Delaware Park horses to watch: July 11, 2018
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a 10-race card for July 11, and the finale is for Arabians. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Here are some horses to watch:
Race 8 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go a mile and 70 yards on the turf in a third-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $65,000.
- It’s been a bit of a slog for #1 Dynatail (2-1) since she won the Penn Oaks last year at Penn National. The Mike Dini-trained daughter of Hightail has lost 10 straight since the. But she’s been third in a pair of Belmont Park allowances in her last two, most recently running behind multiple Grade 1 winner New Money Honey, so perhaps she’s ready to get back on track. She’ll have meet leader Carol Cedeno in the irons for the effort.
- Selections: 1-5-6
Race 9 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go six furlongs on the main track in an entry-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $16,000.
- #7 Stellar Moon (2-1) is truly bred to be any kind. The three-year-old filly is by top sire Tapit — who stands for $300,000 — and out of the multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Stellar Jayne. While it’s true that Stellar Jayne hasn’t managed to replicate herself in the breeding shed, those are nevertheless some royal bloodlines. The Mike Stidham trainee will make her first start in almost six months in this test, and Stidham has a solid record — 19 percent strike rate — off long layoffs. She will receive Lasix for the first time, and is slated to have Jersey Joe Bravo in the irons; it’s Bravo’s only mount of the day.
- Selections: 7-8-4
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Today’s Arabian race is an allowance race for non-winners of two for fillies and mares. This is a well-matched field headed by impressive maiden winner Smoke En Fire, who is from the red hot barn of trainer Wallace Neilson. Tiffanys Dream and Mizzdora (who is dropping back to six furlongs) both will figure prominently as well. RB Wicked Rich did not break well in her last race and still managed to finish third. If she gets a better start she could well be in the thick of it at the finish. Expect improvement from Rich Sin also, who is making her second start off a layoff and gets leading trainer and jockey combination of Jerenesto Torrez and Keiber Coa.