DELAWARE PARK PICKS AND HORSES TO WATCH: Oct. 21

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 21, 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:   5-2-7-1

Race #2   Picks:   1-4-3-5

Race #3   Picks:   3-4-2-10

Race #4   Picks:   3-2-5-7

Race #5   Picks:   2-5-6-4

Race #6   Picks:   4-6-5-1

In this allowance/optional claiming race for fillies and mares NW3 at one mile and 70 yards, #4 Miss Leslie (2-1) looks very tough. She has only run in stakes races this year including a Grade 2 and two Grade 3 races. She didn’t win them, but she did not embarrass herself either. This is a drop in class for her and we think she is fast enough to win today. #6 Trolley Ride (3-1) has also been facing very good competition that included Chub Wagon in last. That group proved to be way too tough for this Pennsylvania-bred, but she has done well in PA-bred stakes races and almost won the Caesar’s Wish stakes at Pimilco.  She has run speed figures in the 80s and is a top contender.  #5 Villanelle (4-1) looks to be just a notch below the top two but is lightly raced and the horse in this race that is most likely to improve. It’s possible that she will put in a good performance today. #1 Dancer’s Melody (6-1) always puts in a good effort and could make an impact if she runs her best today.

Race #7   Picks:   7-2-1-9

In this $40,000 first-level allowance race for fillies and mares at 6 furlongs, #7 Alta Velocita (2-1) made a bold move to finish second in last after trailing the field early. She has run first or second in her last six races. She will be closing late again, and no other horses in here appear fast enough to steal it from her. She is easily our top choice in this event. #2 Miss Liana (9-2) came out flat in her first try at Delaware after being claimed at Saratoga in August. She may have needed that race, and this time we think she will run closer to the form she was showing this summer, which would put her above most of the runners in this group.  #1 R Averie Lynn (6-1) will set the pace in a race without a lot of early speed. Even though she is a notch below some others in class, an easy lead is always dangerous. In the fourth spot we are going to take a shot with #9 Fifth Risk (8-1).  This horse showed a lot of promise last year but has had two long breaks and a trainer change. We can only speculate that the horse had a physical problem, but it is worth taking a shot at a long price.

Race #8   Picks:   1-4-6-7

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