Pink Caddy
Pink Caddy was much the best in the 2019 Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park. Photo by The Racing Biz.

Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap July 8, including the $50,000 Sussex Stakes. Post time for the opener is 1:15 p.m., and we’ve got Delaware Park picks.

Also, check out Joe’s picks for every Delaware Park race on the Delaware Park simulcast feed!

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Carryovers: None

Joe’s Selections

  • Race 1: 4-1-5-2
  • Race 2: 5-6-4-3
  • Race 3: 7-2-1A-5
  • Race 4: 4-7-1A-5
  • Race 5: 10-8-14-2 (dirt picks: 11-7-1-13)
    • This $25,000 claiming race for non winners of three at a mile on the turf is a very competitive contest with a large field. Our approach here is going to be use horses who have run the highest Beyer figures on two-turn grass races.  #10 Jack the Umpire (10-1) fits this profile. He has several two-turn turf races with a speed figure of 80 or above and has faced tough competition. He hasn’t done much so far in his four-year-old season, but he needed his last and we like him on top today. #8 Rohrbacher (8-1) ran some strong turf races last year before taking a break. He came back with a decent showing at Pimlico. He will need to improve off that race to be competitive today, but that race was a good prep for a better effort today. #14 On the Couch (4-1) has been facing New York-breds in optional claiming races without much success.  Now racing at Delaware with a $25,000 tag. He should be in the mix if he runs like has the last couple of races in New York. #2 Flowmotion (5-1) has run some very good turf races but he looked very sluggish last time out.  If he runs his best, he is formidable, but his breaks away from racing make us question his fitness.  A strong possibility if he is ready.
  • Race 6: 7-4-3-8
  • Race 7: 6-8-1-4 (dirt picks: 4-7-1-9
    • In the $50,000 Sussex Stakes for Delaware-bred or -certified three-year-olds and up at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf, #6 Cannon’s Roar (2-1) is the most consistent turf performer in today’s event. He is always game and appears much better than the others in this group. He is the one to beat. #8 Taxable Goods (12-1) ran in the Maryland Million Turf Stakes with Cannon’s Roar in October and ran a respectable sixth in a large field. He makes sense with this group of horses.  #1 Samedi Night (8-1) ran evenly in the Get Serious Stakes in his last at Monmouth. His 84 figure wasn’t a bad effort considering he hadn’t run on the grass in a long time, and he may improve today. #4 Indian Lake (7-2) ran second in the Jersey Derby in May, but he has only run once on the grass. He did show he could handle the turf with a respectable 75 figure, which would put him in the mix again today.
  • Race 8: 3-2-5-7