From a Delaware Park release
Calumet Farm’s White Clover punched her ticket for the $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks to be run on July 11 by notching a 1 ½-length victory in the $50,375 Our Mims Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Kerwin Clark aboard, the daughter of Exchange Rate covered the mile and seventy yards in 1:41.07 over a good main track. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by J. Larry Jones returned $16.40 as the fourth choice in the field of eight. Peace and War, ridden by Jevian Toledo, finished second. It was a 1 ½-lengths further back to the 2-to-1 favorite Cayman Croc with Paco Lopez in third.
White Clover notched her first career stake victory in the Our Mims. She raised her record to three wins from eight starts with earnings of $102,830.
In her only other stake race attempt, she finished seventh in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds on February 21. In her most recent, she posted a ¾-length triumph in a five furlong allowance at Delaware Park on May 16.
“She has kind of gotten over shadowed in our barn because of Lovely Maria and I’m a Chatterbox,” said winning trainer J. Larry Jones. “But she is a really nice filly. When we pitched her in the Rachel Alexandra a few races back, our intent was to run one-two-three and we ran one-two. But all of my horses had been on the lead at some point. She was on lead, and then Lovely Maria took over, and then I’m a Chatterbox took over late. But White Clover is a really nice filly and hopefully we will hear a lot more from her later this summer. Her next race will likely be the Delaware Oaks.”
“She was pretty sharp and I was very pleased with her race,” said trainer H. Graham Motion, of Peace and War, who ran second. “The Delaware Oaks is definitely a possibility.”