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Del Cap Wrap-Up

All in all, Del Cap day went well for me — I ended up about $40 up, so that’s a job well done in my opinion. I had a few nice longshots on the undercard and I was pleased to see my exacta for the Caesar Rodney come in. I was not expecting a payout from that one since the bottom of my exacta, Ballast, dumped Jeremy Rose in the post parade and took off — despite running amok on the dirt track and requiring some wrangling, Rose still got Ballast into a nice second behind Silver Tree — so thanks, Jeremy!

Xchanger looked all business in the Barbaro; my tri was shot by Phone Home, but it was still nice to see a locally-based horse do well on a day when the press turns up. Xchanger is also a much more attractive horse in person than he is on television; he’s a very interesting shade of grey/brown right now and he should keep shifting colors for the foreseeable future.

I admit I had nothing in the actual Big Race — although in retrospect I should have been tipped off by the fact that Todd Pletcher didn’t bother to come to a million-dollar race despite having two entrants (granted, he’s probably busy with Rags to Riches, The Green Monkey and about 4,000 other horses, but still). Our little party made the predictable gallows humor jokes about how Asi Siempre would run ‘off the cobra venom’ and apparently the answer is ‘not so well.’ Obviously one hopes she just didn’t take to the track here, but it’s hard not to wonder when there’s already a cloud of suspicion over the trainer.

But let’s give credit to Unbridled Belle – she clearly loves Delaware Park and is hard to beat here — her victory was quite commanding. It’s also worth remembering that it seems the ‘other’ Pletcher entrant in the Del Cap becomes the filly or mare to watch later in the season — let’s recall that last year, Fleet Indian was racing in the shadow of Oonagh Maccool before her Del Cap victory and she went on to dominate her division. Another fun fact: one of our party did some quick calculations and realized that the combined total stud fee for the sires of the top four finishers in the Del Cap was about $67,000. There’s some food for thought…

1 comment to Del Cap Wrap-Up

  • NoBoy

    Can anyone explain to me the preponderance of early scratches in stake races run on the Delaware Park turf course? I’m not just referring to this past weekend. It seems to occur regularly.

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