Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: May 11
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park’s Saturday card has features eight races, with the finale for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 7 – Allowance
- Three-year-olds and up will go six furlongs on the main track in a first-level allowance.
- Godolphin has had a bit of success in the last year or two running horses with trainer Michael Stidham at Delaware Park, and that combo could play a major role in the outcome of this race with #1 Desert Spring (7-2). Stidham has been tinkering with the sophomore Ghostzapper gelding, and in the last three races has added Lasix, taken off the blinkers, and last out cut him back to a sprint distance. That resulted in a solid length-and-change score to graduate at Tampa Bay Downs, with the cutback in distance perhaps being the most critical of those changes after he had showed speed and faded in four straight races prior. The runner-up that day, King Nekia, was the runner-up next out to perhaps the most impressive winner of the Delaware meet to date, the Claudio Gonzalez-trained firster Smart Time. And Victor Severino, who rode Desert Spring to victory, is up in this event; he and Stidham have won with four of six starters together.
- Another recent arrival from Tampa is #3 Currency Chrome (6-1), who won last out in his second career start – but first in 11 months. He cruised to a three-length victory in mid-March for trainer Baltazar Galvan, and while he hasn’t raced since, he’s fired two bullet works since his arrival at Delaware Park and will have Keiber Coa up for the second straight race. The runner-up from his maiden score returned to graduate next out.
- Selections: 1-4-3-2
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
The six-furlong event for Arabians has a field of six and is carded as the eighth race of the day. It will be the seasonal debut of grade 1 winner Thess Is Awesome, who will be facing a weaker field than his normal competition. The entry from trainer Simon Hobson, RB Hocus Pocus and Last Call MHF has a good chance of finishing in the top three. Lazur Hess, who has finished in the top three 13 out of 18 starts, hasn’t run in almost a year, but if he’s ready could get a piece of the purse.