Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: July 25
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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up today, and the finale is for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 2 – Maiden special weight
- Two-year-old maidens will go 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.
- While this is a pretty interesting group, clearly the star of the show — for the moment, anyway — is #2 Jeopardy James (9-5). The Arnaud Delacour trainee is making his debut here and enters this race off a couple of bullet works. He’s a son of top sire Speightstown and out of the Seeking the Gold mare Pay Lady; that makes him a full sibling to Lighthouse Bay, winner of the 2013 Grade 1 Prioress. He was a $585,000 auction purchase for Lael Stable as a two-year-old in training in April at OBS. Delacour can get a horse ready to run first time out, and the works this one shows suggest he’ll be raring to go. And, intriguingly, he brings in jockey Paco Lopez for the mount. Lopez has two mounts on the card, but it’s pretty clear this is what he’s coming for.
- There are some other interesting runners in this spot, too: #3 Drill Ur Skills (6-1) for trainer Jamie Ness, who’ll leg up Brian Pedroza (they are 6-for-14 in the last 60 days) on a horse who’s showing some fast works; #4 L’Cristabal (8-1), for trainer Michael Catalano, who can get them to win first out; and a pair for Gregg Sacco, both of whom are out of stakes-winning mares.
- Selections: 2-1A-3-5
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
A nice field is assembled for today’s allowance/optional claiming race for 3-year-olds and up going one mile. Easter Man, who was so hot earlier this year, has cooled off a bit and seems to do his best running under a mile. Uptown Cruisedirector has been on the improve and looks to add his third win this season. Mizzdora and Madjikman certainly both have a chance to hit the board. Rosebrook’s entry of Dance With Me BW and RB Rich Lyke Me are also both very good horses and could be right there at the wire.