Delaware Park 2019 horses to watch: September 12

by | Sep 12, 2019 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, Handicapping

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Delaware Park has an eight-race card lined up for Thursday, September 12. Some horses to watch:


Race 2 — Claiming

  • Three-year-olds and up will go about one mile on the turf at the $8,000 claiming level.
  • The second and fourth races are two divisions of the same race, and it looks like the second has come up the more intriguing and challenging contest. #7 Blarp (7-2) is just two races removed from winning at $16,000 (double the claiming price here), and that victory capped a three-race win streak for the eight-year-old War Front gelding. A clsoing sort, he was a bit more involved early in his most recent race, moving into third after a half-mile before flattening out to be fifth, though beaten less than four lengths. He’s been away since June 29 and is showing just a single work in the interim, that on July 25. Trainer Gerald Bennett has a good record with horses coming off similar breaks (20%) and on the class drop, and he’ll leg up journeyman Ricardo Chiappe here.
  • Selections: 7-6-4-1

Race 7 — Allowance/optional claiming

  • Fillies and mares three years-old and up will go 6 furlongs on the main track in a second-level allowance with an optional claiming tag of $35,000.
  • It’s a short but solid field that is set to line up in this allowance sprint, and one of the factors that makes this race interesting is that a couple of the major players enter this contest off subpar performances. #2 Starship Reina (3-2) has failed as the odds-on favorite in her last two, for example. #3 Margie’s Money (9-5) has been well beaten two straight at odds around 3-1. And #5 Fillupcohensapikcer (9-2) has finished fourth two straight against similar and owns an odd record of seven runner-up finishes in 10 tries over the strip. That all points us in the direction of #4 Heather Hills (7-2), who has been moving in the right direction. The Stacy Hendry trainee had won two straight and three of four prior to an up-the-track effort on the turf, but that was her first try on the lawn, so we’ll give her a pass on that. She’ll need to continue to improve here to contend with these, but she’s the most formful of all and will have regular pilot Jose A. Garcia up.
  • Selections: 4-2-5-3

Arabian Watch

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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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.

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