Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: June 24
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap for Monday, with Arabians to cap the day. Some horses to watch:
Race 1 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go 5 furlongs on the turf in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $25,000.
- This might just be a good spot for #5 Miss Deplorable (4-1) to get back to her winning ways. The Baltazar Galvan trainee has lost three straight, all fairly clearly. But all three were in stakes company, and she’s faced killers like Morticia, Smiling Causeway, and Goldwood, who won the Politely at Monmouth in mid-May and came back to win another Monmouth stake a couple of weeks back. Miss Deplorable dueled with Goldwood in that event but could not go with her. She’s a stake winner in her own right, though, and dropped here into allowance company rates a big shot to get back on the winning track. Ricardo Chiappe will ride.
- Selections: 5-4-1
Race 7 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go 1 mile 70 yards on the turf in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $25,000.
- Trainer Tres Abbott has been on a bit of a roll, with five wins from his last 16 starts, and he’ll send out #5 Vindictive Ways (8-1) in this contest. This runner was a dominant winner in allowance company at Delaware in her last start, though that was on the main track. She switches back to the turf here for just the second grass race of her career. She finished seventh in her only other turf try, but that might have been better than it looked; she broke slowly that day but ran pretty willingly despite being hampered by a modest pace to go with her slow break and was beaten less than four lengths. Forest Boyce is up.
- Top local trainer Arnaud Delacour has an uncoupled pair in this race, and either (or both) could make an impact. #6 Beach Diva (6-1) makes her first start for her new trainer; she’s bred to be a star, a daughter of Malibu Moon who is a half-sis to two graded stakes winners. She makes her third start of 2019 here, as well as the first with Delacour, who is 31% third off the layoff. She also cuts the right profile to win this race: a well-bred, lightly raced runner from a top barn. Victor Carrasco will ride. Of course another with that profile is Delacour’s other runner, #8 Frippery (4-1). The daughter of City Zip, who won at first asking on opening day at Delaware Park in 2019, just missed last out against similar and here makes her third start off a break. Daniel Centeno will ride.
- Selections: 8-5-6-7
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
The 6-furlong claiming event for the Arabians has a small, but competitive field. RB Hocus Pocus and Pams Masquerade both have run well so far this year and should be considered in the top three. Colors In Motion, last year’s Darley Champion 4-Year-Old Colt will be the likely favorite and is the class of the field.