Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: September 9
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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up for Monday, September 9, and the finale is for Arabians. Some horses to watch:
Race 5 — Maiden special weight
- Maiden fillies and mares three years-old and up will go 6 furlongs on the main track.
- In a field with a somewhat uneven group of horses that have already started, a couple of first-timers are worth a glance. #2 Can the Queen (10-1) is a daughter of Can the Man who’s been working pretty well towards her debut for trainer Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon. She’s out of an unraced Empire Maker mare whose three offspring to race all are winners. And #6 Als Alex (5-1) ships to Delaware from her Penn National base for trainer Flint Stites. She’s a half to six winners, including a stakes winner.
- She hasn’t shown it yet, but #3 Celebrity Glitter (8-5) is bred to be a serious racehorse. She’s a daughter of Tapit out of the stakes-winning Wild Again mare Shop Again and is a half to two stakes winners, including the Grade 1 winner Power Broker. She started three times, twice on turf, as a two-year-old and then was off 17 months until returning this past May. She gave an improved account of herself last time at Monmouth behind a next-out winner, and can improve again here.
- Selections: 3-2-6-1.
Race 7 — Allowance/optional claiming
- Fillies and mares three years-old and up will go 1 mile on the main track in a third-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $50,000.
- Trainer Jamie Ness liked #4 Our Super Freak (6-1) enough to give her five consecutive stakes tries to start her 2019 campaign, the most ambitious of which was a run in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, in which she finished last of eight at 26-1. Since dropped back into allowance company, she’s responded with four good tries and has crossed the wire first in two straight (from one of which she was DQed). It looks like the daughter of Mineshaft has her mojo back, and she’s the primary reason jockey Trevor McCarthy (28% at Delaware Park this year) is on the scene today.
- Selections: 4-2-6-7
Thanks to Stephanie Ruff and Arabian Finish Line for giving us insights to the Arabian racing at Delaware Park.
This non-winner of two allowance race features some nice up-and-comers including Kissouur who has a win and two seconds in four starts this year and is trained by newcomer Jeremy Castro. Highh Spirits has a 50% win/place percentage this year and is expected to finish in the top three. Royal Moonlinght (bred similarly to the quality mare Royally Bred) certainly has a good chance.
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