Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: July 23

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: 2-5-1-6

In this $25,000 maiden claiming Race for fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs, #2 Fabs (1-1) was disqualified from purse money in last for a phenylbutazone overage, but a good work on July 11 signals she may be able to repeat her debut effort. #5 Days Remembered (5-1) moves to Daniel Velazquez’s barn and has shown some speed early in races. #1 Windy Reign (7-2) has shown some ability in last couple races and a 52 speed figures is better than most in this field have achieved. #6 Ariana Valentina (6-1) is dropping in class and could improve

Race #2 Picks: 4-7-3-1

In this optional claiming/starter allowance race at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track, #4 Beverly Park (2-1) has won 19 races in 36 career starts. This versatile horse has lots of early speed and is facing a field where he might be able to get clear. We have him on top in what will be his 20th start of the season for trainer Norman Cash. #7 Substantial (6-1) won going away in last after class drop. should be very competitive with this group. #3 Kevin Witte (8-1) will have some pace to run at today and will be closing late. #1 Ellas My Love (3-1) beat several others in this field in last.

Race #3 Picks: 6-2-4-3

Race #4 Picks: 3-9-8-5

Race #5 Picks: 6-9-4-10

Race #6 Picks: 1A-8-7-6

In this allowance/optional claiming race for N1X at one mile and 70 yards, #1A Southern Bridge (3-1) had a one year break before running in an allowance race at Laurel where he dueled and had the lead before fading in the stretch. He needed that race and is getting perhaps a bit of class relief today. We have him on top.  #8 Maximus Midani (8-1) will be stalking the pace and looking for an opening in the stretch. He has four wins in 14 lifetime starts and is a contender in this race. #7 Undercover Kitty (9-5) last out won the off-the-turf $100,000 Crowd Pleaser Stakes with an 85 speed figure. Now back against horses who prefer the dirt. #6 Hard Lightning (9-2) is a deep closer and will be running late. Could make some noise if the speed falters.

Race #7 Picks: 5-9-10-2

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