Delaware Park horses to watch: September 20
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card scheduled for Wednesday, with the finale for Arabians. Scheduled post time is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
- The sixth is a one-mile turf allowance for fillies and mares, and it’s drawn quite an intriguing field, one which includes New York-bred stakes winner Super Allison (8-1), promising Miss Gracer (12-1), and multiple-stakes-placed Noble Ready (4-1), among others. We’ll look just inside those runners to Isabel’s On It (6-1). The British-bred runner came over to the US following a dismal effort against Group 3 rivals at York, and since arriving has been training well, including two bullet works in her last five. She’s a well-bred daughter of Dubawi, and you can’t help but wonder if the addition of Lasix may be the key reason she’s here. She’s trained by win machine Arnaud Delacour, and note that Daniel Centeno — a go-to rider for Delacour — picks this miss over Delacour’s other runner in here, La Parisienne.
- The seventh is another allowance test, this one going six furlongs on the main track, again for fillies and mares, and this race, too, has some intriguing sorts. Trainer Larry Jones sends out an entry of promising types in Americana and Gold Beach (6-1), and while it’s doubtful you’ll get the morning line on this duo, you can make a case for either. In-trouble trainer Jorge Navarro offers Scotland Bay (5-2), who last out beat Penn National allowance sorts and here races for the tag, and Mike Catalano does the same with last-out winner Staff Sgt. Reckless (8-1). We’ll take a gander at Miss Lamborghini (4-1) from the Kathleen O’Connell barn. The First Defence filly won at first asking at Monmouth a year ago, but she was off 10 months following that. Her form since coming back hasn’t quite lived up to that early promise, but she gave an improved accounting of herself last out and may be ready to move forward. Wilmer Garcia will ride.
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
The last race of the day is an allowance/optional claiming race for Arabians going 1 1/16 miles. Trainer Simon Hobson has two interesting entries. Captain Bush has one win and a second in 3 starts and gets Keiber Coa, who is hot, hot, hot with the Arabians. Mystical MHF is a stunning chestnut who broke his maiden impressively, but has been disappointing in his last two starts. The added distance may help him. Mark Powell’s Big Girls Are Better ran very well over this track in the slop against her own sex, and could be competitive against this field. Finally there is Candy Land Man, also from the barn of Mark Powell, who is the morning line favorite. He has four top three finishes in 10 starts this year and could be part of the trifecta.