CRISPIN, ROSALES SCORE ON DELPARK OWNERS DAY
Prior to today’s Owners Day at Delaware Park, jockeys Victor Rosales and Alexander Crispin had combined to win more than 130 races. But precisely zero of those wins had come in stakes company.
That changed for both the journeyman Rosales and the apprentice Crispin this afternoon, as each rider earned stakes win number one on a day that included six stakes.
SINGLINO SCORES IN FIRST STATE DASH
John E. Worsely’s Singlino posted an upset victory in the $100,625 First State Dash Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Alexander Crispin aboard, the 2-year-old son of Uncle Lino returned $19.40. The Maryland-bred trained by John Worsley won by 2-lengths. Maythehorsebewithu, with Alex Cintron, finished second. It was another 3 1/4-lengths farther back to Latin Spice, with Raul Mena, in third. The even-money favorite in the field of ten, Newyearsblockparty with Brian Pedroza, finished eighth.
Singlino covered the five and a half furlongs in 1:05.11 over a sloppy track. He raised his career record to two wins from three starts with earnings of $80,625.
“I have always been really excited about this horse,” said winning rider Alexander Crispin. “The first time I rode him, we won. He got a little break, but when he first came back to the track, he worked really good and he progressed with each day. In the mornings, every time I would get him on, he felt better. I had faith and hope when he did race next, he would do well and today he did. Everything came together today and it went as planned”
THREES OVER DEUCES TAKES NEW CASTLE VIA DQ
Pocket 3’s Racing’s Threes Over Deuces won the $100,375 New Castle Stakes via disqualification at Delaware Park today. Whereshetoldmetogo, the 9-to-5 favorite with Alex Cintron, crossed the finish line first 1 1/2-lengths in front, but was disqualified and placed second by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards for interfering with Threes Over Deuces, with Victor Rosales, in deep stretch. It was another 2 1/4-lengths farther back to Golden Candy, with Carol Cedeno, in third.
The winning time for six furlongs over a sloppy main track was 1:10.42. Threes Over Deuces returned $9.80 as the third-choice in the field of eight. The Kentucky-bred son of Flat Out trained by Gary Capuano raised his career record to six wins from 31 starts with earnings of $430,032.
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STREET LUTE SCORES IN SMALL WONDER
Lucky 7 Stables’ Street Lute notched her second career victory in as many starts in $100,625 Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park today. With Brian Pedroza aboard, the 2-year-old daughter of Street Magician posted a 5-length win and returned $6.40 as the favorite in the field of eleven. Plane Drunk, with Abner Adorno, finished second a head in front of Hickory Dickorydoc, with Roberto Alvarado Jr. in third.
Street Lute covered the five and a half furlongs over sloppy main track in 1:05.36. The Maryland-bred trained by John Robb raised her career record to two wins from two starts with earnings of $90,000.
“We had a great trip,” said winning rider Brian Pedroza. “I loved having the outside post, we broke well and I kept her in the clear. After that, I just let her do her thing. I really did not expect anything less of her today. I thought she was the best horse going in, she is the best 2-year-old I have sat on all meet, and she performed like it.”
FACT FINDING EASY WINNER IN GOVERNORS DAY
Robert M Evans and Bart B. Evans Fact Finding posted an easy score the $75,000 DTHA Governors Day Handicap at Delaware Park today. With Carol Cedeno aboard, the 6-year-old son of The Factor posted an 11 ¾-length victory and returned $4.20 in the field of four. Tudox Expectations, with Jaime Rodriguez finished second. It was another 2 1/2-lengths farther back to the 4-to-5 favorite Wait for It, with Abner Adorno, in third. Fact Finding cut early fractions of: 46.56 for a half-mile and 1:11.35 for the three quarters-mile before completing the mile and seventy yards in 1:41.27 over a sloppy main track. The Kentucky-bred trained by J. Reeve McGaughey raised his career record to eight wins from 19 starts with earnings of $387,196.
“I had a perfect trip,” said winning rider Carol Cedeno. “I just wanted to get the lead because he likes to be in front. I got him there and he did the rest. I had so much horse, he made the trip real easy for me. The only thing I was worried about was the break and getting the lead. He does not break great, but when we get out of the gate good, he makes the rest of the trip real easy.”
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MADAM MEENA UPSETS TAX-FREE SHOPPING DISTAFF
Michael R. Cox’s Madam Meena notched her first career stakes victory in easy fashion in the $100,375 Tax Free Shopping Distaff at Delaware Park today. With Jaime Rodriguez aboard, the 3-year-old daughter of Include posted an 8 3/4-length win and returned $8.00 as the second choice in the field of eight. Dancer’s Melody, with Carol Cedeno, finished second a head in front of Quiet Imagination, with Alex Cintron, in third. The 4-to-5 favorite, Pink Caddy with Abner Adorno, finished fourth.
Madam Meena cut early fractions of 22.52 for the quarter-mile and :45.84 for the half-mile before completing the six furlongs over a sloppy main track in 1:10.20. The Pennsylvania-bred trained by Jamie Ness raised her career record to six wins from ten starts with earnings of $191,450.
“I was a little bit worried having the one hole with the track being sloppy,” said winning rider Jaime Rodriguez. “When she broke good and when I saw nobody really wanted to take the lead, I saw an advantage and took it. When she got the lead, she just kept going. Once we hit the top of the lane, she got big and she kept running. I was a little worried with the sloppy track because she had a start in the slop and she did not hit the board. It was the only time in her career she did not hit the board. Today, we just found a part of the track where she was really comfortable and being on the lead helped, but she really handled the sloppy track today.”
IT’S ARTFUL SPLATTER IN THE ROSENBERGER MEMORIAL
James C. Wolf’s Artful Splatter posted an easy front running victory in the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware today. The race was originally scheduled for the turf, but was transferred to the main track due heavy showers last night. With Alex Cintron aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Bandbox won by a 10 1/4-lengths and returned $5.20 as the second-choice in the field of five. Tudox Expectations, with Jaime Rodriguez, finished second. It was 1 1/2-lengths farther back to the 6-to-5 favorite, Wait for It with Abner Adorno, in third.
Artful Splatter set early fractions of 49.19 for the half-mile and 1:13.15 for the three quarter-miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.89 over a sloppy main track. The Maryland-bred trained by Kieron Magee raised her career mark to eight wins from 23 starts with earnings of $295,428.