Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: August 26
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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up for Monday, August 27, and the finale is for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 6 — Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three-years-old and up will go a mile on the main track in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $25,000.
- The breeding says #1 Beach Diva (8-1) should love the turf; she’s a half-sister to two graded winners on the turf. And in truth, she’s not bad at all on the green stuff, having won two of six starts on it. But she seemed to get stuck at this two-other-than level, so last time out, trainer Arnaud Delacour added blinkers and switched her over to the main track, and she responded with a good third — beaten less than a length — behind the talented Goodonehoney. That was in a one-turn mile at Laurel, and here she’ll go two turns at the same distance and rates a solid shot in this spot. Daniel Centeno (26% at the meet) will ride.
- Last time out #5 Our Super Freak (2-1) had a hard time finding a hole through which to run in the lane… until she made one of her own, bumping a rival and shooting through to victory. As a result, she was DQed to fourth and shows up in the same condition today. That was at six furlongs, so she’ll be facing added ground, but she’s run good races around two turns, including a pair of runner-up efforts in stakes company. The Jamie Ness trainee has been busy — this will be her ninth start of the year — and while she’s winless in 2019, she has mostly kept stakes company this year, with a number of good efforts on the season. Trevor McCarthy (28% at the meet) will ride.
- Selections: 5-1-6-4
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
This is a nice allowance field of seven going six furlongs. RB Rich Lyke Me, undefeated in three starts, is the undeniable favorite and has the hot owner/trainer/jockey combination. The entry from Lynn Ashby and Cre Run Enterprises are both graded stakes winners, but have not been able to regain their previous form. Still, either one or both could challenge for the win if in top form.
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