July 15, 2013
Dancing Afleet recorded her first stake and graded stakes win with her victory in the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks Saturday at Delaware Park. With Joshua Navarro aboard, the Delaware certified filly by Afleet Alex won by a half length over Ile St. Molly. Tell A Great Story was another 1¾ lengths behind the top pair. Dancing Afleet returned $21.80. She covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1 minute, 44.59 seconds over a fast track. Dancing Afleet, a Pennsylvania-bred trained by Tim Ritchey raised her career record to three wins.
July 21, 2002 |
Allamerican Bertie left little doubt which was the best 3-year-old filly in the Grade III, $250,000 Delaware Oaks yesterday when she drew away in the stretch to a six-length victory under Larry Melancon at Delaware Park. Alternate held on to finish second, three lengths before Pass The Virtue. Fly Borboleta, Knock Twice, and Adoration followed in that order. Shop Til You Drop and Sixtyone Margaux were late scratches. Alternate, because of the popularity of rider Ramon Dominguez, a local star, and trainer Graham Motion, was the slight betting choice at 9-5, with Adoration at 2-1. Allamerican Bertie was the 5-2 third choice.
July 15, 2012
Big favorite Grace Hall took the lead in the upper stretch and then won going away under jockey Javier Castellano in the $400,000 Grade 2 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on Saturday. Finishing second in the field of seven fillies in the mile-and-a-sixteenth race was Via Villagio, ridden by Kent Desormeaux. Holding on to third after taking an early lead was Amie's Dini, with Jon Court aboard. Also at Delaware Park, Starformer scored a gate-to-wire victory in the $200,000 Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial.
June 29, 2011 |
David Cottle and Smart Angle's All for Thee will be ready for her first graded stake test when she runs in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 9. "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.
July 27, 1997 |
While several of her opponents have performed well in graded stakes races, Runup The Colors has never even started a stakes event. But the regally bred daughter of A. P. Indy, one of the hottest sires in the country, could be favored over 11 other 3-year-old fillies in today's $150,000 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park. Hall of Famer Pat Day will journey from Saratoga, N.Y., to ride Runup The Colors for owner William S. Farish and trainer Neil Howard in the 46th running of the 1 1/16-mile event.
July 22, 2001 |
Owner Rick Porter and trainer John Servis have a chance to make Delaware racing history today when Jostle faces five opponents in the 64th running of the $600,000 Delaware Handicap at 1 1/4 miles. Porter, a Wilmington resident, and Servis, of Bensalem, will try to become the first owner and trainer ever to capture the Delaware Oaks and Delaware Handicap in the same season. That became possible yesterday when Zonk shocked 10 opponents in the $250,000 Oaks, paying $61 after overrunning Mystic Lady and Jerry Bailey in the final yards of the Grade III test for 3-year-old fillies.
July 28, 1997 |
Runup The Colors duplicated the feat of her mother yesterday, rallying from far back to capture the $150,000 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park with an impressive finishing kick under Pat Day. Despite having never competed in a stakes event, Runup The Colors paid $4.40 as the heavy favorite and topped a $39 exacta and $148.40 trifecta. The daughter of A.P. Indy raced the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1 minute, 44 1/5 seconds for trainer Neil Howard. Owner William Farish saw Runup The Colors' dam, Up The Flagpole, win the Oaks in 1981, and thought it would be nice to win it again.
July 25, 1999 |
Trainer Josie Carroll noticed last year when she shipped Brushed Halory from Canada to Louisiana that the horse was unfazed by the heat. Yesterday, on a hot, muggy afternoon at Delaware Park, Brushed Halory exploded in the stretch to capture the $250,000 Delaware Oaks despite making her first start in three months. Gold From The West, who appeared to be a certain winner in midstretch, finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner and two lengths ahead of Queen's Word.
July 12, 2011 |
Five of horse racing's finest are being honored today with their induction into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame. The class of 2011 consists of Susan's Girl, Oscar White, William Hartack, Windfields Farm (E.P. Taylor), and John W. Rooney. Each inductee represents one of the following categories: horse, trainer, jockey, owner, and non-participant, respectively. "Susan's Girl was one of the greatest fillies and mares of all time. Oscar White won significant stakes over a period of three decades.
July 17, 2005 |
When the 17-1 outsider R Lady Joy crossed the wire one length in front of the favored Round Pond in yesterday's $500,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks, the majority of the crowd appeared somewhat stunned. But Kirk Ziadie, the trainer of R Lady Joy, was not surprised one bit. "I told my owners after her last race that if you give me two months to get her ready, we'll go to the Delaware Oaks and I don't care who is in it, we'll win," the 36-year-old native of Kingston, Jamaica, said from the winner's circle.