"It really is a small world. I mean, who would have thought the three fillies that broke their maidens at Delaware Park would have come back the following year and ran one-two-three in the Kentucky Oaks," said Grace Hall's trainer, Anthony Dutrow. "It is a small world. In the Kentucky Oaks, we did not have any excuses. She went into the race very well, and obviously she ran well against the best fillies in training."
On March 31, Grace Hall won the Grade II Gulfstream Park Oaks by 61/2 lengths. In her only other outing this year, on Feb. 25, she finished second in the Grade II Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In her most recent workout, on July 8, she breezed four furlongs at Delaware Park in :47.
Dutrow has also entered Green Lantern Stables' Wicked Mizz in the Delaware Oaks. In her most recent race, on June 9, the daughter of Mizzen Mast notched a 2¼-length win in the $75,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park. Previously, on March 14, the Florida-bred ran second in the $75,000 Limit Stakes at Aqueduct. She sports a career record of two wins, a second, and a third from four starts, with earnings of $92,000.
"If everything goes as planned, Grace Hall will point for the Alabama at Saratoga," Dutrow said. "As far as Wicked Mizz, she has a lot to prove, and we are hopeful she will."
Bubbly Jane heads turf stake. Bubbly Jane is the slight favorite in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial, a 13/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.
Delaware Oaks Field
The $400,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks for 3-year-old fillies
will be run Saturday at Delaware Park at 11/16 miles.
1 Singlet Dutrow TBA 116 7-5
1a Grace Hall Dutrow Castellano 122 7-5
2 Wicked Mizz Dutrow Rose 118 6-1
3 Amie's Dini Moquett Court 118 8-1
4 Morrow Cove Pletcher Rocco Jr. 116 8-1
5 Via Villaggio Hollendorfer Desmoreaux 116 5-2
6 Aubby K Nicks Prado 116 9-2