Wolfe Racing and Hugh Robertson’s Piece of My Heart tops a field of eight in the $300,000 Grade 3 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park this Saturday. The Oaks has been carded as the eighth race with an approximate post time of 4:45 p.m.
For the first time, the 1 1/16-mile affair will be a points race for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, which was rescheduled to September 4 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Delaware Oaks will be worth 50 points to the winner, 20 points for second, 10 points for third and five for fourth.
Piece of My Heart (2-1) has won her last two at Oaklawn Park. In her most recent, the Florida-bred trained by McLean Robertson posted a 1 ½-length score in the $80,000 Gardenia Stakes on May 1. Previously, the daughter of Flat Out notched a 1-length triumph in a one mile allowance on April 10. She has a career record of three wins, two seconds and a third from eight starts with earnings of $135,750.
She has had four workouts at Delaware Park with her most recent on June 30 when she breezed five furlongs over a fast main track in 1:00. Joe Talamo will have the mount.
“She is doing real good,” said trainer McLean Robertson. “It looks like she gets over the Delaware Park surface really well. Hopefully, she will run the same as last time. It took her a little while for her, but she got awful good at Oaklawn and she is doing really good here, so we are looking forward to Saturday.”
WinStar Farm, Lindy Farms, and Madaket Stables’ Comical will be seeking redemption as she finished second to Piece of My Heart in the Gardenia Stakes in her last race. Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by Steven Asmussen second in a mile and a sixteenth allowance at Oaklawn Park on March 28. In her only other outing this year, she finished fourth in mile and forty yards $150,000 Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on February 8.
Overall, she has posted a record of two wins, three seconds and a third from nine starts, including a win the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga and a second in the Grade I Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. Comical (5-2) has earnings of $271,251. Alex Cintron is named.