Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: September 4
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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up for Wednesday, September 4. Some horses to watch:
Race 5 — Maiden special weight
- Two-year-olds will go about 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf.
- The debut for #3 Curlington (4-1) might have been better than it looks on the page. In an Ellis Park maiden event, the son of Curlin finished seventh, beaten seven lengths. But the top pair from that race both came back to win, and two others returned to be runner-up next time out. The winner, Fighting Seabee, took the Grade 3 With Anticipation at Saratoga in his follow-up. This Jose Camejo trainee is bred to be a runner: by leading sire Curlin and out of the multiple graded stakes winner Moment of Majesty, Curlington is a half-brother to the graded stakes winner Fools Gold (by Medaglia d’Oro). For this tilt, Camejo takes the blinks off.
- How do you get a horse like #4 Jasiri (8-1) for $10,000? That’s all that this one cost as a yearling last year, but the Cesar Nambo trainee is by quality sire Bernardini and is a half-brother to the multiple graded stakes winner Isotherm. You’ve got to imagine that buyers weren’t liking something about this horse’s physical makeup, but regardless: let’s give him one more try to show something after a pretty dismal debut.
- Yet another runner with an interesting background is #7 Me and Mr. C (6-1). The Ned Allard trainee is a half to the graded stakes-placed Abiding Star, an earner of over $500,000. He’ll make his debut today with a relatively modest work tab behind him. Allard is 1-for-10 in the last few years with two-year-old making their debut in maiden special weight company.
- Selections: 3-1-2-4
Race 7 — Allowance
- Three-years-old and up will go about 1 mile on the turf in a first-level allowance.
- In four of the first five starts of his career, #2 Hardredcandy (8-1) led at the first call, fading in three of those but winning the other to break his maiden. In the other of those five, he was well back early, made a middle move, and then stopped. The common thread: except for the one win, in each of those starts he was in a worse position at the end of the race than at the beginning. But last time out, the David Nunn trainee was well back early before making a strong late rally to miss by just a neck in a 7 1/2 furlong allowance. It was an impressive reversal of his normal races and could suggest a move forward is coming.
- Selections: 2-5-4-6
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
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