Tuesday, July 12 2011
Havre de Grace-Blind Luck VI headlines 74th renewal of Delaware Handicap
Stanton, Del., July 12, 2011 - The old racetrack adage from long ago says with a "filly or mare go to Delaware," and the connections of the best fillies in the country, arguably the two best horse in training in the nation, are heeding that wisdom as the pair prepares to meet for the sixth time at the site where the rivalry began a year ago. Havre de Grace, the current leading filly and mare in the nation, and Blind Luck, the 2010 3-year-old filly champion, are slated to meet again at Delaware Park in the Delaware Handicap. Havre de Grace, locally-owned by Richard Porter's Fox Hill Farm, and California invader Blind Luck, owned by Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Jerry Hollendorfer, headline the 74th renewal of the $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap this Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter filly and mare summer classic has attracted a field of five.
Blind Luck coming for Delaware Handicap
Stanton, Del., July 11, 2011 — Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck, last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, will be shipping east from her home track of Hollywood Park, California, setting up a possible sixth showdown with the leading filly and mare in the country Havre de Grace in the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap to be run this Saturday. The draw for the filly and mare summer classic will be on Tuesday, July 12.
“We are going to run,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “We hope we can come out and make a good effort. She has been training very well. She will be there Wednesday afternoon, and I am planning on arriving on Friday. We are not shy about going on the road because sometimes you have to do it, but all the guys who run, they all ship if they have too. We try to do the best thing for our horse, but the purse is big there, and we have never ducked anybody, especially with this filly. Sometimes we win and sometimes we take our lumps, but we are always in there trying. You know if you are running for big money, the race is supposed to be tough.”
Sunday, July 10 2011
Awesome Bet takes Babaro Stakes
Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2011 — Mike McCarty’s Awesome Bet won the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park today. With Kent Desormeaux aboard, the 3-year-old son of Awesome Again won by a neck over J W Blue with Sheldon Russell. It was another ¾-lengths further back to Meistersinger, with Jose Lezcano in third. The even-money favorite, Rush Now finished fourth.
Awesome Bet covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:40.37 and returned $20.00.
Cheetah steps it up in the Robert G. Dick
Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2011 — Robert Scarborough’s Cheetah notched her first career Graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park today. With Jose Lezcano aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Tiger Hill notched a 3 ¾-length in her third start in the North America. The Great Britain-bred conditioned by Christophe Clement returned $5.80 as the favorite in the field of twelve and covered the mile and three-eighths in 2.13.13 over a firm turf course.
Bubbly Jane, making her first start in over with a year with Kent Desormeaux aboard, finished second. It was another 1 ½-lengths further back to Dyna Waltz, with Julian Pimentel, in third. Ainamaa, with Abel Castellano Jr., set early fractions of 1:11.99 for the three-quarters and 1:36.85 for the mile before fading to fourth.
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. ”