Sunday, July 10 2011
St. John’s River takes Delaware Oaks in final stride
Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2011 — Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River got up in the final stride and notched her first graded stake victory in the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park today. With Jose Lezcano aboard, the daughter of Include won by a head. Strike the Moon with Julian Pimentel, finished second after setting early fractions of :48.71 for the half-mile and 1:13.09 for the three-quarters. It was another 1 ¾-lengths further back to All for Thee in third, with Jeremy Rose, in third.
St. John’s River, a Kentucky-bred trained by Andrew Leggio, Jr., covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast track in 1:44.39 and returned $4.00 as the favorite in the field of seven.
Thursday, July 07 2011
Napravnik to miss Oaks mount due to injury
Stanton, Del., July 7, 2011 — Delaware Park's leading jockey Rosie Napravnik will miss her mount aboard St. John's River, the favorite for the Delaware Oaks this Saturday, due to injury. Napravnik broke her arm after her mount went down in the eighth race at Delaware Park yesterday.
Trainer Andrew Leggio, Jr., intends to name jockey Jose Lezcano as the replacement rider aboard St. John's River. Lezcano won the Delaware Oaks aboard R Lady Joy in 2005.
Porter hopes to add his name to top local connections to win the Delaware Handicap
Stanton, Del., July 6, 2011 — Richard Porter would very much like to add his name to the legendary local connections who have won the Delaware Valley’s most prestigious race - the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap. The native of Wilmington, Delaware, who owns Fox Hill Farm, has campaigned the likes of Hard Spun, Eight Belles, Round Pond, Old Fashioned, Kodiak Kowboy and Rockport Harbor, but he has never won the filly and mare summer classic. On July 16, he will have his best shot when Havre de Grace, the current leading filly and mare in the nation, goes postward in the race they have run for nearly 74 years in the state he calls home.
Wednesday, July 06 2011
Yankee Passion looks to return to winning ways in Barbaro Stakes
Wilmington, DE – July 5 - Brereton Jones’ Yankee Passion will seek to return to his winning ways when he meets eleven 3-year-old rivals in the mile-and-70 yard $100,000 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The race is named in honor of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who broke his maiden at Delaware Park in 2005.
After breaking his maiden in his career debut and following up with a sharp second against allowance company, both at Delaware Park last year, Yankee Passion has not yet had the opportunity to reach his full potential in 2011. On January 27, the son of Yankee Gentleman started his 3-year-old campaign with a solid 2¼-length victory against allowance company at Oaklawn Park. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by J. Larry Jones followed by running fifth in the Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on February 21. In his most recent outing, he finished fifth in the $400,000 Red Legend at Charles Town on June 18.
Motion seeks seventh Robert G. Dick Memorial victory
Stanton, Del., July 5, 2011 - Since the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial was inaugurated in 1997, Kentucky Derby winning trainer H. Graham Motion has won six. The 47-year-old native of Cambridge, England, will be sending both Zamin Meahjohn’s Media Madness and Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Classy into the mile-and-three-eighths $200,000 grass affair for fillies and mares.
“With these fillies, I have always wanted to try them at longer distances,” said Motion, who won the Kentucky Derby this year with Animal Kingdom. “She Be Classy acts like she wants to go that far, and Media Madness kind of has the pedigree to go that far, so it is something I have had in the back of my mind for some time. We seem to have had plenty of luck in this race. It is a great race, and we are proud to have done as well as we have in the race.”
St. John’s River tops Delaware Oaks
Stanton, Del., July 5, 2011 — Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River tops a field of seven entered in the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park this Saturday. Last year, Blind Luck won the mile-and-a-sixteenth test as part of her 3-year-old champion filly campaign. In 2008, Proud Spell won the Oaks before winning the year-end award for outstanding 3-year-old filly.
While St. John’s River has not won a stake in her five career outings, the daughter of Include still brings impressive credentials into the Delaware Oaks. In her most recent, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Andrew Leggio Jr. finished second, beaten a neck in the mile-and-an-eighth Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6. In the Kentucky Oaks, she finished in front of Zazu (third), who followed with a victory in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks. Previously, St. John’s River finished second, beaten a half length in the mile-and-a-sixteenth Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on March 26. Her lone career victory came on January 21 when she notched a 4-length triumph in a mile-and-70-yard maiden at the Fair Grounds. She has career earnings of $320,070.
