Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: October 8
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card on Monday, October 8, and the finale is for Arabians. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m. Some horses to watch:
Race 4 – Maiden special weight
- Three-year-olds and up will go six furlongs on the main track.
- That was some kind of field that #5 Under a Spell (3-1) faced in his debut, in which he ran second as the betting favorite. The winner, Magnum Moon, won the first four starts of his career, culminating with a score in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. The show horse, Machismo, later ran fourth in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. And in between them was this guy, who was four back of the winner but three clear of Machismo. The bad news: that was back in January. The Alan Goldberg trainee will make his first start since in this spot and has been training well enough towards this return. Goldberg has solid stats — including a 20 percent strike rate off long layoffs — and will leg up Trevor McCarthy.
- Selections: 5-2-6
Race 7 – Maiden special weight
- Two-year-old fillies will go six furlongs on the main track.
- #3 Our Super Freak (7-2) didn’t miss by much last out. The Jamie Ness trainee, making her second career start and first with Lasix, just failed in a long duel, losing by a head while four clear of the rest. The Mineshaft filly posted a bullet work on October 1, suggesting she’s raring to go, and she’ll have Brian Pedroza in the irons once again.
- Two runners here — #6 Maybe Wild (4-1), trained by Jason Servis, and #7 Desert Rendezvous (8-1), trained by Michael Stidham — are out of older, but extremely productive mares. Both are making their career debuts here. The former, by Eskendereya out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Snitch, is a half to six winners, including three stakes winners. The latter, by Hard Spun out of the Seeking the Gold mare Sahara Gold, is also a half to six winners, and her two stakes-winning sibs include the multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Better Lucky.
- Selections: 3-7-6
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Today’s Arabian race is a maiden race for fillies and mares at a distance of 1 mile and 70 yards. Several of these fillies are stretching out for the first time, so it’s difficult to know who will like the distance. Marsanne MHF has shown some ability, and her sire Madjani typically sires distance-loving horses so she definitely has a change. Dahesstiny MC is a first-time starter, but is well-bred and they must like their chances at a distance to enter her here. WMA Rio Bravo is improving. She came from off the pace to finish second last time out and is a likely favorite here.