Wednesday, June 29 2011


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.”





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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.”





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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.





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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.





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Wednesday, June 15 2011


Apple Charlotte seeks first career stake victory in John Rooney Memorial


Stanton, Del., June 15, 2011 — A full field of 13 fillies and mares have been entered in the $75,000 John Rooney Memorial Stakes to be run this Saturday at Delaware Park. The mile-and-a-sixteenth turf affair is named after the former vice-president of racing and vice-president of finance who served Delaware Park for 44 years.





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Tuesday, June 14 2011


DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - JUNE 13 2011


Wilmington, Del., June 13, 2011 — Paul Fowler’s Line Change posted an upset victory in the $50,000 Floor Show Overnight Stakes at Delaware Park today. The Kentucky-bred trained by Gary Capuano returned $24.60 as the second longest shot in the field of six.

With Joshua Navarro aboard, the 3-year-old son Toccet out dueled the 6-to-5 favorite J W Blue, with Joseph Rocco Jr. aboard, in the stretch before winning by a head. I’m Steppin’ It Up, with Rosie Napravnik, cut early fractions of :48.39 for the half mile and 1:12.64 for three-quarters mile before fading to third 5-lengths behind the winner.





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Saturday, June 11 2011


Havre de Grace takes Obeah Stakes; Del ‘Cap next


Wilmington, Del., June 11, 2011 — As expected, Havre de Grace cruised to an easy victory in the $150,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park today. The next start for the filly, locally owned by Richard Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, will be in the filly and mare summer classic – the mile and a quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap on July 16.

The 4-year-old daughter of Saint Liam won by 2 1/4-lengths and returned $2.40 as the favorite in the field of five. With Gabriel Saez astride, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by J. Larry Jones covered the mile-and-an-eighth in 1:49.87 over a fast main track.





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Wednesday, June 08 2011


Havre de Grace looms large in Grade III Obeah Stakes


Stanton, Del., June 8, 2011 — Havre de Grace is a formidable presence in the mile-and-an-eighth $150,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. A field of five fillies and mares have been entered in the last local prep for the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap on July 16. The top four finishers in the Obeah automatically earn a free nomination to the Delaware Handicap.

Trainer J. Larry Jones has followed the old Delaware Park adage “with a filly and mare go to Delaware”, and he has enjoyed success.





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Wednesday, June 01 2011


Daring Reality may be peaking at right time


Stanton, Del., June 1, 2011 — David and Margaret Wimer’s Daring Reality tops a field of five in the mile-and-70-yard $75,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The Go For Wand, named after the 1989 2-year-old filly and 1990 3-year-old filly champion locally owned by Christiana Stables, is the local prep for the mile-and-a sixteenth $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks to be run on July 9.

In her most recent, Daring Reality posted a 1½-length score at odds of 23.30-to-1 in the one-mile-and-70-yard $60,000 Wanda Stakes at Belmont Park on May 8.





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Tuesday, May 17 2011


PREAKNESS, BLACK-EYED SUSAN SIMULCASTS AVAILABLE AT BELMONT AND AQUEDUCT


ELMONT, N.Y. – Live Triple Crown action returns to New York on June 11 with the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. This weekend, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack are the best places to watch simulcast action from Pimlico Race Course, home of the second jewel of the Triple Crown, in addition to quality live racing in New York.

On Friday, May 20, Belmont and Aqueduct will offer wagering on the 13-race Black-Eyed Susan Day card at Pimlico, as well as advance wagering on Saturday’s Preakness. Also available on-track and through Telebet is wagering on the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double.





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DELPARK NEWS & NOTES - MAY 16


Rosie Napravnik returns to Delaware Park in winning fashion

Wilmington, Del., May 16, 2011 — After making a run at racing history in the Kentucky Derby, the leading jockey from last year, Rosie Napravnik returned to Delaware Park in winning fashion today. In her first day back to the Stanton oval, the 23-year-old native of Morristown, New Jersey, won aboard two of her five mounts.

She notched her first winner of the season in the seventh race when she guided the Gregory Griffith conditioned Rock Lobster to a neck victory against seven rivals in a one mile claiming event. She followed by winning the eighth race aboard the Michael Stidham trained Dreaming Blue, who defeated five rivals by 7 ½-lengths in a mile and a seventy yard maiden.





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Sunday, May 15 2011


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.





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