Delaware Park horses to watch: June 18, 2018
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a has a nine-race Monday card, and the finale is for Arabians. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 6 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go 1 1/16 miles on the turf in a second-level allowance contest with an optional claiming tag of $25,000.
- #1a Enthrall (8-1) cuts an interesting profile. The Bernardini filly was bred in Kentucky, began her racing career in France, raced in California and Canada, and now finds herself in James “Chuckie” Lawrence’s Fair Hill barn — all of this, and she’s just four. She won a couple of times in France, including an allowance score at Chantilly, and gave a credible accounting of herself in the US when beaten five lengths in the G2 San Clemente by a runner, Madam Dancealot, who is a multiple graded winner and G1-placed. Her return to action — and first try in Lawrence’s barn — was probably better than it looks; she was second, beaten three lengths and change in an off-the-turf tilt won by the hard-hitting Sneaky Betty, who returned Saturday to run a solid third at long odds in the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park. Jorge Vargas, Jr.will ride.
- #2 Last Promise Kept (8-1) ran third as the favored behind Enthrall in that off-the turf race, and the Langfuhr filly’s turf form certainly fits here. Two back at Keeneland, she was beaten less than two lengths in an allowance won by Inchargeofme, a mare who two starts later ran third in a Grade 3 event. A return to that form puts her in the mix here, though she’ll break from the outside under Feargal Lynch, presenting an added complication.
- Selections: 1a-7-2-8
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Today’s Arabian race is a non-winners of two going 6 furlongs. Bellefastt ran well at Sam Houston and broke his maiden there. He gets Keibar Coa here which could give him the edge. Colors In Motion, who won his first start this year, is from the red hot barn of Cre Run Enterprises and trainer Lynn Ashby. RB Wild Card has been in the top 3 in 4 of 5 starts this year, including a third in the Texas Six Shooter (Gr.3) and could definitely finish in the top three. Half of this field is making their first starts in nearly a year, so you would expect them to need a race before hitting top form.