July 17, 2015 |
TWO GRADE I stakes are run in the Delaware Valley each year, at least until the graded stakes committee wises up and makes the Pennsylvania Derby a Grade I. The Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies will be run Sept. 19 at Parx Racing. The venerable Delaware Handicap will be run for the 78th time tomorrow at Delaware Park. The $750,000 race for fillies and mares is at the classic American distance, a mile and a quarter. Through the years, the race has been won by many special horses, including Susan's Girl and Our Mims back in the day and, more recently, Royal Delta and Blind Luck.
July 15, 2014 |
STANTON, Del. - How races are run often is more determinant in results than what horses are running in those races. How horses undergo subtle changes over time also matters every bit as much as the history of those horses. When 2014 began, the idea of Belle Gallantey beating Princess of Sylmar in any race, much less Saturday's Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap would have been laughable. In 2013, Belle Gallantey was 1-for-14 and was claimed for $35,000 from her final race of the year.
July 11, 2014 |
WHEN IT BECAME obvious early last year that Princess of Sylmar was going to be a special filly, Ed Stanco had one race he really wanted her to win - the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, not far from where he grew up. Well, she won the Alabama in the midst of an historic four-race win streak that included the Kentucky Oaks, CCA Oaks and Beldame. This year, Stanco, along with his five partners, targeted one race they really want win - tomorrow's $750,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.
July 22, 2013 |
STANTON, Del. - Royal Delta went right to the front at the start of the Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap and led all the way Saturday in a 103/4-length victory over four overmatched rivals. Under confident handling by jockey Mike Smith, Royal Delta moved clear soon after the start, then opened a long lead after five furlongs. She was almost seven lengths in front after a mile and opened up even more through the stretch and was a dominating winner under only the mildest of urging.
July 21, 2013
The defending champion, Besilu Stables' Royal Delta, tops a field of six entered in the Grade I Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 filly and mare summer classic will carry Grade I status for the first-time since 1989. If Royal Delta wins the Delaware Handicap, she would become the sixth two-time winner of the filly and mare summer classic. The most recent to do so was Nastique, who accomplished the feat in 1988 and 1989. $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap Fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/4 mile.
March 10, 2013
The Colorado Rapids' home opener Saturday against the Union was postponed until Sunday because of a blizzard. Originally, the Rapids had said the game would be played no matter the weather, but the snowstorm intensified and the game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., was pushed back a day by Major League Soccer. Travel was advised only in case of an emergency in Adams County, where 14 inches of snow and 40-m.p.h. winds were expected. Elsewhere: Forward Robert Earnshaw scored two goals to lead Toronto FC to a 2-1 win in its home opener against Sporting Kansas City at the Rogers Centre, and snap a 15-game MLS winless streak going back to last season.
July 21, 2012 |
Royal Delta tops the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 summer classic for older fillies and mares has attracted a field of seven. The winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2. In her most recent outing, Royal Delta posted an eight-length triumph in the 11/8-mile $150,000 Grade II Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker finished ninth in the Grade I Emirates Air Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 31 and third in the Grade 3 Sabin at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25. Mike Smith was aboard her for the first time in the Fleur de Lis. "She is more talented than I already knew she was, to be honest with you," Smith said.