Dan’s Double: Saturday Delaware Duo

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Saturday, July 15

Delaware Park, Race 7, $50,000 Hockessin Stakes, 4:21 p.m. ET

#8 Struth (8-1): One of the best claiming trainers in the Mid-Atlantic is Kieron Magee. So, it was no surprise that #8 Struth landed right in the winner’s circle after he was claimed by Magee and then posted a career best 114 Equibase Speed Figure and 96 Beyer Speed Figure two races back. He comes in off of what might’ve been his most impressive recent race, despite the fact that he lost. He didn’t break well, got boxed in and battled late, clearly fighting through the fatigue of what was an eventful trip. The horse who beat him, #2 Never Gone South, is another one of these hard-knocking types that has been around the circuit for a while, but who showed marked improvement with blinkers last out. I will be including him in combination with the New York shipper #1 Eighty Three.

$10 Budget

$1 exacta box 1,2,8 ($6)

$2 win and place on #8 Struth ($4)

$25 Budget

$2 exacta box 1,2,8 ($12)

$4 win, place and show on #8 Struth ($12)

$50 Budget

$6 exacta box 1,2,8 ($18)

$10 win, place and show on #8 Struth ($30)

Saturday, July 15

Delaware Park, Race 8, Grade 3 $200,000 Kent Stakes, 4:55 p.m. ET

#3 Adonis Creed (6-1): This horse isn’t a household name, but he rarely runs a bad race. In fact, his only flop was on a weather-affected turf course two races ago, in which he had trip excuses, too. He gutted out a nice score at Keeneland in April and was valiant last out while running over the turf here at Delaware. He was beaten just a length and a quarter by #5 Master Plan, who is likely to go off as the favorite or co-favorite in this spot.

$10 Budget

$2 win, place and show on #3 Adonis Creed ($6)

$2 exacta box 3,5 ($4)

$25 Budget

$5 win, place and show on #3 Adonis Creed ($15)

$5 exacta box 3,5 ($10)

$50 Budget

$10 win, place and $5 to show on #3 Adonis Creed ($25)

$5 exacta box 3,5 ($10)

$.50 trifecta 3,5 over 2,3,5,6 over ($15)

Top Picks: 6/50

ROI: - $1,047.90

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