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 17, Post time for the opener is 1:15 p.m., and we’ve got Delaware Park picks.

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Carryovers: Pick 5, $16,590

Joe’s Selections

  • Race 1: 3-1A-5-2
  • Race 2: 5-1-2-3
  • Race 3: 10-3-7-2
  • Race 4: 1-4-2-6
  • Race 5: 2-4-1-6
  • Race 6: 1-5-2-6
    • In this $38,000 maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs, every entrant except for one is a first-time starter. #1 Gold Dragon Queen (3-1) was purchased for $25,000 and has solid breeding. Trainer Paul Aguirre does well with young horses, and this filly has been working well. We have her on top today. Jamie Ness trains #5 Cashing Big Checks (2-1).  This filly has a nice string of workouts, and Ness does well with first time starters.  A definite possibility. #2 Noble Bid (4-1) was purchased for $50,000 and sire Bernardini has a standing fee of $35,000, which are both the highest of any horse in the race. However, this filly only shows three workouts, which is a bit concerning. We are going to put #6 Luckbealadytonight (10-1) in the fourth position because she has some racing experience, which none of the others in here has. She finished fourth in maiden claiming company in her debut.
  • Race 7: 4-5-2-6
    • In this first-level allowance race for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf #4 Strongerthanuknow (9-2) has run some decent races against better at Monmouth and Belmont. Now trying the Delaware turf for the first time and we think his class and early speed will carry him today. #5 Beautiful Grace (3-1) has a win in her only turf try. She has been facing better on the dirt with some success. She certainly has a shot today against this group. Trainer Michael Stidham is 16% when returning horses after a six-month or longer layoff. #2 Doc Girl (5-1) fits this profile. This filly did show speed in her debut at the Fair Grounds, and if she can duplicate that effort she will be competitive today. #6 Danessa Baby (8-1) did show some ability in turf races at Gulfstream.  After a decent third-place finish on the dirt here at Delaware, she’s now returning to the turf and may be in the mix if she can match her earlier form.
  • Race 8: 1-6-3-4