Tuesday, July 05 2011
DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - JULY 4
Havre de Grace works for Delaware Handicap
Wilmington, Del., July 4, 2011 — Havre de Grace, locally owned by Richard Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 this morning at Delaware Park in preparation for her engagement in the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap on July 16.
“All is well,”” said trainer J. Larry Jones who won the Delaware Handicap in 2005 with Island Sand. “She worked this morning. It was just a little move forward towards her work next week, but all is well and she is right on schedule.”
Wednesday, June 29 2011
All for Thee ready for Graded stakes test in July 9 Delaware Oaks
Wilmington, Del., June 29, 2011 — David Cottle and Smart Angle’s All for Thee will be ready for her first graded stake test when she runs in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 9.
“We are happy with her, very happy with her,” said trainer Anthony Dutrow, who won his first career race at Delaware Park in 1978. “In the spring we were hoping that we would be in this position to run her in the Oaks. She has been progressing very well and she is in great shape. We are looking forward to running her in the Oaks. She has to prove she is this kind of filly, but she is absolutely worthy of the opportunity to prove herself and we think she is going to run good. ”
DelPark News & Notes St. John’s River on target for July 9 Delaware Oaks
Wilmington, Del., June 29, 2011 — Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River, second in her most recent outing in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, is on target for the mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks to be run at Delaware Park on July 9.
“She has been at Delaware since last Thursday (June 16),” said trainer Andrew Leggio, Jr., who trains on the Louisiana circuit. “The track is a little bit looser and cuppier then I like, but I think she will adjust to it fine. She has been over it now for three of four days and I am planning on blowing her out over it on Saturday morning. It has been really nice up here. I have been here four or five days myself and we really like it. I can tell you this, it is a lot cooler here then it is in New Orleans.”
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan Arabian Cup Open tops Arabian Stakes at Delaware Park
Newark, Del., June 29, 2011 — The second renewal of the $40,000 Grade II Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup Open tops a slate of Arabian stakes as part of the undercards at Delaware Park this weekend. On Saturday, the first eight races on the ten race card will feature thoroughbreds and the final two will be for the Arabians.
“This weekend is going to be exciting for the Arabian horsemen, and I look forward to running five horses on Saturday,” said Tracy Nunley, who won the 2010 Darley Award for most outstanding Arabian trainer. “We have the best of the best at Delaware, and it will be an interesting and competitive weekend.”
Wednesday, June 22 2011
Wildcat Aly tries stakes company in Sweet & Sassy
Stanton, Del., June 22, 2011 — Peter Redekop’s Wildcat Aly, a recent $30,000 claim, will try stakes company in the $125,000 Sweet & Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The six-furlong affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of seven.
Wildcat Aly, who is four for four so far this season, has only been defeated once on the dirt, and in that race she broke awkwardly and got caught wide on the turn. In her most recent, the 4-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir posted a six-and-a-half-length triumph in a six-furlong allowance at Parx on May 17. Previously, the Florida-bred conditioned by Michael Stidham was claimed for $30,000 after posting a neck victory going five and half furlongs at the Fair Grounds. She has made six dirt starts and has won five. Her first 11 career starts were either on polytrack or the turf. In her first career outing on the dirt, she notched an eight-length score in a $30,000 claiming event going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 12. She has a career record of seven wins, a second and three thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $176,397.
Sunday, June 19 2011
H. Graham Motion wins fifth John W. Rooney Memorial Stakes
Wilmington, Del., June 18, 2011 — H. Graham Motion, who won the Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom earlier this year, won his fifth John W. Rooney Memorial Stakes when Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Classy notched a 3 1/2-length victory at Delaware Park today. The eighth running of the $75,700 John W. Rooney Memorial was originally scheduled for the turf course was transferred to the main track.
With Joseph Rocco Jr. aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Toccet covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.31 over a fast main track and returned $8.80 as the third choice in the field of seven. Thundering Emilia, with Julian Pimentel, finished second. It was another 1 ¼-lengths further back to Millenia, with Victor Santiago, in third.