Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: June 8
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap for Saturday, Belmont Stakes day, with the finale for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 5 – Starter allowance
- Three-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less and have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or starter, or which have never won three, will go 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
- Trainer Jose Camejo is off to quite a start at Delaware Park. The conditioner has sent out six runners to date, with three of them returning victorious and the other three running second. He has a chance to extend that streak here with #7 Foldover (2-1). The speedy Overdriven gelding has won four of seven turf tries and seems to be on the improve. He figures to be either winging it on the lead or pressing the early pace and rates a big shot in here. Olaf Fernandez is up.
- Selections: 7-2-3-5
Race 7 – Starter allowance
- Three-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less and have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or starter, or which have never won three, will go five furlongs on the turf.
- Speaking of trainers on hot streaks, Gerald Bennett has won with seven of his first 21 starters at Delaware — 33 percent. He’ll send out #8 Drill’s Li’l Man (6-1) in this spot. The sophomore Drill gelding has won his last two, last time out speeding to the lead and drawing away to win by four on the main track at Tampa Bay. He’s never tried the grass before, though one of his siblings is a turf winner. If he takes to the lawn, the price ought to be right and he can be right in the mix. Jeremy Rose (10-for-26 at the meet) will ride.
- Selections: 8-5-1-2
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
Today’s one-mile allowance race has a small but competitive field. Stakes-placed winner Uptown Cruisedirector, who was second in his last start, has leading rider Carol Cedeno in the irons. The talented mare Royally Bred, making her first start this year, certainly has the talent and connections to win this one. Bellfastt rarely runs a bad race and could certainly get up for a piece of this one.