DELAWARE PARK PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Oct. 9

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 9, 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:   5-3-6-2

Race #2   Picks:   7-5-6-4

Race #3   Picks:   8-2-4-7

Race #4   Picks:   5-8-7-2

Race #5   Picks:   3-2-10-1

In this $16,000 starter allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf #3 Unconquered Spirit (5-2) has been very competitive in his past two tries running an 84 figure in his most recent race. This race is a little shorter than he is used to, but that should not be a problem with his early running style. #2 Centerfoldprospect (7-2) is a consistent runner who recently won a first-level allowance race at this distance.  If he can repeat that race, he will be right in the mix. #10 Boat’s a Rockin (6-1) is coming in from Penn National for trainer Brandon Kulp, who is the second leading trainer at that track this year. The horse seems to be in a very good spot and has a chance today. If this race were being run on the dirt #1 First Citizen (9-2) would be a heavy favorite. He has been impressive enough on the dirt for us to give him a chance on the grass if Ness decides to go with him.

Race #6   Picks:   2-5-3-1

Race #7   Picks:   5-3-2-8

In this second-level allowance/optional claiming race for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf #5 Payntdembluesaway (8-5) has been away for over seven months, but she has come back from previous layoffs in good form. She was a beaten favorite when she ran fourth in the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes in her last try. If she can run that race back with this group, she will win going away.  #3 Olive Kat (9-2) ran some fast turf races over the summer and always puts in a game effort. She will be laying just off the pace and looking to pounce in deep stretch if others falter. #2 Strongerthanuknow (8-1) has run some competitive turf sprints at Monmouth recently and fits well with these. A chance. #8 Beautiful Grace (3-1) was facing tougher at Laurel in last and has shown some turf ability. We are a little reluctant because this will be her third race in 28 days.

Race #8   Picks:   5-4-1-6

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