Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: September 13
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a nine-race card on tap for Thursday, September 13, with the finale once again for Arabians. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 4 – Maiden claiming
- Two-year-old maiden fillies will go 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track at the $15,000 claiming level.
- #1 Fed Up (9-5) ships down from Belmont Park to make her career debut here. She’s trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who’s clicking at a 20 percent rate this year and does just fine with first-time starters (17 percent). She’s by Fed Biz out of a Victory Gallop mare who’s already thrown three winners. Now for the bad news: she was a $50,000 auction purchase last fall as a yearling, and if the linemaker is right, figures to go off at short odds. She could win — these are low-level two-year-olds after all — but nothing about a New York shipper making her career debut at Delaware at one-third her purchase price suggests the connections like her even the tiniest bit. She may win, but it’ll be without our money. Manny Esquivel will ride.
- Selections: 6-3-4-7
Race 7 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go six furlongs on the main track in a never-won-four/once in six months allowance with an optional claiming tag of $30,000.
- #4 Angel At War (9-5) began her career with six consecutive wins; now she’s lost eight straight. But most of her recent defeats have come against rough customers in tough circumstances; last out, for example, she was fourth, but beaten just a length-and-change, in the $75,000 Timonium Distaff after a bit of traffic trouble. The winner that day was Shimmering Aspen, who twice has been the beaten favorite in graded stakes. Angel At War, trained by Mike Gorham, has shown the ability to run well from off the pace, but here looks to be the controlling speed. If she brings her recent form to bear, she looks best in here. Sheldon Russell will ride.
- Selections: 4-3-1-2
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Another maiden special weight race goes today for the Arabians – again at six furlongs. Rosebrook Farm’s RB Super Duty has finished second or third in three of six starts. He has the pedigree and connections to be a quality horse. He just needs to get that first win. Lapcos Lets Dance could definitely finish in the top three. The only first time starter in this race is Lapcos Cactus Bush, a well-bred 3-year-old gelding from trainer Simon Hobson’s barn. His workouts have been average, but he could
get a top-three finish.