Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: August 1
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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up today, with the final two for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 6 – Allowance
- Three-year-olds and up will go 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf in a first-level allowance.
- The Gaudalupe Preciado-trained #2 Ole Mole (8-1) has made exactly one trip to Delaware Park — and it yielded his only victory, in a maiden special weight race last August. He’s pretty much been getting his head kicked in ever since, including three tries in stakes company. But his last may have been better than it looks, when, in a six-furlong sprint, he checked out of contention inside the quarter pole but continued to run on and made up a few lengths in the last furlong. Back on the track where he won his only start, and catching a pretty manageable group in here, he can get back on track. Mychel Sanchez is in for the mount.
- In his debut, #10 Hardredcandy (5-1) turned in what might have been the best performance of any of these, finishing fourth after leading a long way in a Gulfstream Park maiden special weight race in February. He was beaten less than two lengths, and both the winner and runner-up returned to win next time out. The cutback from 1 1/16 miles to 7 1/2 furlongs should help this one. Ricardo Chiappe will ride.
- Selections: 2-10-4-5
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
Race 8: Eight are entered in the 5 1/2 furlong claiming race for the Arabians. RB Gaim Changer, the only mare in the field, is coming off a win in her last start. She will be the likely favorite. Uptown Flying Flynn is winless this year, but leading rider Carol Cedeno is aboard so he has a shot. Bellefastt was last seen finishing fifth in a grade 1 at Churchill Downs. He is definitely taking a drop in class and distance. Southerland finished eighth in his first start this year so he should show improvement in this race.