Monday, July 09, 2012
DELAWARE OAK NOTES 7-9-12
Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2012 — Growing up in the mid-Atlantic region and being the son of a former three-time Delaware Park leading trainer, Anthony Dutrow has seen and been involved with some of the greatest races at Delaware Park.
The 54-year-old native of Hagerstown, Maryland, notched his first career training victory at Delaware Park with a horse named Attainable in 1978, which was the third consecutive year his father Richard was the leading trainer at the track. Anthony Dutrow has won more than 14 stakes at Delaware Park. He has won the local prep for the Delaware Oaks four-times, but he has never won the Delaware Oaks or the Delaware Handicap.
Dutrow thought he had won the Delaware Oaks in 2010 with Havre de Grace. In deep stretch, Havre de Grace took a brief lead, but Blind Luck nipped her in the final jump in the first of the six race rivalry.
Dutrow had the same reaction as everybody else in the crowd that day.
“Watching the race, I thought we won,” said Dutrow. “But when I saw the photo for the win, it confirmed we had lost. It is still hard to believe, but those were two very very special fillies.”
Dutrow knows the history of the Delaware Park filly and mare classics as well as anybody. He understands what it means to be a part of those traditions.
“Having grown up in this area and having the benefit of watching these races for the last 45 years, with all the great fillies and their great connections, I could not help to want to be in a position to win these races,” he said. “As a young man and throughout my career, I have seen so many great fillies participate in these races and it would be a bit of a dream come true to be able to win them. Relaxing, the dam of Easy Goer, and Mississippi Mud, the dam of Dixieland Band, and so many of the great fillies and mares ran in the Delaware Park classics for females. The connections with these horses are all legendary. Just to name a few, you have Ogden Phipps, Jane Lunger, Bayard Sharp and Del Carroll and so many other legendary names. It would be very special and may be a little overwhelming for me to be able to win one. We have come close before, so hopefully we will be able to get it done this Saturday.”
Both Grace Hall and Wicked Mizz have been stabled at Delaware Park since the beginning of the season. On July 8, Grace Hall breezed a half-mile in :47, and on June 30 she breezed four furlongs in :47.20. On July 9, Wicked Mizz breezed four furlongs in :48.40, and on July 2 she breezed four furlongs in :48.20
Moquett leaning toward Delaware Oaks with Amie’s Dini
Trainer Ron Moquett is leaning toward entering Amie’s Dini in the $400,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks this Saturday. Entries will be taken for the mile-and-a-sixteenth affair this Wednesday.
“We are really undecided right now, but we are leaning toward entering in the Delaware Oaks,” said trainer Ron Moquett. “She is doing a great, and it seems like she really likes the track. I flew her up from Churchill in time to work and train her in preparation should we decide to go.”
In her most recent, Amie’s Dini finished eighth after a troubled trip in the mile-and-an-eighth Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 4. Previously, the Kentucky-bred ran second in the mile-and-a-sixteenth Grade II Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 11. She breezed five furlongs in :59.60 at Delaware Park on July 6.
“In the Kentucky Oaks, she was five wide throughout the whole race and she still tried,” he said. “I look for her to get a better trip here, and I look for her to rebound. She will have to run her best race because there are some pretty good fillies pointing for the race, but we are ready for her to give a good effort.”
Amie’s Dini has a career record of three wins, three seconds and a third from eight starts, with earnings of $193,896.
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