Elate was much the best in the 2019 Delaware Handicap. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Delaware Park has a 9-race card on tap for this Labor Day afternoon with the finale for Arabians. Post time for the opener is 1:15 p.m., and we’ve got Delaware Park picks.

How’d we do last time at Delaware Park?

Race 51, 5, 7Two-year-old maiden fillies in this contest, and the two who’ve raced showed little in their debuts, which points you to some first-timers that perhaps offer promise… #1 Spirited Beauty (3-1) is a Star Guitar filly whose dam, a stakes winner, won at first asking and whose four sibs to race all have broken their maiden with alacrity; she’s showing several four-furlong moves for trainer Jose Camejo… An improving work tab for #5 Triple Digit (6-1) looks enticing; the Ned Allard trainee is a daughter of solid sire Twirling Candy… Really curious to see #7 Fortheloveoflydia (2-1). The The McLean Robertson trainee is the first foal out of a stakes winner and has three five-furlong works in the bank for a trainer who wins a quarter of the time with two-year-old debut runners. But here’s the thing: this daughter of English Channel is bred top and bottom for the turf. Is this a prep for later grass?
Race 65The horse to watch in this two-other-than allowance is the fave #5 Super John (9-5). The sophomore Super Saver colt, a John Servis trainee, just missed two back over the strip, rallying to lead before just falling short behind Awesome D. J.; That runner’s follow-up at Laurel was not good, but just Saturday, he ran OK when third in a stake there. This one tried the Pegasus at MTH, but that talented field was a little much. He should be able to move forward in a manageable spot.
Race 72, 3, 4, 5, 9#2 Deciding Vote (6-1) has run back-to-back solid races without getting the money. The Eddie Graham trainee makes her first start since July her. Last time out she was fourth; the show horse returned to graduate and the top pair both ran second next out. Two back this one was a good second, and the winner doubled up next out… Very much on the fence about #3 Beam of Light (7-2); the numbers say she fits, and she transfers into the hard-hitting Trombetta barn. But she transfers out of the barn of Jorge Navarro, who is alleged to have committed all sorts of chemical wizardry on his horses, and you always have to wonder if horses from that barn will carry their form with them… Trainer McLean Robertson has tried two straight, without success, to get #4 Slime Queen (12-1) back on the lawn – and with good reason. She ran a terrific race to be third in her most recent turf try; she was the only horse to close significant ground in a race in which the top pair ran one-two all the way ’round… One of that top pair was #5 Gaelic Tales (9-2), who chased willingly but to no avail, just missing after bumping twice with the winner. She didn’t run badly in her follow-up, either, when third at Monmouth; the top pair were both Chad Brown shippers… Let’s give another crack here to #9 Lexophilia (10-1). The Delacour trainee made a bit of a middle move before tiring in her debut at Colonial Downs, gets Lasix added today…
WAGERING…A one-dollar Pick 3 will set you back $15.00.