Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: August 5
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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 4 – Starter allowance
- Three-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $10,000 or less in 2018-19 will go a mile on the turf.
- Trainer Jose Camejo has certainly made his presence known at Delaware Park this season, with 10 wins from 27 starters, good for a fifth-place tie among trainers by wins. And it’s hard not to see him adding another win to his ledger in this spot with #4 Foldover (3-2). The speedy son of Overdriven has won five of six, including, last time out, a nearly six-length victory against allowance rivals at the track. He looks to be the class of the field, and the controlling speed. Olaf Hernandez will ride.
- If the race comes off the turf, we’ll at least get the chance to see hard-hitting eight-year-old #5 Double Whammy (3-1) going for his 15th career victory. He’s trained by Mary Eppler and is slated to have Carol Cedeno in the irons.
- Selections: 4-6-3-2
Race 7 – Allowance
- Fillies and mares three years old and up will go a mile 70 yards on the turf in a first-level allowance.
- #3 Puca Penny (9-5) has made only a single start, that a winning one on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs last October. She’s been away since, however, and will make her first start in nine months here for trainer Christophe Clement. She’ll get Lasix for the first time in this spot, has been working well enough towards her return, and will have rider Trevor McCarthy up (he has a mark of 6:4-2-0 in the last week at Delaware).
- Puca Penny may be in for a tussle in this one, though. #7 Pepper Sprout (5-2) hasn’t done much wrong in her two career starts, either. The Eddie Graham trainee won at first asking at Pimlico (at 18-1) and then followed that up with a good second in allowance company against Ode to Joy, who’s now 2-for-3 in her career. A closing sort, this one will make his first start will make her first start since June 7 here, and it’s worth noting that her pilot the first two races, veteran Horacio Karamanos, is scheduled to make the trip for just this mount.
- Selections: 7-3-4-1
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
A nice field of eight Arabians are lining up for a 6-furlong allowance race. Favorite will likely be Rosebrook Farm’s RB Rich Lyke Me, who is undefeated in two starts. Grade 1 winner Quick And Rich should be a big part of this race, and Big Ben AA certainly has a good chance for a top 3 finish and could go off at a good price. RR Ky Bourbon and Mizzdora are also two potential longshots that could get a piece of the purse.