Delaware Park picks and horses to watch: September 21

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

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

Race #3 Picks: 7-3-8-5

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

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

In this $20,000 claiming race for N2L at one mile, #1 Dia De Sol (8-1) was facing tough competition in Florida earlier this year. This will be her third race back and first at Delaware after a short break. Jose D’Angelo is taking over trainer duties and he wins at a 23% clip in 168 tries in this scenario. We think the class drop will help him win today. #9 Romantic Comedy (5-1) recently won on the turf and has won two of her last four She has some fast works, and Ness and Rodriguez are very hot at the moment. #6 Annagangsta (7-2) beat Dia De Sol in last when she got a perfect outside trip. If she can repeat that performance, she will be right in the mix. #5 Paynt by Number (8-1) almost won at $25,000 two back. Now second back after a five-month break and should improve.

Race #6 Picks: 4-2-1-7

Race #7 Picks: 4-1-2-6

In this $62,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares at one mile #4 Let’s Cruise (4-1) had the early lead in the Delaware Handicap, but 1 ¼ miles proved to be too far for her and she faded. She is facing weaker competition today, and one mile should be much more to her liking. We think she has a chance to take this field gate to wire. #1 Malibu Beauty (6-1) has run well at Delaware before. Proved she could run a route at Timonium in last. She is a top contender.   #2 Sweet Willemina (3-1) was very sharp at Parx before running evenly at Saratoga. This field is likely not as strong as the ones she faced in New York, and she should be in the mix. #6 Flight to Shanghai (8-1) has faced tough competition, and if she can get a better start than she did on last will be able to compete here.

Race #8 Picks: 1-2-6-3