Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: May 29
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap for Wednesday, with a couple of interesting maiden events and some full fields on the grass. Some horses to watch:
Race 1 – Maiden claiming
- Maidens three-years-old and up at the $25,000 claiming level will go 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.
- A Gary Capuano exacta is not out of the question in this contest, which brings together a pretty intriguing group of horses. We’re particularly interested in #3 Golden Surge (7-2), who’ll be making his second start here. The sophomore Goldencents colt made his debut last September, finishing an even fourth behind subsequently multiple stakes-placed Mount Travers and next-out winner Threethehardway. That was at a higher level, so he may appreciate the class relief on offer today. He hasn’t run since but has been working steadily since late March towards his return. He’ll also receive Lasix for the first time from a trainer who does well with second-time starters. Bug boy Victor Rosales is up. The other GCap runner in this event is the first-time starter #5 Cam’s Carter (9-5). He’s a late-to-the-races four-year-old son of Archarcharch whose only sib to race is a winner. Capuano has a middling record with first-timers (12% from 42 starts), and Wes Hamilton will ride. Of note: it appears that Capuano’s two runners here worked in company three times, with Cam’s Carter having the edge in two of those (April 24 and May 1).
- Selections: 3-4-5-6
Race 3 – Maiden special weight
- Three-year-olds and up will go a mile on the turf.
- Speaking of trainers who could fill out the exacta, Arnaud Delacour has a pair in this maiden event who could be formidable. #3 Scoreswhenhewants (7-2) is the morning line, and likely post time, favorite as he enters off a pair of runner-up efforts at this level, one at Tampa Bay and one at Laurel. The $85,000 Itsmyluckyday colt showed a new dimension last time, setting the pace before settling for second, while in his prior starts he had stalked or closed. Since that last start, two of his three works have been bullets, so he looks to be sitting on go for this one; Daniel Centeno will ride. But you won’t want to ignore #7 Burning Man (9-2) either; the son of Street Sense ran a good one on debut, albeit at the $32,000 claiming level, finishing second just behind a runner who repeated. He’s also a half-brother to the grassy graded stakes winner Lady Digby. He’s been gelded since that February tilt, and it’s of interest that Delacour — a trainer who wins at a 31% clip with second-time starters — chooses to move this one up the ladder off a defeat. He’ll also leg up Trevor McCarthy, and though the Delacour-McCarthy combo has only one win from six starts in the last two months, all six of their runners have finished in the money.
- Though this race is for three-year-olds and up, only one horse older than three drew into the main body of the race. That’s the Ollie Figgins trainee #9 Mojo’s Louie Cat (5-1), who’s four. He’ll be making his first start since a runner-up effort at the $25,000 maiden level at Laurel in October, which followed three straight off-the-turf tries. He seems to be training forwardly towards his seasonal debut, and it’s notable that Figgins chooses to move him up the ladder. Carlos Carrasco will ride.
- Selections: 3-7-9-4
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
No Arabian race today.