Opening day in Delaware, OH a wonderland of handicapping mystery
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - by Frank Cotolo


Opening day of the Delaware, Ohio “Jug” meeting is a wonderland of mystery, with conditioned events that many handicapping textbooks urge bettors to dismiss.

I am thrilled with some personal investment opportunities I see on opening day and I am going to share some of them. The horses I will mention may or may not wind up to be bets for me, since I wait for the betting to be near done before I measure the value based on my demands for a price. So what I present are my suggested contenders, all of which I hope will be ignored by many bettors and become valuable elements in some aspect of betting the race (win, place, show or exotics).

Frosh trots that feature maidens are specialties of mine because I enjoy getting a good price on a horse that is green with potential to win because he or she is not a proven loser having raced lightly. This is why I feel Mannerism will be in the thick of this n/w 1 event. Toss out his debut, a Review Stake at Springfield; his Lexington qualifier is good enough to offer promise here.

In Race 2 the crowd should ignore Don’t Muff It Up but we like his clean race at Lexington, where he showed speed and toss out his recent pair, both with excuses (a break and a bad post).

In Race 3 we may support Bella Fever. She has been steady in Ohio Fair Stakes company and at the rail may be able to use her speed, which could be much better on a fast track than on the good conditions she has dealt with in her last six.

In Race 5 there is Pointe De Vue, from a layoff after breaks and bad trips. She has raced with better and has back class that may show against these.

In Race 6 Milliron Pete has two recent races that, if duplicated, could take this one. He may be nearer to the top early to close well late.

In Race 7 Supreme Day, though he has been short, may have enough speed to take this field from gate to finish; the half-mile format may be best for him.

In Race 12 we make a case for Prakasmakesperfect. Off of his Raceway Park mile last out he looks to have what it takes to plow through the suspicious speed around him.

In Race 13 we see Crown Time Keeper with a chance to use his speed properly.

In Race 14, Like A Dream can race back to his Sept. 4 Lexington mile, where he was almost the choice and he almost won.

We will be watching these and their prices and we hope you can profit using them in any way you wager.