Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: May 15
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race Wednesday card, with the finale for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 1 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Three-year-olds and up will go six furlongs on the main track in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $25,000.
- In his brief career, #4 Odds On (5-2) has never been worse than third in six career starts. The son of Despite the Odds has had an even split: two wins, two seconds, two thirds. Last time out, he led for a half-mile in a Maryland-bred allowance before tiring to third, but that was back in September. The runner-up from that race returned to win an allowance next out. This guy is showing a pair of five-furlong moves in preparation for his return to action here and will have leading rider Carol Cedeno in the irons. On the other hand, there is other speed signed on, and trainer Aimee Hall is 0-for-7 off similar layoffs; it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this one show good early foot but tire in his first try in eight months — and then be a handful in his follow-up.
- Selections: 5-4-1-6
Race 7 – Claiming
- Three-year-old fillies will go six furlongs at the $16,000 claiming level.
- Jockey Jeremy Rose has seen pretty much all there is to see in racing, from winning two classics with Afleet Alex in 2005 to a 2015 season in which he won just 17 races. He’s working to put it all back together, and early indications are promising: he’s won with eight of 16 starters thus far in 2019, including four of five at Delaware Park. Three of those wins have come for trainer Anthony Pecoraro, and that duo is slated to compete in this event with #4 Creedibility (2-1). The Jimmy Creed filly won last out, just nine days ago, and wheels back in here over a Delaware strip on which she has a record of 3:2-1-0. If there’s a concern here, it’s the distance: she’s been second in four of five tries at six furlongs without a win.
- Selections: 4-3-1-7
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
Today’s Arabian race has a competitive field of fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs. Probable favorite will be Tiffanys Dream, ridden by leading rider Carol Cedeno and trained by leading trainer Jerenesto Torrez. RB Gaim Changer, also trained by Torrez, will be competitive as well. Mizzdora, who has a win and a second in Texas this year, is trained by new trainer Jeremey Castro and could easily finish in the top three.