Delaware Park picks and analysis: September 15, 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, and first post is 12:30 EDT.

Today’s carryovers: None

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

In this $25,000 claiming race at one mile and 70 yards, #4 Grand Pick (5-2) has already beaten several horses in this race and there is no reason for that not to continue today. This three-year-old seems to be getting better, and we think he will prevail today.  #6 Winged Foot (9-5), after winning on the turf here at Delaware, went to Parx and won on the dirt. Now returning to Delaware after only ten days to run again and he will look to continue his strong performances. #3 Delta Ridge (4-1) has been running well at Delaware and fits well with this group.

Race #2 Picks: 4-6-7-3

In this $6250 N2L maiden claiming race at six furlongs, #4 Mr. Laoban (4-1) won a maiden race going away at Delaware prior to having a problem-filled race at Parx when he was running with the leader on the backstretch and then just stopped running. Now he is back to a track where he seems more comfortable, and we have him on top today. #6 Simpson Bay (3-1) has a very odd past performance line. He won a maiden special weight race at Hawthorne and then ran in a $6250 claiming race ten days later and had to be vanned off. Now coming to Delaware six weeks later to try $6250 again. He is running for a high-percentage trainer and looks dangerous if ready. #7 Grand Manner (9-2) had a couple decent races at Timonium and could be in the mix.

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

In this optional claiming/starter allowance race at five furlongs on the turf, #6 Summer Bee (3-1) has been solid running turf sprints at Monmouth. Trainer Mike Dini will be sending his first starter to Delaware this year. #3 Proud Civilian (2-1) was competitive and had good speed figures when competing in first level allowance sprints at Colonial Downs. He looks like a top contender here. #1 Happy Cat (6-1) won a Maiden race at Monmouth with a 79 speed figure. He is in against tougher today, but if he can repeat that effort he has a chance to win.


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

In this optional claiming/starter allowance race at six furlongs, #2 Finally Captured (9-5) has been running well but has not been able to win since coming to Delaware from Parx. Paco Lopez, who rode him to his only win, will be back on top. He might have a slight advantage here. #4 Capital Conquest (8-1) is the other Scott Lake-trained horse in this raceHe’s had some solid races this year and could surprise today. #1 Roan Burgundy (5-2) has not won in a long time but is usually competitive and will be making his first start at Delaware. Maybe the change in venue will wake him up.

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

In this $16,000 N2L claiming race for fillies and mares at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf, #10 Prize Debate (10-1) Is the only horse with early foot. We are going to put this longshot on top as a pace play. If she gets an easy lead, she may pull an upset today. #6 Seiver (3-1) has run well but not been able to win at Delaware this summer and has been the betting favorite every time. She should be in the mix again today. #5 Bright Moon (5-1) is in good form with two good turf efforts when she closed late at Colonial Downs. She is one to consider.

Joe’s Notes

  • Jockey Jaime Rodriguez won five times Thursday and has now won with eight of 12 mounts thus far this week at Delaware. Four of his wins yesterday came for leading trainer Jamie Ness
  • You won’t see a shorter price than Boss Logic, winner of the seventh (and one of those Ness-Rodriguez horses). The 5-year-old Oxbow gelding won easily at odds of 1-20…

Race #6 Picks: 4-9-5-7

In this optional claiming/first-level allowance race for fillies and mares at one mile, #4 Hazardous Humor (3-1) just missed at this distance at Monmouth in last and will now be making her first start for Anthony Pecoraro. She looks very competitive with this group. #9 Patty Cakes (8-1) has been in excellent form this year with two wins and three seconds in six starts. She looks very fit and is a top contender. #5 Fabs (8-1) has lots of early speed and will most likely have the early lead. She could be dangerous if she does not get pressured.

Race #7 Picks: 6-3-12-5

In this $26,000 claiming race at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf, #6 Sagrada Ray (10-1) faltered in a marathon taken off the turf in last, but ran well in turf races earlier this year including one here at Delaware. He may have a slight class edge over the other horses and we have him on top. #3 Magical Marriage (7-2) has very good recent sped figures while running well at Monmouth. Trainer Patrick McBurney has two wins in three tries at Delaware this year. This horse fits very well in this spot. #12 The King Cheek (5-1) won his only start at Delaware easily and he looks dangerous in this spot.

Race #8 Picks: 4-2-6-3 In this $6250 claiming race for fillies and mares at six furlongs, #4 Chem Major (9-5) has been competing against better in Maryland. He has early speed but sometimes fades late. He should be able to hold on against this group. #2 Dance Step (4-1) will be making her first start for Michael Simone after being competitive at this level at Monmouth. Looks well spotted here. #6 Linahaspecsshoes (7-5) was claimed last time out and has two wins in nine tries here at Delaware Park.