Delaware Park picks and analysis: May 25, 2023
Live racing at Delaware Park kicks off May 24 and runs through late October.
Once again this year, we will have Delaware Park picks and analysis for every day of live racing at the venerable track.
Today’s card features eight races.
Race #1 Picks: 2-6-4-5
In this $5000 claiming race for fillies and mares at 6 furlongs, #2 Daily Briefing (5-2) is coming from Tampa where she was running against better. She has a couple of decent works at Delaware, and this race looks like a good spot for her. #6 Insightful (8-5) is coming off a two-year layoff but shows a series of bullet works and is in the hands of Jamie Ness and has Jaime Rodriguez aboard, which has to be respected. Still, we wonder why this mare is for sale for $5000 if she has any ability. #4 Moon Me Again (7-2) needed her last try at Tampa. She has been in the top three finishers in 10 of 13 races at Delaware Park and should be considered.
Race #2 Picks: 8-5-1-7
In this $6,250 maiden claiming race for fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs, #8 Bahamian Sky (8-1) showed a flash of early speed in last two against better at Parx. She might be able to hold her speed against this weak field. #5 Dats a Superstar (2-1) was holding her own against better at Delta Downs and has a string of consistent works at Laurel. She is a top contender today. #1 Let’s Make a Zeen (6-1) is dropping in class for Michael Gorham and could be dangerous if the front end of this weak field collapses.
Race #3 Picks: 2-5-3-4
In the $16,000 claiming race for fillies and mares N3L at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, #2 Brummagem (6-1) came back from a long layoff to just miss last year at Delaware. Struggled in the slop in a race taken off the turf in last and now back on the turf and she fits well here. #5 Mosalah (5-2) is making her 6yo debut after a long break and getting major class relief from what she faced last year. Very dangerous if she’s ready to run. #3 Glossamer (6-1) is also coming back from a long break but was competitive at this level last year. Will be in the mix if she is fit.
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Race #4 Picks: 4-2-3-1
In this allowance/$50,0000 optional claiming race for three-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs, most of the horses are making their three-year-old debut which makes this race unpredictable. #4 Apple Picker (5-2) didn’t fire as the favorite at the conclusion of her two-year-old season but now has a new trainer and has been working well. Lots of back class here, and she is capable of a big effort. #2 Sansa Ariel (9-5) has speed figures to compete for the top spot, but man need a race to give her best effort. Bullet work at Fair Grounds is a good sign. #3 Princess Chessie (6-1) won twice at Delaware last year and should improve on her second race back this year. Should be in the mix.
Race #5 Picks: 4-5-1-7
In this $8000 claiming race at 5 1/2 furlongs, #4 American Unity (3-2) was walked off last June and returned with a conditioning race at Parx a couple weeks ago. Now dropping to $8000 and we are going to speculate that he is fit enough to win at this level. #5 Young Turk (3-1) is a speed ball that usually runs out of gas before the finish line. This drop in class and a shorter distance may help him get there this time. #1 Another Lulu (5-1) is coming back for a seven-month layoff, but the class drop should help him get a minor award.
Day one results
Top Picks: 8
Top Pick Winners: 5
Win Pct; 62.5%
$2 ROI: $4.77
Race #6 Picks: 2-3-6-11
In this $38,000 maiden special weight race at one mile and 70 yards on the turf, #2 Line of Sight (9-2) showed early speed on synthetic in his debut at Turfway Park and has been working very well recently. Michael Stidham does well with fresh horses, and we are going to give this gelding the nod in this event. #3 Faringdon (8-1) is a first-time starter sired by Twirling Candy who’s get win 17% of their first starts. He has been working well and has a shot today. #6 Scorestosettle (15-1) showed a flash of speed on the turf in last and is now moving up from the claiming ranks which may mean the connections like what they see.
Race #7 Picks: 2-5-11-9
In this $45,000 open allowance race at 6 furlongs, #2 Alwaysinahurry (5-1) is always competitive and competes well against other horses in this event and looks slightly better than the others. #5 Yodel E. A. Who (6-1) has been competitive with this group before and is one of the top contenders. #11 Classier (9/2) won his last start against this group and will be a top contender again today.
Race #8 Picks: 5-1-4-3
In this $38,000 maiden special weight race at 5 ½ furlongs, #5 Runaway Jack (9-5) has been running well against tough competition at Oaklawn. We think he is the class of this race and will prevail. #1 Devilment (8-1) could be a live first-time-starter. His workouts are improving and we think he will run well in his debut. #4 Freestanding (6-1) was sluggish as the favorite in his debut, but now getting Lasix and blinkers, and is now gelded which might improve his performance.