May 11, 2012 |
This story is the first in a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Delaware Handicap. After the famous stretch-long duel between rivals Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in last year's Delaware Handicap, expectations for the 2012 filly and mare summer classic, slated for July 21, have never been higher. The dramatic victory proved to be the final and greatest in the brilliant career of Blind Luck. The gallant defeat did nothing but improve Havre de Grace's stature as one of the best in training and proved to be a pivotal stepping stone in a campaign that culminated with Horse of the Year honors for the locally owned and trained filly.
July 17, 1994 |
Only one of the 10 fillies and mares entered in today's $159,050 Delaware Handicap has ever as much as tried to win at 1 1/4 miles. None has been successful. And while Delaware Park's main event has been dominated in recent years by Maryland-based runners, there is not one entrant from that state this year. As a result, many horseplayers probably will find this race to be a handicapping puzzle - three entrants shipped from Belmont, one entrant each from Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Hampshire, and the remaining pair stabled at the Stanton, Del., track.
July 16, 2009 |
Unbridled Belle, the 2007 winner of the Delaware Handicap, was established yesterday as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 72d edition of the $1 million, Grade II highlight of Delaware Park's racing season. The winner of the Delaware Handicap gets an automatic invite into the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic on Nov. 6 at Santa Anita. Unbridled Belle, a 6-year-old owned by Team Valor and trained by Todd Pletcher, finished third in last year's Delaware Handicap. She was back at Delaware Park this year and won the Grade III Obeah Stakes on June 20 by 11 lengths.
July 22, 2012
Royal Delta held on for a gutsy victory over long shot Tiz Miz Sue in the Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. Besilu Stable's Royal Delta, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic last year, earned her spot in the same race this year, since the filly and mare race is a "win and you're in" Breeders' Cup Challenge race. The Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic will be run at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2. With Mike Smith aboard, Royal Delta earned a neck victory and returned $3.00 as the favorite in the field of seven.
April 23, 1987 |
Delaware Park, the region's oldest race track, opens on Saturday for its golden-anniversary season. The track, built by the late William H. du Pont Jr., is known for its parklike setting. It will operate four days a week, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 1:30 p.m. first post time. It also will be open three Mondays, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day, the closing card. The 1987 season will again feature the $100,000 Delaware Handicap, the region's only Grade I race on the main track.
July 22, 2002 |
Summer Colony suggested yesterday that she may be the best filly in the nation when she overcame an eventful trip to capture the 65th running of the $600,000 Delaware Handicap. "I feel like she's the best," said an elated Mark Hennig, the winning trainer. "It was tough. She was really boxed in, and Jerry [Bailey aboard Two Item Limit] knew she was the horse to beat. I think John finally got mad and forced his way out. " Hennig was referring to winning rider John Velazquez, who has been sizzling in New York and was the leading jockey at the just-concluded Belmont Park meeting.
July 21, 2003 |
Bobby Frankel continued what is likely to become the most successful year ever for a trainer when he saddled Wild Spirit for an impressive six-length victory in yesterday's $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap. "She's a beautiful filly, possibly as good as any in the country," Frankel said after saddling his 34th graded stakes winner of the season, which includes 13 Grade I victories. Wild Spirit, ridden by Jerry Bailey, sat just off the pacesetting Take Charge Lady and Mandy's Gold in the early going, then moved between that pair to challenge for the lead on the backstretch, with Bailey restraining her from taking the lead too soon.
July 20, 2009 |
Swift Temple got an uncontested lead, and Alan Garcia rode the fourth betting choice in a six-horse field to a 2 1/4-length victory yesterday in the $1 million Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. Owned by Mark Stanley of Lexington, Ky., and trained by Dale Romans out of Churchill Downs, the filly finished the 1 1/4-mile course in 2 minutes, 3.41 seconds, paying $17 to win. Icon Project was second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of favorite Unbridled Belle, the 2007 Delaware Handicap winner.