-race card at Delaware Park includes two Arabian races to close the day. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
- The fourth race is a maiden special weight for two-year-olds going six furlongs on the main track, and a field of seven is set to assemble, all of which are firsters. The most interesting horse here — and the 2-1 morning line favorite — is Lago Gris. The Kelly Breen trainee is by hot young sire The Factor and is a half-brother to two stakes winners, including graded winner Hierro. He’s been training pretty well at Monmouth Park and brings jockey Paco Lopez along for the ride. Also of interest is the Jamie Ness trainee Rhinestone Cowboy (6-1), who at least has more enticing odds; he’s a half to two winners, including the stakes-placed Heatherly, and shows a bullet half-mile work from the gate last week.
- The seventh is a $40,000 maiden claimer going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf, and the horse we’re watching here is Real Estate Mogul (coupled entry, 9-2). The Greg Sacco trainee was second at long odds against maiden special rivals on debut when he tired late after looming a threat and figures to be a little bit fitter here today. In addition, he gets Lasix for the first time today and keeps jockey Jose Ferrer in the irons.
Arabian handicapping provided courtesy of our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
The maiden claiming race for the Arabians has a field of 10 going 1 mile. This is a tough one with three first-time starters and the mile being an unknown quantity for most. Highh Shine, part of the Garrett Ford owned/Jernesto Torrez trained entry, finished second in his debut a little over 2 weeks ago. It looks promising for him to break his maiden today. His entry mate, Air Patron, has Keibar Coa aboard who has done well with the Arabians this meet. KAO Maloan SWA has shown promise in his first two starts and could be there at the finish.