Delaware Park horses to watch: July 18, 2018
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a nine-race card on tap for July 18. The nightcap is for Arabians. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Here are some horses to watch:
Race 5 – Maiden special weight
- Two-year-old fillies will go 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf.
- #5 Redneck Lady (6-1) gave a pretty credible accounting of herself on debut, finishing third in a waiver-maiden claiming race (in which she was not in for the tag). Now she stretches out and switches to the turf, and her breeding says that should be a big plus for her. Her sire, Gio Ponti, earned over $6 million and won more than a half-dozen Grade 1 races on the green stuff. Her dam, the Irish-bred Shamardal mare Oregon Lady, was a Grade 3 winner on the lawn. Keiber Coa will ride for Baltazar Galvan.
- Seville was a Group 1 winner on the turf (even though he won just twice in 20 tries) and Rap and Dance was a stakes-placed distaffer whose offspring include a couple of turf runners, including the minor stakes winner Rap Tale. Trainer Cesar Nambo will send out this duo’s offspring, a filly #7 Seville’s Princess (10-1). The filly’s recorded works, of which there are eight, are all on the slow side, so this one might need a race. Nambo will leg up bug boy Pablo Rodriguez.
- Selections: 5-2-1-3
Race 8 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Three-year-olds and up will go six furlongs on the main track in a first-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $16,000.
- #3 Bass Rock (6-1) ran a middling fourth on debut in November, beaten nearly four lengths in a Laurel Park maiden race. He didn’t return to action until June 15 at that same track when, one week after posting a bullet work from the gate, he romped to a five-length victory while ridden out. The Super Saver colt, a $50,000 auction purchase as a two-year-old in training, is showing two solid works since that victory and trainer Graham Motion will leg up Jorge Vargas, Jr. for the second straight start.
- Selections: 3-1-6-4
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Today we have another non-winners of two races, but this time the distance is six furlongs. It is another competitive field. Two of the top horses come from trainer Jerenesto Torrez’s barn. Burn Em Joey was also entered in Monday’s race, so if he scratches there he could be the favorite here. RB Texas Hold Em, with Keibar Coa aboard, looks to add to his maiden victory. Colors In Motion is another with a good shot. He has won or placed in 4 of 5 lifetime starts and comes from the barn of leading Arabian trainer Lynn Ashby. Big Chay could also easily get a top three finish. Owner/breeder Mark Powell is heating up with his horses and this is Big Chay’s second start off a layoff. He was third in his first start this year.