Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: September 8

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: Off the turf

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

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

Race #3 Picks: 6-4-1-2

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

Race #5 Picks: 6-7-10-4

Race #6 Picks: 1-7-5-9

In this $12,500 claiming race at one mile, Jamie Ness has a strong entry. He usually drops to win and #1 Davidic Line (2-1) fits that bill. He was facing tougher at Parx and looks to be the best of this group. #7 Morocco (7-2) almost won at this level in last. This deep closer will be running late and will need some speed to run at to win. There is not a lot of speed in this race, but it is a weak field and he will be a good competitor.  #5 Vicarage (6-1) has won two straight and is now moving up to $12,500. He is in good form and should be considered. #9 Ellas My Love (5-1) ran well in last and has already beaten a couple of other horses in this field. Could get a piece.

Race #7 Picks: 11-10-7-12

The $150,000 Cape Henlopen Stakes has been taken off the turf and will be contested at 1 ½ miles on the main track. #11 Alex Joon (12-1) owns a couple of wins on the main track and has relatively recent dirt form, having won a dirt race in March. He’ll be making his third start off a layoff here and catches a field likely to be shortened by scratches and light on dirt experience… #10 Highway Bound (15-1) won his most recent dirt start impressively, taking a Penn National allowance by seven lengths back in April. Trainer Chuck Lawrence opted to switch surfaces with him thereafter, and he’s made his last five starts on turf or on synthetic. If he successfully makes the switch back to dirt, he projects to be the main speed and will have a major say in the outcome… Though #7 Whiskey Double (8-1) has made his last two starts on the lawn, all three of his victories have come on the main track. His prior dirt form is certainly good enough, but distance is a question: his most recent dirt win, in January, came going six furlongs…

Race #8 Picks: 2-3-5-4