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DELPARK NOTES - MAY 14 2011


Wilmington, Del., May 14, 2010 — In the first local prep on the road to the Grade II Delaware Handicap, Cresran’s Tiz Miz Sue notched a 1 ¼-length victory in the $50,700 Winter Melody Overnight Stakes at Delaware Park.

With Joseph Rocco, Jr. aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow covered the mile and sixteenth in 1:42.55 over a fast track and returned $4.20 as the favorite in the field of seven. Sarah’s Song, with Gabriel Saez, set early fractions of :47.01 for the half and 1:11.22 for the three-quarters before finishing second. It was another 5 ¼-lengths farther back to Bahama Bound, with Victor Santiago, in third.


Those three have earned a free nomination to the mile and an eighth $150,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes on June 11, which is the next local stepping stone on the road to the mile and a quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap to be run on July 16.

“She ran super today,” said winning trainer Steve Hobby. “She really likes this track, so it looks like we are moving on to the next race and after that who knows. She really likes this track so that is a major plus.”

With the victory, Tiz Miz Sue remains unbeaten over the Delaware Park main track with four victories. Last year, the Kentucky-bred won two allowance races and the $50,000 Polly’s Jet. In her two other starts this year, she ran second in the $100,000 Red Bud Stakes on April 13 and third in the $100,000 Bayakoa which were both at a mile and a sixteenth and at Oaklawn Park. She has a career record of four wins from 16 starts with earnings of $212,209.

McLean Robertson, the trainer of Sarah’s Song, was not discouraged by her second-place finish.

“She really ran game today,” said McLean Robertson. “More than likely we will be back for the Obeah.”


Rosie Napravnik scheduled to return to Delaware Park on Monday

After making a run at racing history in the Kentucky Derby, the leading jockey from last year, Rosie Napravnik is scheduled to make her return to Delaware Park this Monday. The 23-year-old native of Morristown, New Jersey, who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby aboard Pants on Fire, has six scheduled mounts on the Monday card.

Last year, Napravnik became the first female rider in the history of Delaware Park to capture the leading jockey title by posting a record of 126 winners from 529 mounts. She followed up her Delaware Park success by winning the Louisiana Derby and capturing the leading jockey title at the Fair Grounds, and in so doing she became the first female to win the Louisiana Derby and the first female to win the Fair Grounds jockey title.

Last year, she notched her 1,000th career victory at Delaware Park aboard Laughing Charlie on October 27. In 2009, Napravnik finished second in the Delaware Park standings to David Cohen; in 2008, she finished fifth. Her first career win came on her first mount, Ringofdiamonds, at Pimlico on June 9, 2005.


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