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

Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap June 2. Post time for the opener is 1:15 p.m., and we’ve got Delaware Park picks.

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Race 11-2-4-1AToday’s card begins with a 5-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds, Delaware’s first baby race of the year. All of the entrants in this race are first time starters. #1 A Dangerous Guy (3-1, part of entry) was sired by Violence and is out of a Magna Graduate mare, which means this two-year-old colt may want to run early. He has shown some excellent works and merits serious consideration… #2 Heartness (6-1) is another horse who looks like he may want to run early, and he has some decent works at Delaware. Definitely one to strongly consider… #4 Maryland Brando (9-5) has some strong workouts and a nice workout pattern. He’s another one in here who has a good shot… If Scott Lake decides to run #1A Rich’s Way (3-1) instead of A Dangerous guy, he is another top contender based on his workouts.
Race 62-7-1-6In this allowance/optional claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs, #2 Jungle Juice (2-1) looks like she has the advantage. If this mare is at her best she can beat this group. The trip may be a little short for her, so she will need a good break… #7 Larimar (3-1) is in great form and the horse she beat in her last race came back to win a nice allowance race at Monmouth. This filly is a top contender here… #1 A.P. Princess (6-1) was running at Oaklawn and showed good speed figures. Fits very well with this group and could surprise with a big effort… #6 Trunk of Money (7-2) always has a shot and should be used in any exotics.
Race 78-1-2-4In this turf allowance race at 1mile and 70 yards, #8 Food and Wine (8-1) has been in the top three in six of 13 turf races lifetime with two wins. He should be able to get an uncontested lead with this group. He is coming off a lifetime best speed figure in his last… #1 Benandjoe (8-1) has two wins in three lifetime starts on the turf including a sharp race at Pimlico in May. Hugh McMahon is giving him another try on the turf possibly to see if that is his preferred racing surface… #2 Small Hope (7-2) Is a very consistent runner who seldom runs a bad race but has hard time finding his way to the winner’s circle lately. He did have one win at Gulfstream last year and fits well with these… #4 Kobla Mas (8-1) did a little running late last time at Keeneland after getting bumped early. Worth a look.