Miss Marissa
Miss Marissa proved best in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap July 14, 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: 4-3-1-2
  • Race 2: 5-2-1-3
  • Race 3: 7-6-9-4
  • Race 4: 6-4-1-5
  • Race 5: 13-10-2-7
  • Race 6: 5-6-1-2
  • Race 7: 2-3-1-14
    • This $12,500 claiming race at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf is very competitive with quite a few contenders. #2 National Honor (3-1) will try the Delaware turf after last racing at Gulfstream six months ago. He has been working well and Jane Cibelli is a hot trainer who is good at bringing horses back fresh. We have him on top today.  #3 Jag (6-1) might have been in over his head last time in terms of class and distance. Now he’s moving back down in class and at a distance he can handle.  He hasn’t won since 2019 but he has a shot today. #1 Gunslinger (5-1) was very rank and threw in a clunker last time, but is capable of a big effort if he can get back to his earlier form. It wouldn’t be a shocker if he was in the mix today. #14 Cloontia (10-1) is a nine-year-old who has seen better days, but if this also-eligible runner gets in, he will get the lead, and the distance may be to his liking.
  • Race 8: 2-6-3-1
    • In this first-level allowance/ optional claiming race at six furlongs, there is lots of early speed and that sets up well for a presser like #2 Where Paradise Lay (9-5). He made a big late run last time but couldn’t quite get up in time.  Today’s race is adding a half-furlong and he’ll have a lot of pace to chase.  He looks good in this spot. #6 In The Loop (7-2) is a speed burner who will try to take this field gate to wire. If the track is speed favoring he has a chance to be successful. We’ll see how the track plays in earlier races to decide how to play him. #3 Rileys Dude (6-1) is a three-year-old that is still improving. He may not have reached his potential and could beat his earlier performances today. #1 Kid d’Oro (5-2) is another horse that may benefit from a hot early pace today. He should be considered.