Delaware Handicap day stakes picks

It’s Delaware Handicap day at Delaware Park, featuring four stakes. The day is topped by the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes.

Who do our pickers like? Where’s the value? Read on to find out how the big races shape up.

Dashing Beauty Stakes

Joe ParisiFrank Vespe
1.#7 Street Lute (7-2)#2 Cinnabunny (4-1)
2.#5 Cilla (5-2)#5 Cilla (5-2)
3.#2 Cinnabunny (4-1)#7 Street Lute (7-2)

Fillies and mares will go six furlongs on the main track in this $100,000 contest, and it’s an interesting group of horses that will line up… #7 Street Lute (7-2) is a Delaware lover who hasn’t lost in four tries over the strip and has earned more than $600,000… #2 Cinnabunny (4-1) ran second in the Susquehanna Valley last out, and that’s a solid outing: winner Fille d’Esprit is very fast when she’s on her game, and the show horse, Kaylasaurus, is herself a stakes winner… #5 Cilla (5-2) was beaten favorite last out in the Skipat but is a multiple stakes winner who did not disgrace herself two back in G1 company…

Battery Park Stakes

Joe ParisiFrank Vespe
1.#2 Phat Man (2-1)#8 Gentleman Joe (12-1)
2. #5 Magic Michael (5-1) #5 Magic Michael (5-1)
3.#1 Tax (3-1)#1 Tax (3-1)

Morning line favorite #2 Phat Man (2-1) is the defending champ and certainly has some strong efforts on the page. He enters with a couple of somewhat off-color efforts, but he won’t have to see the likes of Grade 1 winners Mind Control and Hot Rod Charlie as he did in his last… #8 Gentleman Joe (12-1) has run a pair of big ones, and that last at Laurel was terrific… #5 Magic Michael (5-1) is a Grade 3 winner and has compiled three separate three-race win streaks since coming into the Jamie Ness barn. His last, on turf, can be forgiven… #1 Tax (3-1) is a near-millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner. But he’s been away 18 months. Your move…

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Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes

Joe ParisiFrank Vespe
1.#6 Stand Tall (4-1)#5 Sister Otoole (8-1)
2.#10 Temple City Terror (3-1)#10 Temple City Terror (3-1)
3.#9 Luck Money (6-1)#9 Luck Money (6-1)

Fillies and mares three and up will go 11 furlongs on (hopefully) the turf… #6 Stand Tall (4-1) was a near-miss second last out in the 12-furlong Keertana at Churchill… #5 Sister Otoole (8-1) has been pointed to this contest for a couple of months, and while perhaps a touch below the best in here might offer some value… Morning line fave #10 Temple City Terror (3-1) was up late to win the Keertana for the second-straight year last out and was third in this event a year ago…#9 Luck Money (6-1) has been sniffing around a graded stakes win for a while. The Delacour trainee made a bit of a middle move in last, with blinkers on, and the trainer peels them off today…

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Grade 2 Delaware Handicap

Joe ParisiFrank Vespe
1.#7 Miss Leslie (2-1)#6 Bees and Honey (6-1)
2.#4 Battle Bling (3-1)#4 Battle Bling (3-1)
3.#6 Bees and Honey (6-1)#7 Miss Leslie (2-1)

Fillies and mares three and up will go 1 1/4 miles on the main track in the meet’s featured event… Morning line favorite #7 Miss Leslie (2-1) won the Obeah, the local prep for the DelCap, despite taking a right turn in mid-stretch, and connections think she’ll go as far as she needs… #6 Bees and Honey (6-1) impressed in winning the G3 Comely last fall and makes her third start off the bench today… #4 Battle Bling (3-1) got run down late in the Obeah but has bested Miss Leslie at nine furlongs…

[VIDEO: Two to watch at a price]