From a Delaware Park release
Lady of Gold, locally-owned by The Elkstone Group, is expected to improve in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The mile and three eighths grass affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of eleven.
After a winter campaign at Santa Anita Racetrack in southern California, Lady of Gold finished a strong third in the mile and a sixteenth $50,000 Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park on June 10. Previously, the 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was unplaced in the mile and an eighth Grade II Santa Ana Stakes on March 15. On January 18, the Kentucky-bred trained by H. Graham Motion finished third in the mile and a half Astra Stakes. On December 27, she finished fourth in the mile and an eighth Robert Frankel. She has a career record of two wins, four seconds and six thirds from 19 starts with earnings of $234,973.
“She needs more ground and we kind of figured that out over the winter,” said trainer H. Graham Motion. “Because of that, pretty much since she left California, this has been the race we have been pointing her for. She ran terrific in the Justakiss and that race should really help set her up for the Robert Dick.”
Motion also has entered Augustin Stable’s Kitten’s Point. In her most recent, the 5-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy notched a half-length victory in the mile and a half Grade III Bewtich Stakes over the Keeneland grass on April 25. Previously, the Pennsylvania-bred ran third in the mile and a half Grade III Orchid Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 28. She has a career record of five wins, three seconds, and two thirds from 15 starts with earnings of $434,565.
“These kind of races are really her forte,” Motion said. “I think in her last race, she really put it all together. She had a really good winter. I think with her it has been a progression and it has just taken us a little while to figure out, but I think she is in the best form she has ever been. She is really doing terrific right now.”
Trainer H. Graham Motion has won this race six of the 18 renewals, but not since 2009. He won the with Caprice (2009), Rosinka (2007), Alternate (2004 & 2003), New Economy (2002), and Bursting Forth (1999).
In post position order, with program number in parentheses:
- (#2) Silverville/15-1
- (#3) Striking Style/10-1
- (#4) Fasnacloich/15-1
- (#5) Cat’s Claw/12-1
- (#6) Ceisteach/10-1
- (#7) Queen’s Parade/6-1
- (#8) Lady of Gold/8-1
- (#1) Kitten’s Point/4-1
- (#1a) Chat/4-1
- (#9) Rosalind/5-2
- (#10) Courtesan/6-1