Miss Marissa
Miss Marissa proved best in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Delaware Park has a nine-race card on tap October 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!

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Carryovers: None

Joe’s Selections

Race #1   Picks:   5-4-1-6

Race #2   Picks:   1-7-3-4

In this starter/optional claiming race at one mile #1 Tate (8-1) just missed in sprint races in his last two. Now he’s stretching out to a mile and looks like he may want the extra distance. His speed figures are competitive and we have him on top today. #7 Artistic Reason (3-1) enjoyed the class drop and almost won in his first try at Delaware in last. He seemed to like the Delaware surface and shows a recent bullet work. If he can improve off last, he will be a top contender. #3 Golden Tone (6-1) improved to graduate from the maiden ranks in last and could get involved if he runs his best. #4 Behemah Star (8-1) ran a 78 figure in last, but the one-mile distance today is a question mark. If he can handle the distance, he could be a threat.

Race #3   Picks:   4-3-6-7

Race #4   Picks:   8-7-3-6

Race #5   Picks:   8-9-1-3

Race #6   Picks:   8-3-9-1

Race #7   Picks:   6-3-8-4

In this $25,000 claiming race for NW3 at six furlongs, even though #6 Heir Port (8-1) has been running with Maryland-bred or -sired horses recently, he still looks like he may have a class edge over these. Five or six furlongs on the dirt seems to be his bread-and-butter, and he will be getting that today. We like him on top. #3 King Nekia (10-1) has been running very well lately. We will throw out his last because he hopped at the gate and got a terrible start. He has been working well in the morning and has a shot with this group. #8 Palatial Times (5-2) has won two of his last three and will be looking to clear another condition today. He is in good form and should be considered.  #4 Expensive Style (7-2) very seldom runs a bad race and should be used in all exotic bets.

Race #8   Picks:   3-5-7-4

Race #9   Picks:   2-6-3-8