Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: September 17
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a nine-race Monday card on September 17, with the finale for Arabians. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 7 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Three-year-olds and up are scheduled to go five furlongs on the turf in a first-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $20,000.
- Not sure if they will be able to run on the turf, but either way, a horse we’ll be interested to see, if he runs, is #13 Great Adventurer (9-2). The Maryland-bred Great Notion gelding broke his maiden easily last out sprinting on the lawn. As in his career debut, the Kathleen Demasi trainee showed absolutely blazing early speed, getting the opening quarter-mile in 20 3/5 seconds while opening a long lead en route to finishing the five furlongs in 56 1/5 and winning by three lengths. There are other speed types in here, but not sure any with that sort of motor. He hasn’t raced on the dirt yet — the sophomore has made only two starts — but several of his siblings have been productive dirt runners, and plenty of Great Notions are fine on the dirt. Plus, Demasi has won with three of seven starters at Delaware. Alex Cintron will ride.
- Selections: Without knowing if the race will be on turf or dirt, hard to make a prediction… but let’s use #13 on top either way.
Race 8 – Starter/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go 1 mile 70 yards on the main track.
- #3 Lady Terp (7-2) has been enjoying a productive campaign against approximately similar rivals at the $5,000 starter level and has three wins and four other in-the-money finishes this season. The seven-year-old also has four wins at the trip. The Scott Lake trainee will get Ricardo Chiappe up; he has a couple of wins on the page with this Birdstone mare, who’s been first or second in three of four local starts.
- Selections: 3-5-1-6
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
There is an interesting mix of horses in today’s Arabian race; a 1 mile, 70 yard allowance/optional claiming event. Captain Bush has been running well of late and is looking for his fourth win of the year. Prince William AA, with Keiber Coa in the irons, has not finished out of the top three this year, so he should be right there. Similarly, Big Ben AA has won or placed in all five of his 2018 starts. With jockey Carol Cedeno aboard, he will likely be in the mix.