Following an exciting weekend of racing, there is plenty of action on Monday across North America. The US has ten tracks operating, while Fort Erie in Canada has a small card on offer. The Belmont Stakes has come and gone, with a new champion for which is typically the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tiz the Law is your winner of the 152nd Belmont Stakes, as attention turns to the Kentucky Derby on Labor Day Weekend in September.
That is a while away, which gives others horses time to find prep races for the Kentucky Derby. There was some speculation regarding Gamine being pointed towards the Kentucky Derby after the performance she put on yesterday. However, it’s likely a Kentucky Oaks berth for Gamine, while Cezanne goes for Bob Baffert in the Derby. The next prep race for the Kentucky Derby is the Ohio Derby next weekend.
That only comes with 20 points for the winner, but that could be very valuable points to someone. The next 100-point offering is on July 11 in the Blue Grass Stakes at Churchill Downs. There isn’t anything to note on Monday, but there are a lot of races on Monday. I remember when Monday was just Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs not too long ago. We’re at Delaware Park for our first sections of the day. Head below for our free Delaware Park selections for June 22, 2020.
Post Time: 1:45 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile 70 Yards
We’ll take a look at Race 2 to get our day started at Delaware Park on Monday. The second race of the day at Delaware Park has a mile and 70 yards of racing on the dirt for a $15,000 purse. Pippin, Glengar, and Sincere Man should all run solid races in this one. Sincere Man has a win in six races in his career, as he secured a win on February 9 in his most recent performance. This was after Sincere Man had a really slow start to his career to finish 7th, 7th, 10th, 7th, 7th.
The class drop helped him out significantly, with a much better result on paper to win by 3 lengths at Laurel Park. I’m not going to say that he was in great form in that one. It was more of a case of seeking out an easier race and he reacted strongly for a win. Having said that, Sincere Man was the second highest underdog in the race, so he wasn’t expected to be that much of a player. Perhaps we see a repeat of February 9 today at Delaware Park. His most recent workout on June 6 was adequate, with a time of 1:01.60 at 5 furlongs.
Pippin is the betting favorite on the morning-line with a price of +250 from the No. 8 post position. He is searching for his first win since August 2, 2019. Pippin has 1 win in 17 career races, with finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 2nd, 4th in his previous six outings. This is going to be a slightly easier assignment than his last outing, so expect a better finishing position than 4th here. There is likely going to be better value out there than Pippin at post time, though.
Glengar is a steady performer and rates as a threat to win. He has raced in nine career races and has a win on November 8, 2018 at Laurel. Besides that race, Glengar has been a consistent producer that is typically running near the front. Glengar has finished 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 4th after getting the win in 2018. His only two races of 2020 were solid enough to finish 2nd and 4th. He could have ran better than his latest performance for 4th, but Glengar isn’t seeing much competition on Monday. Pippin and Glengar are both strong options, with more value likely with Glengar at post time.
Post Time: 3:15 p.m. EST
Race 5 at Delaware Park will feature a mile of racing on the dirt for a $18,000 purse. Nine horses are scheduled to run, with a coupled pairing between Red Wagon and Top Hat Tizzy. Princess Palomar and Diablo’s Darling are going to be in this, with Infinity Sky getting strong consideration from the No. 4 post position. Infinity Sky is 3 for 20 in her career, with her most recent win on November 24, 2019 at Gulfstream Park. That was only three races ago.
Since then, Infinity Sky had disappointing finishes on December 20 and January 8 for 7th in back-to-back events. To find some better on Monday, improvements will have to be made. Leading up to 7th, Infinity Sky finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st. That form would give Infinity Sky leading credentials over the field in Race 5. After his last two performances, I’m not overly confident in Infinity Sky snapping out of it and getting hot again. However, if he does, then look out. His most recent workout on June 13 was good for 49.20 seconds at 4 furlongs.
Diablo’s Darling has been struggling for a year now. In his previous six races, Diablo’s Darling has finished 7th, 7th, 8th, 8th, 6th, 4th. His performance on March 4 at Tampa Bay Downs was his best effort since last June. Overall, Diablo’s Darling has 5 wins in 30 career races. I’m not entirely impressed by the workout time of 52 seconds on June 15. Going by the morning-line, I’d be more willing to back Infinity Sky at the better price than Diablo’s Darling.
Princess Palomar is the most consistent performer involved in Race 5, and could be ready to get back to the winner’s circle. She has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 7th, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd since last June. Princess Palomar has gone 7 for 32 in her career, with back-to-back 2nd in back-to-back outings at Parx. She finished a length back of Cat Giumarello, and then 8 ½ lengths back in a route in her latest race in February. That was a mile and 70 yards. She weakened and fell out of favor after the ¾ pole. The shorter race here should help. I’ll go with Princess Palomar to get the top prize in Race 5.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
Eight horses will give it a go over a mile on the dirt for a $16,000 purse. The No. 1 and No. 2 horses will have a strong opportunity for the win, with Day catching some pretty nice odds on the morning-line. Day is a +600 horse from the No. 4 post position. He is 2 for 7 in his career. A little more consistency for Day would have him with lower odds than +600. Day finished 1st and 3rd in his last two outings on February 6 and March 8. In his seven-race career, 1st, 6th, 7th, 7th, 10th, 1st, 3rd has been the results so far for Day. Inconsistent horse that has the potential to fly if he’s in good form.
Imperial Brew has been a bit all over, too. He has finished 6th, 4th, 1st, 9th in his previous four performances. Just like Day, Imperial Brew has been inconsistent, but has been tested against tougher competition than Day. He is a winner in 2 of 19 races, with his most recent win notched on February 27 at Laurel Park. Imperial Brew got the win by a head over Indian Ghost as a +120 favorite at post time. That was expected for Imperial Brew. In his next performance, Imperial Brew regressed to 9th, finishing a spot ahead of Catauga County and that’s all.
Day and Imperial Brew can win here, but Auld Lange Syne is the horse for you if you like consistency and the best form going into Monday. Auld Lange Syne beat Curlin’s Knight by a half length on June 13. It was the third race in four outings that Auld Lange Syne was in the top-3, and second win since November. Overall, Auld Lange Syne is 2 for 15 in his career. He struggled mightily early on in his career, but improved form has been noted since a win at Laurel Park on November 22, 2019. The No. 1 horse has a strong case in Race 6 at Delaware Park.