Delaware Park horses to watch: August 3
by Frank Vespe
There are nine races on tap today at Delaware Park, with an Arabian contest serving as the ninth. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
- The fifth is a 7 1/2 furlong maiden claiming turf test, and it’s attracted a big, evenly matched, and somewhat motley field of runners. The morning line favorite is Offshore Trip (4-1), and the Alan Goldberg trainee will make his second career start after finishing a well-beaten eighth that day. He was well bet in his debut, going off as the 5-2 favorite, but after getting bumped at the start he was never much involved. He certainly owns the right to improve — and will need to — but breaking all the way outside is a tricky proposition for a horse making just his second start. Another runner of potential interest here is Motherland (5-1). The Lupe Preciado trainee faded to be third last out but drops slightly in class and shortens up from 1 1/16 miles, both of which may help. Feargal Lynch will ride.
- The seventh, a beaten $12,500 claimer going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf, has also drawn a sizable field. The morning line favorite is Scorpion Aly (7-2), who has a win in four turf tries this year but most recently finished seventh and eighth against better. But the horse of interest here is Debbie’s Tude (6-1). The Maryland-bred didn’t show much against similar last out, finishing eighth, but the one-time stakes winner has been keeping much better company than these and if she can find her better form certainly fits here. Jomar Torres will ride.
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This claiming race for Arabians 3-years-old and up going 6 furlongs features much the same field that ran on July 17 when RB Hocus Pocus upset the field for the win. He will not go off at that good price this time. Butch Cassidy LZP and Sergeant Pepper MHF rounded out the long-priced trifecta. It’s uncertain if they will run this well again or if perhaps Risky Red, still a maiden but knocking on the door, will get up for the win.