Wednesday isn’t a day reserved for the big players, but we’re getting close to Preakness Day on Saturday at Pimlico. The stars will be out for that one, with Authentic looking to defend his previous win in the Kentucky Derby. No rematch between Tiz the Law, but the presence of the electric filly, Swiss Skydiver, should make this one worth paying attention to.
I’m intrigued to see how she stacks up against the boys. She is up against it, but wouldn’t be so quick to discount her on Saturday. I’m also interested in seeing how Art Collector stacks up against this field. It was disappointing to see him miss the Derby, but he’ll get a shot at redemption on Saturday.
Delaware Park has eight races on the docket worth $215,000 on Wednesday. We are going to try and nail the Daily Double and Pick 3 for Race 4-6 at Delaware Park today. Feel free to play two Daily Double tickets or just one if you feel more comfortable with Race 4-5 or Race 5-6. Head below for our free Delaware Park Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for September 30, 2020.
Post Time: 2:45 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The first leg of our multi-bet is Race 4 at Delaware Park. This event consists of 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $18,000 purse. Phish Fan and Sir Rockport are going to be the most likely horses to win this one. They’re in the best form out of this field and should give a solid effort here. Phish Fan has won back-to-back races and his eyes are on a sweep here.
Phish Fan won by 1 ¾ lengths over Chief Exchanger for a $12,000 purse on August 10, and then followed up a few weeks later for a half length win for a $18,000 purse. The hike in class didn’t bother Phish Fan much, but he had to fight for that win to edge out Kingston Pike, who he will be seeing again on Wednesday afternoon. In his previous five outings, Phish Fan finished 2nd, 2nd, 6th, 1st, 1st. Overall, Phish Fan is 15 for 69 in his career.
Sir Rockport was not in that race with Phish Fan and Kingston Pike. Sir Rockport is coming off a hat-trick and looking for another win. He is also a winner in 5 of his previous 6 performances. In his most recent, Sir Rockport won by a half length for a $23,825 purse. Prior to that outing, he won by 1 ½ lengths in a $18,100 event. Back down in that class today after winning a $23,825 race, look for Sir Rockport to knock off Phish Fan and Kingston Pike.
Post Time: 3:15 p.m. EST
Our next leg is one of the biggest races at Delaware Park on Wednesday afternoon. Pretty Edgy and Malibu Mischief are likely going to put in a pretty nice effort here. Pretty Edgy is 3 for 8 in her career with all of her wins coming in the first half of her career. She went 1st, 1st, 5th, 1st, and then 3rd, 5th, 2nd, 3rd in her last four performances. Pretty Edgy is coming off a 3rd place performance on September 5.
It was a nice effort in a $43,260 event, though Pretty Edgy was nowhere to be found near the front despite getting into the money. Dontletsweetfoola cleared the field by 8 ¾ lengths, so there weren’t many questions of who the best horse was on September 5. In one stakes appearance, Pretty Edgy finished 5th in a Black Type event on July 11 at Monmouth Park.
Malibu Mischief is 7 for 19 in her career with wins in three straight performances. She is coming off a sharp performance in a $55,000 event on September 5 for a 1 ½ length win. Malibu Mischief won by 3 ½ lengths over Marlarkey on July 10 prior to that run in a $32,000 event. She has been able to handle competition like this in the past, and should be able to deliver once again on Wednesday afternoon.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
Race 6 is the final leg of our Pick 3 ticket on Wednesday. This is on the turf with 5 furlongs of racing for a $18,000 purse. Checotah and Bustin Hearts are likely on the upswing in this event. Checotah has proven to win with some consistency before, but faltered in her previous two outings. She won back-to-back races on July 4 and July 29 by 3 ¾ lengths and 6 ½ lengths in a $18,000 and $20,000 event.
That momentum didn’t translate over to her next two performances. She finished last for a $42,000 purse and second-last for a $23,000 purse on August 15 and August 31. That was disappointing, especially her most recent outing for a $23,000 purse. That should have been a better result than 5th at that level. Checotah will move down in class again in search of a win. She had a fairly nice workout on September 23 with a time of 48.60 seconds.
Bustin Hearts is 16 for 37 in her career and is searching for a hat-trick on Wednesday. She is a back-to-back winner with victories on September 2 by 1 ¼ lengths in a $20,000 race, and then following up to win by ¾ lengths in a $24,990 race on September 17. She is in the best form at the moment in this field and should be able to complete the hat-trick on Wednesday afternoon.