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

Delaware Park has a 10-race card on tap this Wednesday to open the 2021 stand in Stanton. Post time for the opener is 1:15 p.m., and we’ve got Delaware Park picks.

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Race 33-1-5-8A nice combination of 3- and 4-year-olds in this maiden special weight, and the nod goes to #3 Tonal Verse (3-2). This classy filly was bought for $150,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in 2019.  She ran well at the Saratoga meet last year and Graham Motion is good at bringing back horses off the layoff.  Teaming up with jockey Carol Cedeno, who is going for her seventh riding title at Delaware… #1 Getting Lucke (5-1) is debuting for Mike Trombetta, who does well with maidens. Nice pattern of 5F works. She may have the stamina to keep running after 7 furlongs… You have to respect the trainer-jockey combo of Jonathan Thomas and Daniel Centeno with #5 Map the Moment (9-2); they had a 45% winning percentage in 20-21… Something must have gone sideways between August, when #8 Johnnie Merle (10-1) finished a decent third in a Saratoga maiden event, and January, when the onetime $260,000 weanling sold for $5,000. Still, that effort at the Spa is enough to warrant a look in here… If #9 Fyvie (6-1) draws in, give her a look…
Race 76-1-8-7In the second Maiden Special Weight of the day we like #6 Super Sport (3-1). This filly is well-bred for grass with some good 5-furlong works. She seems well prepped and ready to fire… Another possibility is #1 Turning Point (8-5).  Jersey Joe is aboard this Keeneland shipper, who has been facing tougher. She should improve in third start… #8 Tipsy Chatter (10-1) likely has a fitness edge on some of these, as she’s been racing regularly, and gave a credible account of herself in only career turf try at Aqueduct… First time on the grass for #7 Prime Coat (20-1), a daughter of Imagining, who was a Grade 1 winner on the green… If either #11 Arrest Warrant (7-2) or #14 My Desdemonia (8-1) draw in, they’re worth a look…
Race 106-7-8-3The last Maiden Special Weight event of the day is a 5 ½ F sprint. #6 Hope Has a Name (5-2) looks like a strong competitor here. Has improved every race and ran well above par last time. Any more improvement should put this filly over the top… #7 Mania (8-5) ran against much better last year as a 2-year-old but an almost eight-month layoff raises some questions. Consistent workout pattern looks promising… In the show spot we’ll take #8 Kats in Charge (8-1). Mark Reid firster has some good works and he wins at a 21% clip with horses in their debut… One other horse that should be considered is #3 Christine’s Cosmo (6-1). She ran a decent 3rd in her debut but needs to improve that figure to compete here.