“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. ”
While Dutrow has won more than a dozen Delaware Park stakes and has won numerous notable stakes on the national level, the 53-year-old native of Hagerstown, Maryland has never won the Delaware Oaks or the Delaware Handicap. Last year, he had victory within in his grasp in the Delaware Oaks when Havre de Grace took the lead in deep stretch, but was beaten in the final jump at the wire by Blind Luck. The Delaware Oaks has always been a race that Anthony Dutrow has wanted to win.
“You bet,” he said. “The best 3-year-olds in the country came for the Delaware Oaks. It is a special race and even more so to me because I grew up with this race. We were just beaten a small nose by Blind Luck last year and I hope All for Thee can put us on the list of really really nice fillies that have won the Oaks.”
Past notable winners of the Delaware Oaks include: Vagrancy (1942), Gallorette (1945), Miss Request (1948), Next Move (1950), Kiss Me Kate (1951), Parlo (1954), Bayou (1957), Primonetta (1961), Lady Pitt (1966), Dark Mirage (1968), Gallant Bloom (1969), Desert Vixen (1973), Proud Spell (2008), and Blind Luck (2010).
Dutrow might enter two in the Babaro Stakes
Anthony Dutrow may enter two horses in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $100,000 Barbaro Stakes for 3-year-olds to be run as part of the Delaware Oaks undercard on July 9. He has a total of four nominated to the stake named for the winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who broke his maiden at Delaware Park in 2005.
“We are going to run at least one and possibly two,” Dutrow said. “J W Blue certainly could be entered and either All of the Above or Rush Now may be entered. It will be one of those two. We will probably run the other at Monmouth. So we will have at least one and possibly two.”
J W Blue sports a career record of two wins from eight starts with earnings of $76,470. In his most recent, the Kentucky-bred son of Sky Mesa finished second beaten a head in $50,000 Floor Show Stakes at Delaware Park on June 13.
All of the Above has a lifetime record of three wins and two seconds from six starts with earnings of $106,700. The New Jersey-bred son of Iron Deputy has won his last three races with his most recent against state-bred allowance competition going six furlongs at Monmouth on June 12.
Rush Now has a career record of four wins, a second, and a third from nine starts with earnings of $158,765. In his latest, the Kentucky-bred son of Tiznow won the $76,000 Spend a Buck Stakes by 4 ¼-lengths at Monmouth on May 22. Last year, he broke his maiden at Delaware Park and then followed by winning the $75,000 Dover Stakes.