DELAWARE PARK PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: August 4

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 August 4, 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!

Check out our other handicapping here!

Carryovers: None

Joe’s Selections

Race #1     Picks:   2-6-5-3

Race #2     Picks:   5-4-7-1

Race #3     Picks:   1-7-2-6

Race #4     Picks:   2-7-4-1

In this $32,000 Maiden Special Weight race for two-year-olds fillies and mares at five and a half furlongs, #2 Lanfrankophile (8-1) is our top choice. Her sire Practical Joke has an impressive record with two-year-old starters.  This filly has been working well and has a good chance today. #7 Blueberry Indygo (2-1) has been working well and Ben Perkins usually has them ready to run in their first try. A possibility. #4 Little Miss Sassy (5-1) is sired by Kantharos who’s 2-year-old get win at 17% on first asking. She has a nice workout pattern and has a shot here.  #1 Gold Dragon Queen (8-1) has been working well and Paul Aguirre is having some success with young horses. A possibility.

Race #5    Picks:   10-7-5-9

Race #6    Picks:   5-3-2-6

Race #7    Picks    8-9-6-11

In this $16,000 maiden claiming race for non-winners of two lifetime at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, #8 Vicarage (5-1) is a closer who has had some trouble in his last two. He may like the slightly longer distance but Eric Lopez needs to keep him in control because this horse has a tendency to be rank. If he this runner can stay focused, he has a good shot. #9 Fortyeightstraight (12-1) went very wide last time and it took energy to get back inside. If he can avoid the trouble that he has had in several races recently he should be in the mix. #6 Hushed Hijinks (7-2) is getting some class relief today. He is still unproven at this distance but lack of other strong competition today puts him in a good position.  #11 Aladdin Sane (10-1) ran well in a recent turf race at this distance and should be considered.

Race #8    Picks:    7-1-4-6

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