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

Delaware Park has a nine-race card on tap June 5. Post time for the opener is 1:15 p.m., and we’ve got Delaware Park picks.

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Carryovers: Pick 5, $23,851

Race 35-6-2-1This 5F turf 25K maiden claiming event is interesting because it is a mixture of first-time starters and horses with a good amount of experience, but not on the turf. This is a difficult race to handicap but #5 Philly Creed (7-2) has a shot. This filly has a couple of good works, and trainer Ben Perkins has a decent record with first-time starters… #6 Hankie Pank (12-1) broke awkwardly and drifted wide in debut, but showed enough speed in the middle of the race to be considered today... #2 Sunday Swagger (5-1) has a pedigree that says she might like the turf. She is worth a look… #1 Tak E Lady (12-1) has some experience which may benefit her running against a lot of first timers.
Race 75-1-2-9Here’s a starter/optional claimer going five furlongs on the turf. These types of races are usually won by horses with blazing early speed and #5 Sarasota Bay (12-1) fits that description. Although he has not been running much on the turf lately, he has two wins on the grass early in his racing career. I would not be surprised to see him go gate to wire today… #1 Baby Boomer (4-1) has been in great form, winning three of his last four down in Florida. He ran a 90 speed figure last out on the same surface and distance. He looks dangerous. One negative is that he struggled last year at Delaware… #2 Wild William (3-1) was running against better in New York prior to a six-month break from the track. If he can run back to the figures he ran last year he could win this race, but the long break raises a question about his condition… #9 American Talent (5-1) ran fairly well on the grass last year and should be considered.
Race 83-7-5-2In this second-level allowance/optional claimer at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track, #3 Where Paradise Lay (2-1) looks like the top threat here. He has been running good figures down in Florida but has been in against some tough horses. He is in an easier spot today and is the one to beat… Michael Stidham took over training duties for Bill Mott in November for #7 Cucina (3-1).  This horse has been training well since coming to Delaware from New York. One of the top horses in here if he can run back to last year’s figures… #5 High Velocity (4-1) has speed but usually tires late. He may have enough left to hold on for a part of the exotics in this short sprint… #2 King’s House (10-1) is another horse with early speed that needs to be respected.


  • Race 1: 3-1-2-4
  • Race 2: 4-3-1-6
  • Race 3: 5-2-1-11
  • Race 4: 7-4-2-5
  • Race 5: 5-4-6-3
  • Race 6: 2-1-5-4
  • Race 7: 1-9-8-3
  • Race 8: 3-7-2-1
  • Race 9: 6-1-5-3C