Delaware Park picks and analysis: September 29, 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: 4-5-6-3

In this $6250 maiden claiming race at 5 ½ furlongs, #4 Vegas Playboy (3-1) has run well in his last two here at Delaware and is not facing much tough competition today. He has a good shot of leaving the maiden ranks today. #5 Air Kenney (8-5) flashed brief speed against better at Monmouth on the turf in last race. He is dropping to a level where he can be a top contender. Trainer J. Kent Sweezey has three wins in nine starts at Delaware this year. #6 Nature Ofthe Beast (8-1) showed early speed in several races at this level. One to consider.

Race #2 Picks: 5-1-2-7

In this $6250 claiming race at one mile, #5 Guillaume (4-1) has been running against much tougher in Maryland. His speed figures are decent, and we think this class drop will put him in the mix. #1 Hop and Scotch (10-1) will be making his third start for Jose Ramirez, and Raul Mena will be aboard for the second time. We think he will show improvement today and is one to consider. #2 King of Dreams (6-5) has been away from racing since July. He certainly has the back class to win today, but his workouts are nothing special. He will likely go off the favorite but there are others we like better.

Race #3 Picks: 5-1-10-2

This $16,000 starter allowance race has been taken off the turf and will be conducted on the main track at five furlongs. #5 Colonel Bowman (6-5) has been running very well this year with six wins in eight starts. He has been facing much tougher in New York and looks like a very solid favorite in this race. #1 Ego Man (6-1) has been having an excellent year with five wins and four seconds in ten starts. He will be making his second start for Jamie Ness and is a contender today. #10 Baby Boomer (4-1) returned to the turf after a long break but has shown he can also run well on dirt. He is one to consider.


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

In this $12,500 maiden claiming race for two-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs, #1 Eden’s Gigi (9-5) showed early speed at this class level at Pimlico after stopping in a maiden special race. She should improve and isn’t facing any monsters today. She is our top pick. #3 Amorica (8-1) struggled in her last race but was flashing speed against better competition this summer. She looks like a top contender. #2 Bobbi Two Steps (9-2) has been away since July but is taking a class drop and could be in the mix.

Race #5 Picks: 9-7-10-1

In this $16,000 maiden claiming race for fillies and mares that has been taken off the turf and will be conducted on the main track at 1 1/16 miles, #9 Save Your Tears (5-1) has run some decent races on the dirt, including a race in July at Parx that was taken off the turf. Michael Pino is a high percentage trainer, and we have this filly on top today. #7 Divine Promise (12-1) had a couple dirt tries here early in the summer and held his own. One to consider. #10 Racing (9-2) is coming from maiden special company and may have a class advantage over the others in this race.

Joe’s Notes

  • A pair of Delaware certified allowances for older runners went to recent Shine Again winner Intrepid Daydream and Delaware lover No Sabe Nada
  • Florida-bred Belle’s Blue Bell was an impressive first-asking winner, the two-year-old filly winning by almost five. Angel Arroyo was up for trainer Carlos David.

Race #6 Picks: 8-7-2-3

In this $6250 claiming race at one mile, #8 Chris and Dave (10-1) has lots of early speed and may be the lone frontrunner today. #7 What’s to Blame (2-1) is a closer that has run second in several recent races. He will be moving late again and passing tiring horses. One to consider. #2 Miracle Silver (9-2) has fourteen races this year and occasionally throws in a good one. If he has one of those today, he could be a contender.

Race #7 Picks: 4-10-12-13

In this $16,000 maiden claiming race that was taken off the turf and will be conducted on the main track at 1 1/16 miles, #4 Morales Little Kid (20-1) has shown early speed in all of his previous races. He is not facing any tough competition today and could pull off a surprise victory. #10 Silent Mode (8-5) is coming off the turf where he was facing tougher horses. If he likes the dirt, he could make an impact. #12 My Big Drama (10-1) ran well in a race taken off the turf in his last and may find his way into the exotics.

Race #8 Picks: 7-4-3-2

In this $6250 N2L claiming race at 5 ½ furlongs, #7 Grand Manner (8-5) has been running well lately and appears to be in good form. His only win came back in January, but he has enough speed to be competitive with this group of horses.  #4 Simpson Bay (12-1) will be making his second start for McLean Robertson who has 8 wins in 21 starts at Delaware that this year. He flashed speed at this class level a couple weeks ago and should improve today. #3 Onehandsomedude (7-2) has been away from racing since July but had some good races last year and has a chance to be competitive here.