Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: September 1
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap for Saturday, September 1. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 2 – Maiden special weight
- Two-year-olds will go 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.
- A $45,000 auction purchase as a two-year-old in training, #3 Savage Music (8-1) has been training forwardly towards his debut here. The Gerald Bennett trainee’s three August works have all been the fastest or second-fastest at the distance that day, all three at four furlongs. Savage Music is out of the Gilded Time mare Ashlee’s Lady, who, though unplaced as a runner, has produced four winners, including the Grade 2 winner Yara. Bennett has a fine record with firsters — 23 percent from 80 runners — and will leg up talented journeyman Alex Cintron.
- You ignore Arnaud Delacour runners in maiden races at your peril, especially when they’re bred like #4 Mount Travers (5-2). By top sire Speightstown, who stands for $100,000, this colt is out of Hot Summer, a multiple graded stakes winner by Malibu Moon. He’s been training forwardly towards his debut, and Delacour has a solid 20 percent strike rate with debut runners. Meet leader Carol Cedeno has the mount.
- Selections: 3-4-6-1
Race 6 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go 1 mile 70 yards on the main track in a first-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $16,000.
- #4 I’m Pretty Strong (8-1) took four tries to break her maiden but did so impressively last out, winning comfortably while earning a strong speed figure. And note the excuses she had prior: two tries on the turf, which doesn’t look to be her game, and one in which she stumbled and the jock lost his irons. Draw lines through those and you have a good-looking win for the Sagamore runner trained by Horacio DePaz. Alex Cintron, aboard her last two, will do the honors.
- On the day that I’m Pretty Strong stumbled, lost her irons, and came in fifth, the runner-up in that same race was #6 Timeless Curls (4-1), who graduated next out with a four-length win at Laurel Park. The Dale Capuano trainee broke her maiden with a front-running score — at 1-9 — but previously had run well stalking the pace as well. Five-pound apprentice Weston Hamilton will ride.
- Selections: 4-1-6-3
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
No Arabian race today.