DELAWARE PARK PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Sept. 20

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 September 20, 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:   5-1-2-4

Race #2   Picks:   3-2-5-7

Race #3   Picks:   6-3-4-9

Race #4   Picks:   1-6-4-2

Race #5   Picks:   3-1-4-9

Race #6   Picks:   7-5-6-4

In this $40,000 first-level allowance race at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf #7 The Sicarii (3-1) is winless this year but has been facing stiff competition in New York. He tends to break poorly which cost him in last.  This is a short race, but we think he will have enough speed to get to the wire, but if he gets left in the gate it will be a big  problem. Even with his shortcomings he has been working well and we have him on top. Andrew Simoff is bringing his recent Del Mar claim #5 Satchel de Ritches (2-1) to Delaware.  This gelding was running well in lower-level claiming races, and it will be interesting to see how those performances will translate to a Delaware Park allowance race. #6 Starburst (8-1) won his first two dirt tries before running up the track in a grass effort. Now back on his preferred surface and he should improve. #4  Grandeur (6-1) improved in his first three races and may run a good one today.

Race #7   Picks:   7-3-5-1

In this $16,000 starter allowance for fillies and mares at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf #7 Judi Blue Eyes (5-2) ran some good races with similar horses at Pimlico. If she can match her May races, she will be very tough to beat today.  #3 Witch (7-2) always puts in a good effort and has enough speed to be a top contender today. #5 Lake Parima (8-1) is another filly that almost always puts in a good effort and must be used in any exotic plays.  #1 Bella Pierina (4-1) may be reaching the form she had in Tampa, and if so she could be very dangerous in this one.

Race #8   Picks:   1A-2-3-6

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