Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: June 9

Delaware Park has an eight-race card on tap this afternoon, Post time for the opener is 12:30 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; Notes: Off the turf

Race #1 Picks: 1-2-4-5

Race #2 Picks: 2-4-5-3

Race #3 Picks: 3-4-1-2

Race #4 Picks: 6-7-3-5

Race #5 Picks: 11-12-1-7

Race #6 Picks: 5-3-7-9

Race #7 Picks: 3-7-5-4

This third-level allowance/optional claimer has been taken off the turf and will be run at one mile on the main track. Either way – turf or dirt – looks to be OK with top choice #3 Indian Lake (4-1). The Jamie Ness trainee had no answers for American Patrol last out, but that looks like something a lot of horses will say by the end of the year. Prior he was a good second at Laurel versus similar. The surface switch allows #7 Scar (6-1) to draw in, and while he’s been off since October – and his last wasn’t great – prior form suggests he fits with these. He seems to do his best work when engaged early, and in a compact field and breaking from the outer post, he should be able to find a good spot. Let’s see if a two-month breather gets #5 Bobby G (10-1) back to his better form. He’d been busy before that while keeping good company. #4 Kendama (6-1) will try the main track for the first time today. His breeding suggests that shouldn’t be a problem, but making his first start in almost 18 months around two turns may be, though the work tab looks fine.

Race #8 picks: 8-7-1-2

In this $32,000 claiming race for N2L at 5 ½ furlongs, #8 Must Be Love (3-1) trained by Dale Capuano found $50,000 claimers a little too tough and is getting some class relief today. We think he found his level and will cross the wire first. Capuano’s other horse in this race, #7 Simply Valid (8-1), is also dropping. He went to his knees at the gate in last and appeared to get in some heavy dirt near the rail on the far turn. We think he will improve today. #1 Trustyourinstinct (2-1) started slowly at this distance in last. If he can get a better start today, he will be right in the mix. The Jamie Ness-trained #2 Pelota (4-1) won by almost ten lengths while graduating from the maiden ranks in last. This will be a step up, but Ness often surprises.