Bryan’s Jewel will be tough in Rooney turf or dirt

Wilmington, Del., June 5, 2013 — Regardless if the race is run on the turf or dirt, Barry and Joni Butzow’s Bryan’s Jewel figures to be one tough contender when she meets twelve foes in the $75,000 John W. Rooney Memorial at Delaware Park this Saturday. The mile-and-a-sixteenth turf affair for fillies and mares is named after the former vice-president of racing and vice-president of finance who served Delaware Park for 44 years. The Rooney is the local prep for the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial to be run on July 13.

Trainer McLean “Mac” Robertson has entered the 5-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor in the Rooney, but he is still keeping his options open.

“We are going to enter and see how the race comes up,” said Robertson. “We will probably hope for some rain. She likes the grass, but obviously there are quite a few in the race that are hard-knocking grass fillies. She runs well on both turf and dirt, so we can be flexible, but we are also thinking about the Obeah Stakes the following week.”

The mile-and-an-eighth $100,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes is the local prep for the big filly and mare summer classic, the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap to be run on July 20.

Bryan’s Jewel has a career record of six wins, five seconds and four thirds from 21 starts, with earnings of $300,428. The Kentucky-bred has a turf record of two wins, three seconds and a third from six starts, with earnings $124,700. Five of those turf starts have been at Delaware Park, where she broke her maiden in a one-mile turf event in 2011 and also won the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial on the grass last year. But her Delaware Park success has not been limited to the turf. In her eight starts on the main track at the Stanton-oval, she has two victories, two seconds and three thirds. In her most recent outing, she finished second in the $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes on the Delaware Park main track on May 22.

But Louis Schaffel, Jim Collins and Joel Schwartz’s Team will be hard to beat, especially if the race remains on the grass. The 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker sports a turf record of three wins, two seconds and two thirds from eight starts. Last year, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Christophe Clement finished fourth in the mile-and-three-eighths Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park. She has a career record of four wins, two seconds and two thirds from 10 starts, with earnings of $139,790.

Another top contender is George and Lori Hall’s In the Rough. In her most recent, the 6-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic finished fifth in a Gulfstream Park turf allowance on April 3. Last year, the Virginia-bred conditioned by Kelly Breen won the one-mile $60,000 Forever Together Stakes at Delaware Park. She has a career record of five wins, seven seconds and four thirds from 32 starts, with earnings $316,740.
$75,000 John Rooney Memorial
For fillies and mares 3-year-olds and upwards
at a mile and a sixteenth (turf)
PP # HORSE OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY Wg OD
1 1 In the Rough George & Lori Hall Kelly Breen Ryan Curtalo 117 9/2
7 1A Srumdiddlyumptious George & Lori Hall Kelly Breen Ryan Curtalo 117 9/2
2 2 Access to Charlie Howard Bender Lawrence Murray TBA 117 15-1
3 3 Bryan’s Jewel Barry & Joni Butzow McLean Robertson Alex Cintron 117 6-1
4 4 Laughing Richard Santulli Alan Goldberg R. Alvarado Jr 117 5-1
5 5 Carrietta Robert Cole Howard Wolfendale TBA 117 30-1
6 6 Absolute Crackers Flaxman Holdings H. Graham Motion Daniel Centeno 117 12-1
8 7 Welcome Dance Ramona Bass Michael Matz Alex Cintron 117 8-1
9 8 Angel Terrace Augustin Stable Jonathan Sheppard Daniel Coa 117 10-1
10 9 Fire Assay AJ Suited Racing Stable James Toner Daniel Centeno 117 20-1
11 10 Tanivan Happy Got Lucky Stable Marcos Zulueta Maria Remedio 117 20-1
12 11 Team Schaffel, Collins et al Christophe Clement Jeremy Rose 117 4-1
13 12 Onepointhreekarats Live Oak Plantation H. Graham Motion Jeremy Rose 117 6-1