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.
Jack Swain’s Apple Charlotte will be seeking her first career stake victory in the Rooney. She has made two starts this year. In her most recent, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Kentucky Derby winning trainer H. Graham Motion finished fourth in a mile turf allowance at Belmont Park on May 11. Previously, the 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike finished third in a one-mile turf allowance at Keeneland. Her final race of the 2010 season was on April 3, 2010, when she finished sixth in the Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. She sports a career record of two wins, two seconds and a third from seven starts with earnings of $82,817.