Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: September 2

by | Sep 2, 2019 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, Handicapping | 2 comments

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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up for Labor Day, September 2, and the finale is for Arabians. Some horses to watch:


Race 5 — Allowance

  • Fillies and mares three and up will six furlongs on the main track in a first-level allowance.
  • How good are Arkansas-breds, anyway? We don’t see a lot of them here in the East, but perhaps #2 Bettyann (6-1) will help us to answer the question. The sophomore Sky Mesa filly won at first asking against fellow Arkansas-breds back in January but has not raced since. Now shifted into Mike Gorham’s barn, she’s run off three moderate five-furlong breezes in preparation for her return to racing. Gorham wins at an 11 percent clip with horses off longer layoffs. Alex Cintron is named.
  • Selections: 1-2-4

Race 7 — Allowance/optional claiming

  • Three-year-olds and up will go six furlongs on the main track in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $35,000.
  • When last seen, #6 Confessor (8-1) was mounting a furious late rally in the Grade 3 Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico back in May. Dawdling towards the rear, he shaved six lengths off his deficit in the final eighth of a mile. He was fifth, but beaten just 2 1/2 lengths in that race. He’s been away since and has three half-mile moves for trainer Carl Doran. His performance in May — at 38-1 odds — suggests this might be a real runner, and it’ll be interesting to see how he comes back against a pretty salty field.
  • Selections: 6-5-7-3

Arabian Watch

Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.



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Frank Vespe

Frank Vespe, the founder and publisher of The Racing Biz, has owned, bought, sold, claimed, written, and talked about horses, in varying combinations, for a decade. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @TheRacingBiz.


  1. You are probably one of the smartest handicappers I have ever watched you nailed it with my horse steel magnolias very impressivemike

    Well frank You are probably one of the smartest handicappers I have ever watched you nailed it with my horse steel magnolias very impressive

    • The Biz

      Well, not sure I’d go that far – but thank you, and congratulations on the win!

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