Delaware Park picks and analysis: May 27, 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: 2-4-5-1
In the $8000 starter allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs, #2 Mr. Pete (6-1) is trained by Timothy Keiser, who wins at a 32% clip when shipping to Delaware. This horse has been facing better at Penn and we have him on top today. #4 Spotted Bull (6-1) has two wins and one second in five tries at Delaware and has a slight class advantage over some of the others in this race. He’s thrown in a few clunkers against better recently, but he appears to be in a good spot here. #5 Bazoo (3-1) has three straight speed figures in the 70’s and is in good form now. He is very consistent and will be one of the top contenders again.
Race #2 Picks: 6-3-5-7
This $5000 claiming race at six furlongs is extremely lacking for talent. We will try to isolate the best of the worst and go with #6 Cactus Jack (6-1). He did flash early speed against better at Gulfstream earlier this year and if he can repeat his race of December 2022, he has a good shot today. He is making his first start at Delaware and perhaps he will like the surface. #3 Underdog is (3-1) was holding his own against this level at Fair Grounds and will try the Delaware oval for the first time. #5 W W Springtime (5-2) has only three wins in 42 lifetime starts but is returning to dirt, which seems to be his preferred surface. He had some decent races at Laurel last year.
Race #3 Picks: 8-4-6-3
In this $38,000 first-level allowance race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Christophe Clement is bringing #8 Lightress (2-1) from Tampa, where she was competitive against better in February. This looks like a great spot for her and we have her on top. #4 Inanna’s Quest (9-2) has shown she can compete at this level on the turf and does show three wins in six tries on the Delaware grass. #6 Galilei (3-1) was facing tougher at Laurel last year but will need more speed out of the gate to win this event. She will be closing late.
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Race #4 Picks: 2-1-7-5
In this starter/optional claiming race at one mile and 70 yards, Gary Capuano has found a level where #2 Golden Gulley (4-1) can be very competitive. There is no reason why this won’t continue, and this runner likes Delaware, where he has two wins in five tries with a second and a third. #1 Seiche (3-1) has been dull this year, but with this trainer/Jockey combo it’s only a matter of time until he gets back on track, and this is a good spot for him. Newcomer Diane Morici is bringing #7 Ain’t Wasting Time (6-1) to Delaware after a break, who showed some running ability in Florida last year. Workout line shows some fitness, and this is a good longshot play.
Race #5 Picks: 1-4-8-6
In this $16,000 maiden claiming race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, #1 Louise Brooks (9-2) is making her debut on the turf. She has some decent races on the dirt and the surface switch could lead to improvement. She does not have much to beat in here, and we have her on top. #4 Peace Fire (7-2) has had some decent races in Tampa with maiden claimers on the turf. If she can match those races she has a shot here. #8 Ahsoka (8-1) is making her first start. Trainer Keri Biron has won at a 20% clip with firsters this year.
Joe’s Early Pick 5
- Race #1: 2,4
- Race #2: 6,3,5,7
- Race #3: 8
- Race #4: 2,1,7
- Race #5: 1,4,8,6
Total wager: $48.00 (50-cent base)
Race #6 Picks: 1-6-4-5
In the $150,000 Obeah Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles, #1 Morning Matcha (8-5) has been very competitive in graded stakes races including running a closing third in the Delaware Oaks last year. She started her four-year-old season making short work of a small group of Pennsylvania state-breds in the Unique Bella Stakes. She looks like the class of the field here, and we have her on top. #6 Traverse (5-2) steadily improved this year until she ran into a tough field in the Grade 3 Baird Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland. She should rebound off that effort and regain her form today. #4 Hybrid Eclipse (9-2) struggled in last and is looking to improve off that effort and get back to her recent form. She looks a notch below that top two but should get a minor piece of the pie.
Race #7 Picks: 3-1-10-6
In this $16,000 claiming race for N3L at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, #3 Reconvene (9-2) was holding his own against better horses at Monmouth last year. This will be his first start for new trainer James L Lawrence after being away since September, and he will try to regain last year’s form. #1 Ready Reward (8-1) seems to like the Delaware grass as he has run well in his only two starts here. He isn’t facing tough competition today and it’s possible he will repeat those efforts. #10 Mayor Remo (8-1) was running well on the synthetic at Gulfstream last year and that might translate to a good performance here.
Race #8 Picks: 8-9-5-1
In this $6250 maiden claiming race at 5 ½ furlongs, #8 Get Them Digits (2-1) has showed some speed but not been able to cross the line first in his ten lifetime starts. Now dropping to $6250 which may allow him to win today. #9 Citi Creek (4-1) is dropping today after flashing some speed with better at Laurel. He will try to go gate to wire and has a chance to win if he can get free. #5 Estilo Clasico (6-1) was running with better here at Delaware last year. He has been showing some speed in his works and has a shot at this level.