Race of the Day, June 2, 2014
Delaware Park, Wilmington, Delaware
Race 7. First-level Allowance. 1 mile, 70 yards. Purse: 39K. 3:57 P.M. ET
Running from mid-May until late October, Delaware Park is a welcome addition to the Monday racing slate. Aided by slots, purses are fairly rich for a mid-level track, and racing is competitive. I’ve spent a good amount of time there as well — having once lived a few hours down I-95 for almost a decade. It’s a great place to spend a day.
Today’s feature is a first-level allowance traveling a little over a mile. The entry of Able Baker Charlie/Emotional Stroll (#1, 9/5) should both run, with Able Baker Charlie the faster of the two. Able Baker Charlie has questions, however. He’s 3 for 23 and has never raced at Delaware (but he’s 2 for 2 since the claim by Michael Pino.) Emotional Stroll has been training sharp since the claim by Pino and is relatively lightly raced for this group. He’d need to improve significantly to win, but he does provide some additional insurance for those who chose to bet the entry based on Able Baker Charlie.
Interchange (#6, 5-2) catches the eye. A TC-nominated 3-year old, he was well-beaten in two stakes tries and second last time at a similar level. He returns to Delaware Park where he ran a career-best speed last September. An effort close to that would likely find the winner’s circle today. Winding Road (#2, 4-1) figures on speed and distance, but still has his allowance condition available to him as a 7-year old. That’s not prohibitive, but it’s enough of a question to require a reasonable price to choose him. Forest Jingles (#7, 8-1) makes his third start of the layoff while stretching out to his preferred distance. He’ll likely need the lead to win, something that isn’t near a sure thing. Who Dat Boy (#8, 15-1) rates a very solid long shot threat. Another making his third start of the layoff, he won under the condition last year, but was disqualified. He has a troubling 0 for 10 record at Delaware with 6 seconds which will likely keep his price high.
- Does Able Baker Charlie maintain his career form? Even so, he might be too slow given the others.
- Does Interchange enjoy the return to Delaware? He might have an affinity for it — having won here last year, or he might just have been a fast two-year old who is declining.
- Can Winding Road handle this class level? He’s plenty fast and seemingly in good form.
There are enough questions about Able Baker Charlie to begin to look elsewhere. Interchange may crush the field, but he needs to find old form to do so. A flyer on Who Dat Boy — assuming a double-digit price — might just make your day.
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