Delaware Park is offering up a total of nine races for $218,000 on Wednesday. This is one of the bigger cards of the day in the US, with Saratoga the only top tier racecourse open for racing today. While there aren’t many elite tracks racing, you can find a lot of action. BetOnline has 14 facilities to choose from across North America.
When there is so much racing like this, it’s especially important to maintain proper bankroll management skills. Don’t blindly pick horses if you’re looking to chase losses. It can be tempting with hundreds of races on the docket, but just take a deep breath and move on to the next day.
That’s especially true for Derby Day at Churchill Downs. Obviously the Kentucky Derby is not the only big race of the day in Kentucky. People tend to go a little more crazy when it’s a notable day on the calendar. The long wait for the Derby is almost here, so that’s something to get excited about, though. I’m just looking for a profit at Delaware Park and Saratoga for Wednesday. Head below for our free Delaware Park picks for August 26, 2020.
Post Time: 1:45 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 2 will be our first pick of the day at Delaware Park. This event will feature a mile and 70 yards of racing on the dirt for a $16,000 purse. Empty Nestr and Gambit are on my shortlist for the event. Empty Nestr might need a little more than we’ve seen this summer, but he’s been in terrific form and could keep it rolling today.
After going 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 3rd, Empty Nestr will have a bit more of a challenge today. It isn’t much, but he’ll find better horses than he’s seen in the past. Nevertheless, it should be more than manageable for Empty Nestr. Empty Nestr was 3rd in his most recent performance on August 10 for a $16,000 purse.
In his win on July 25, Empty Nestr won by 4 ¾ lengths for a $15,000 purse. He has proven to run competitively in this class, so I think Empty Nestr should be close at least. Empty Nestr is 4/1 on the morning-line, but should probably be around the 3/1 range. I think he has a bit better of a chance of winning her than the odds indicate.
Gambit, whose sire is Blame, has been in great form recently. He has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd with some nice momentum going into Wednesday. Those two wins were by 10 ½ lengths for a $10,000 purse and 7 ½ lengths for a $18,000 purse in July. Neither race was competitive, with Gambit controlling both easily.
He went out on August 10 searching for a hat-trick, but was denied at the wire by a half length. Gambit faced a bit tougher competition in that race and was not the favorite. He certainly ran like a favorite despite the half length loss, though. Gambit had the lead at the ¾ pole and lost a duel in the stretch to Relishment. If he runs how he’s capable of going, then Gambit should have the upper hand on this field.
Post Time: 3:15 p.m. EST
Race 5 features a $10,000 purse for 6 furlongs on the dirt. Play the Max and Any Minute Now are on my shortlist, with both horses probably close to the front in the stretch. Play the Max has been running better than most horses in this field recently. However, that isn’t saying much, as Play the Max has finished 7th, 3rd, 6th in her previous three performances. Overall, she is winless in the first six races of her career.
In her previous race, Play the Max finished 6th in a $10,125 event as the favorite. That was not a good effort for Play the Max, but we know that she’s capable of a lot more than what she brought to the track on August 15.
Prior to that race, Play the Max was 3rd in a $10,000, good enough to beat seven other horses. That performance contributed to money coming in on her heavy for her next race. Obviously things didn’t materialize, but Play the Max has the talent to get to the winner’s circle. Any Minute Now is 3rd, 4th, 6th, so she has been going in the wrong direction.
That said, Any Minute Now is accustomed to racing against tougher horses. Since opening his career eight races ago last year, Any Minute Now has been running for $20,000 purses and up. In the race she showed 3rd in, she was racing for a $24,588 purse. Any Minute Now didn’t quit and gained throughout that race. After cutting the class in half, Any Minute Now should have a much better opportunity at the top prize on Wednesday.
Post Time: 5:15 p.m. EST
This is our final selection at Delaware Park and the final race at Delaware Park on Wednesday. The finale will feature a mile for a $18,000 purse on the dirt track. Gelngar and Relishment should have a good run at the top prize in this contest. Relishment has been in terrific form recently and has been finding it easy to get into the money.
He has finished in the top-3 in four straight races and coming off a win on August 10. Relishment won by a half length in that $16,000 event. That was the third win for Relishment in 16 career races, and second win in four outings. Relishment also won recently on June 8 in a $10,000 event by a head. He was a heavy favorite in that race and was able to hold on.
Glengar is a winner in 2 of his previous 3 performances. He was a winner on June 22 and July 25. In the win in June, Glengar cleared the field by 8 ¾ lengths in a blowout to draw off. That was for a $15,000 purse, and it looked like Glengar belonged in a different class.
He was disappointing on July 8 to finish 5th, but fired right back and responded with a win by a neck over Relishment. Relishment came on late, though Glengar was the best horse in that race out of the gate and at the wire. Expect another tight race between Relishment and Glengar, with Glengar prevailing late.