Delaware Park horses to watch: August 28
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park’s 10-race Monday card is highlighted by a pair of high-quality maiden races for juveniles and a first-level allowance. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
- Race six is a $34,000 maiden special weight for two-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track, and it’s certainly drawn an interesting group of runners. Fox Hill Farms paid $150,000 to get their hands on Valiantly (7-2), an Orb colt out of the multiple stakes-placed Street Cry mare Wallstreeter. Valiantly has been training forwardly towards his debut here and gets Brian Pedroza in the irons. But he’ll have to contend with the Lacey Gaudet-trained Clouded Judgement (9-2), who did absolutely everything right but win in his debut when run down late to be second to the promising V. I. P. Code. Clouded Judgement is a Roddy Harrison homebred by Awesome Patriot. Also in here is Qaunico (12-1), a firster trained by Jim Cronk who caught the clocker’s eye with his half-mile move August 14.
- The eighth is another maiden event, this one for two-year-olds going a mile on the main track. The morning line favorite is Hail to the King (3-1) for trainer John Servis; this runner was fourth on debut behind the promising Mike Stidham trainee Supreme Aura. But more intriguing still are a pair of firsters. Lemonade Thursday (8-1), a Lemon Drop Kid colt trained by win machine Arnaud Delacour, was a $250,000 auction purchase for Mark Grier. He’s out of the multiple stakes-winning Malibu Moon mare Alec’s Moon and has been firing morning bullets. Even more costly was Believe in Royalty (8-1), a Tapit colt out of Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, by Proud Citizen. Believe in Royalty, trained by top conditioner Larry Jones, cost his ownership group $900,000 at Keeneland last September. He’ll have to overcome the wide post but has talented rider Brian Pedroza up.
Looking at sire of Quanico, Spotsgone, he has produced 12 foals, and highest beyer is 51. Trainer, has started 3 firsters in his career and best finish is a 5th place finish beaten by 15 lengths. Wish this horse was entered in md. clmer, but who knows; you got to send them to the gate to win!
Wouldn’t typically have flagged it, but since the horse caught the clocker’s eye, it’s worth at least glancing at, IMO. The price figures to be right, anyway…