Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: September 27
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a nine-race card on Thursday, September 27, and the finale is for Arabians. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 5 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Two-year-olds were slated to go a mile on the turf — but will instead go a mile on the dirt — in a first-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $75,000.
- In just three races, #5 Thatwouldbegrand (6-5) has already had a pretty varied career. The Maryland-bred Power Broker colt began his career running second in a $40,000 maiden claimer at Laurel Park. He followed that up with a three-length score in maiden special weight company, also at Laurel. And then he ran a credible sixth in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga. He’s showing two works since that effort, and trainer Dale Capuano has been having a productive meet shipping horses to Delaware, where he’s won with seven of 30 starters. Five-pound bug Weston Hamilton will ride.
- Selections: 5-6-9
Race 6 – Maiden special weight
- Two-year-olds will go 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.
- A couple of runners here have sneaky-interesting pedigrees, and one of those is #1 Flamingo Park (10-1). The Sky Mesa gelding has been training pretty well, and pretty steadily, for trainer Greg Sacco at his Monmouth Park base. Two of his three sibs to race are winners — the third made only one start, in a maiden special weight test at Gulfstream — and both of those are pretty intriguing. Stand and Salute, by Saint Anddan, made his debut in a juvenile stake at Santa Rosa, broke his maiden in his third start, and then won the Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate in his fourth. The other winning sib, Huntress Helena, didn’t win any races of consequence but did win a remarkable 20 of 33 career starts and finished first or second in her last 16 consecutive starts. Trevor McCarthy will ride.
- #8 Padrino’s Heart (6-1) is another with a bit of an interesting background. The El Padrino gelding is a full-brother Enchanted Star, who won two of three starts last year as a juvenile, including the Small Wonder Stakes over the strip. This guy has been training pretty well for trainer Gary Capuano, including a solid five-furlong move from the gate September 20, and he’ll have rider Jevian Toledo in the irons.
- Selections: 1-6-8
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Today’s Arabian race is for maiden fillies and mares going 6 furlongs. Uptown Sweet Caroline, second in her first start, could easily step into the winner’s circle as could RB Blastfromthepast, who has a second and third in two starts. These two also have the top two Arabian riders aboard – Carol Cedeno and Keibar Coa respectively. The well-bred Highh Spirits could also come through with a top three finish. Treasure Thess, a first time starter by the good international sire Dahess, is a question mark. Her works have not been particularly fast, but her pedigree suggests she has some ability. She could be a factor in the exotic wagers.