Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: June 30

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.

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Carryovers: None; Notes: Main track fast, turf firm

Race #1 Picks:  5-2-6-4

Race #2 Picks: 4-6-5-1A

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

Race #4 Picks: 6-3-9-1

Race #5 Picks: 4-1-2-3

Race #6 Picks: 9-4-1-6

In this $16,000 claiming race at five furlongs on the turf, #9 Coop Tries Harder (3-1) has been facing better at this distance and it looks like he’s found a good spot here dropping to his lowest level in a long time. He did not race well in last and must improve from that effort to win today. #4 Valiant Virtue (6-1) has run some good races on the turf and is one of the few horses in the race who still wants to run after four furlongs. He will be passing tired horses late. #1 W W Springtime (8-1) had a couple of solid efforts in his last two tries. He does tend to fade in the final furlong but isn’t facing any monsters today and might be able to hold on for a minor spot.  #6 Railmaster (4-1) is another grass sprinter who has stamina issues but should have enough left to be with the leaders at the top of the stretch.

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

In this first allowance/optional $16,000 claiming race at 6 furlongs, #5 Zen Master (6-5) looks very tough. This improving three-year-old has already beaten a couple of other horse in the race. Last speed figure was better than lifetime best of any other horse in here and he appears to be much the best. #3 Heaven’s Got Fire (4-1) left the maiden ranks in last after 14 tries. This horse does have speed and will be vying for the early lead. We think he will be able to hang on and get in on the action for the exotics. #4 Instigated (7-2) has six lifetime wins and usually puts in a decent effort. He looks a little outclassed with some others in here but should be good enough to hang on for a minor award. #6 A Penn Legacy (8-1) is getting some slight class relief and could factor in the exotics.

Race #8 Picks: 5-7-6-4