DelCap undercard: A star is ‘mourne
by Frank Vespe
Frostmourne stamped himself an up-and-comer when he made a quick move to win the Grade 2 Penn Mile at Penn National in early June.
Today at Delaware Park, in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes, he may well have arrived.
Under jockey Joel Rosario, Frostmourne, a Speightstown colt trained by Christophe Clement, bided his time behind The Tortoise for three-quarters of a mile before running past that rival and drawing off to a six-length win in 1:49.95 for 1 1/8 miles over a turf course rated good.
“I just took my time with him,” said Rosario. “He really put a very nice run in.”
It was the second graded stakes win for the three-year-old and gave him more than $537,000 in earnings.
“He’s an improving horse and every time he showed up and every time he runs well,” said Chris Lorieul. “Today he toyed with those horses. He’s a classy type of horse.”
CARL HANFORD MEMORIAL STAKES
There was plenty of early pace in Saturday’s $50,000 Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park, one of three added-money events supporting the Delaware Handicap.
The most immediate beneficiary in the 1 1/16 mile test was No Distortion, who rallied from fifth under Edwin Gonzalez to post a dominant 2 1/2 length win in 1:43.90. Late-running Sea Raven ran into the exacta, while favored Adirondack King had to settle for fourth.
No Distortion is trained by Larry Jones for the horse’s breeder-owner, Brereton Jones. It was his second stakes win and fourth victory overall from 17 starts.
Five-year-old Maryland-bred Struth, in his third start in Kieron Magee’s barn, outfought hard-hitting Always Sunshine to score by 1 1/2 lengths in today’s $50,000 Hockessin Stakes at six furlongs. Running time was 1:09.65.
Favored Eighty Three was third.
Under Edwin Gonzalez, who won two stakes and finished third in the DelCap, Struth was in action early, and he and Always Sunshine, a Grade 3 winner, fought it out heads apart for the first five furlongs before Struth wore his rival down. It was almost seven lengths farther back to Eighty Three.
“Thrilled,” said Magee, who conditions the Curlin gelding for owner Mark Sitlinger. “He got in trouble last time, had a rough trip – everything went wrong, and he got beat only a couple lengths.”
Struth, who returned $10.60 to win, now has seven wins from 17 starts and $261,255 in earnings.