Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: August 25

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

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

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

Race #3 Picks: 6-5-10-7

Race #4 Picks: 6-5-7-2

Race #5 Picks: 8-1-4-10

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

In this $44,000 first level allowance race at 1 1/16 miles, New York-based trainer Carlos Martin is sending #4 Rocco Strong (7-2). Martin won at Delaware last year with his only runner, and this horse also looks tough. New York shippers often do well here because the racing is tougher there. This one has been working well after a four-month layoff, and we have him on top today. #1A Flat Out Flying (5-2) has won 5-of-6 starts at Delaware and loves this track. Has won his last two with good figures and is a contender. #6 Shoot Themessenger (6-1) has won two straight and is in top form. This three-year-old is improving, and if he can best his last two, he will be a contender. #3 Image Maker (8-1) has been running well at Laurel and is getting his regular jockey today.

Race #7 Picks: 6-7-10-3

In this $44,000 first level allowance race for fillies and mares at about 5 furlongs on the turf, #6 Silvery Rill (4-1) had some trouble in last when she got shuffled back. With a better trip she would have had a shot to win as she was closing late. We have her on top today. #7 Still My Babe (5-1) is making her third start this year, and we are expecting improvement. We think she is in a good spot and is a top contender. She will need to get a good start in this five-furlong sprint. #10 Chromeplated Heart (6-1) is an also eligible, and if she draws in, she should be considered. She ran well at Laurel in her first race this year and should improve today. We think she is in a good position to have a big race.  #3 Fast Lani (3-1) has excellent early speed but tends to fade late. She did not fare well when she tried the Delaware turf last year, but has enough speed to set the pace and is the one the others will be chasing early.

Race #8 Picks: 8-3-1-5