Delaware Park horses to watch: September 14
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an nine-race Thursday card, and scheduled post time is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
- Race three is a one-mile turf test for fillies and mares three and up that have never won three races, with a claiming price of $25,000. Showreel (7-2) is the lukewarm favorite, but it’s hard to get excited about her as chalk, given that she’s been off about two months and, as a horse with just a single win to her credit, is skipping a condition. More likely to offer a square price is Pamzine (6-1), from the Lilith Boucher barn. She’s run competitively in all three of her career turf tries, last out closing with determination despite being steadied in the final furlong to earn the show spot, beaten just a head for all the money. In a race that appears to have plentiful early speed, her ability to run into a pace may prove an asset, and she keeps Andrew Wolfsont in the irons.
- The seventh is a $40,000 maiden claimer for two-year-old fillies going 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. The favorite and most likely winner here is Peaka Ballerina (2-1) from the Joe Arboritanza barn, a runner who was second against similar last out and retains meet-leading rider Carol Cedeno in the irons. But what’s fun about the favorite? How about Gator Girl (8-1) from the Anthony Pecoraro barn? Wouldn’t be surprised if she were a bit short for her debut here, but the daughter of Prospective is a half-sister to three runners that have won on turf, including the useful three-year-old Hot and Heavy — a runner Pecoraro also had until she was claimed away last out. Jose Betancourt is up.
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
No Arabian race scheduled for Thursday.