Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: August 19
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Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap for Monday, August 19. Some horses to watch:
Race 2 – Maiden special weight
- Maiden fillies and mares three and up will go six furlongs on the main track.
- Owner George Krikorian dropped an armload of money to breed his mare, Screen Goddess, by Giant’s Causeway, to Tapit, who stands for $225,000, and the result of that mating will be unveiled here in the form of #5 Bo’s Image (8-1). The three-year-old filly’s only sibling to race, Coal Truth, by Mineshaft, is a minor stakes winner, and this miss has been training steadily since late June at trainer Michael Matz’s Fair Hill base. Matz doesn’t have a great record with first-timers — just five percent in maiden special weight events — which makes it hard to get excited about her as a betting proposition in this spot, but the bloodlines say she’s one to keep an eye on.
- Selections: 2-7-5-3
Race 5 – Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up will go five furlongs on the turf in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $25,000.
- It may not have been magic, but something pretty good did happen when trainer Phil Schoenthal decided to sprint #5 Something Magical (6-1) on the turf for the first time. The Street Magician filly stalked the pace, came wide for the drive, and wore down her foes to win by nearly a length in a first allowance at Laurel Park. The change to sprinting also partially coincided with a change in tactics, taking the naturally speedy filly just off the pace and giving her a target, whereas in prior races she had raced on the lead before generally tiring late. She’s back at it here, and rider Daniel Centeno, who’s won both times he’s ridden her and is having a productive Delaware meet, is up.
- Selections: 5-1-2-4
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
No Arabian race today.
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