DELAWARE PARK PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Oct. 7

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 October 7, 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:   2-3-4-6

Race #2   Picks:   7-3-1-2

Race #3   Picks:   2-5-6-4

Race #4   Picks:   4-9-5-7

Race #5   Picks:   5-7-3-8

Race #6   Picks:   8-4-3-2

In this first-level $40,000 allowance race at 6 furlongs, we like #8 Chrisatude (4-1). After being claimed by Jamie Ness, he went on to win a state-bred allowance race running a 79 figure.  This turned out to be a key race as three other horses returned to win their next races. This runner has been working well and may improve again today. #4 Ellas My Love (2-1) just missed last time at this level. He is having a good year with three wins in seven tries and should be right in the mix again today. #3 Smithwick’s Spice (4-1) has run some decent races and did not disgrace himself in the New Castle Stakes. Could get a minor piece of the pie. #2 Tapsasional (8-1) has been running against other horses in this race and held his own against them. He should be competitive with this group.

Race #7   Picks:   3-1-2-6  

In this second-level allowance/optional claiming race at one mile #3 Shoo Shine (9-5) has the speed to take this field gate to wire. This three-year-old ran the best race of his lifetime in last, but ran second to a very tough rival in Aspect. If he can repeat that effort, he should be able to handle this field, and we have him on top. #1 Wentz (7-2) is part of an entry and if he runs, he will be a contender today. He ran some fast races at Parx with big figures against some of the best horses on the grounds. He fits very well with these. #2 Shackqueenking (6-1) is coming back after a seven-month break. He was facing tough rivals in stakes races prior to the layoff. Trainer Gary Capuano wins at 19% when bringing horses back from breaks greater than 180 days, and this horse has been working well. A chance.  #6 My Boy Lenny (8-1) has enough speed to make it interesting and should improve in second back from a layoff.

Race #8   Picks:   3-6-7-1

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