Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: August 17
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We’ve got Delaware Park picks and horses to watch for Monday, August 17. The card features eight races.
Race 6 — Maiden claiming
- Two-year-old maiden fillies will go 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track at the $25,000 claiming level.
- The Jamie Ness-trained #2 Anginetti (8-1) presents an interesting profile and possible value; she’s a Runnymoore homebred (the same folks who own ’19 Preakness runner Alwaysmining) set to make her debut, and she is not eligible to be claimed. She’s the first foal out of a stakes-placed mare who won at first asking, and she’s been training forwardly. Ness, a trainer who can win with first-timers, attracts leading rider Carol Cedeno… #5 Feyre (2-1) made a bit of a middle move on debut before tiring and gets Lasix on today; trainer Pecoraro has a 14-for-26 ledger with horses making their second start in maiden claiming company and receiving Lasix for the first time…
Race 7 — Allowance
- Three-year-olds and up will go about 1 mile 70 yards on the turf — at least, we hope it’ll be on turf and are handicapping it for same — in an allowance for horses that have never won two races.
- Late-running #2 J Beresford Tipton (7-2) just didn’t get a pace to aim at last time when seventh as the favorite at Laurel; the top four after a quarter-mile were the top four at the end. This Delacour trainee is a half to the G3 winner Howe Great… Good effort last time to graduate for #6 Palace Kitten (6-1), who wore down early leader Sandy Lane Kitten (who’s also here) to win; the latter came back to graduate next time, one of two to win next-out from that race… Man, that was a tough ask last time for #7 Militiaman (5-2); off a layoff just shy of one year, trainer Mike Stidham assigned him the heavy lift of going 1 1/4 miles at Belmont. He actually ran credibly and was still within two lengths of the lead with a furlong to go before fading; he can be fitter here, the cutback won’t hurt, and the top four to run back from that contest all have finished in the triple next time. This one is a half to two graded stakes horses and another stakes winner…
Race 8 — Maiden claiming
- Three-year-old and up maidens will go 1 mail on the main track at the $25,000 claiming level.
- There are plenty of ways to go in this contest (we use four below), but one horse worth consideration at a price is #3 Wye Mumbo (8-1). The Golden Lad gelding will be stretching out to two turns for the first time. Last time out, going six furlongs, he went to his nose leaving the gate, dropped to the rear of the field, and then mounted a strong rally for the final three-eighths of a mile that propelled him into second, and he then galloped out ahead of the winner. Bug rider Alexander Crispin retains the mount.
- Race 6: 50-cent Pick 3 — 2, 4, 5, 7 w/ 2, 6, 7 w/ 3, 7, 8, 10 (cost: $24.00)
- Race 8: $1 exacta box — 3, 7, 8, 10 (cost: $12.00)
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