NO SABE NADA FAVORED IN DOVER
“The question is, do I retire or does it just come to an end?” trainer Scott Peck said recently. “I keep saying that this will be my last year, but then another young horse comes up and I’m interested.”
Peck, nearing 90, has to be absolutely fascinated by No Sabe Nada. The two-year-old Jersey Town colt, whose name translates to “he knows nothing,” is the headliner and 3-2 morning line favorite in Thursday’s $50,000 Dover Stakes for Delaware certified two-year-olds at Delaware Park.
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No Sabe Nada broke slowly in his debut and was green as spring grass. But under jockey Deivy Chavez – just the rider’s second mount of the year – No Sabe Nada rallied smartly on the outside to win by 6 ½ widening lengths.
Off at 9-1, he stopped the clock in 59.05 seconds for five furlongs over a fast main track at Delaware Park. That earned him a BRIS speed figure of 80, tops in the field. Chavez has the return mount.
That race was August 14, so bettors inclined to try to beat No Sabe Nada, who’s owned by R Racing Stable, may hang their hats on the quick return to action.
Oddly enough for a two-year-old winners’ race in August, No Sabe Nada is the only runner here to have won at first asking. The runner who comes closest is Rebel Empire (5-1). The Lynn Ashby trainee stumbled and lost the rider first time out before graduating – by a nose – in his second start in front-running fashion. Aubrie Green will ride.
The morning line second choice is the Jamie Ness-trained Stevethevandriver (5-2). The Great Notion gelding broke his maiden at third asking against maiden claiming rivals at Pimlico. Jaime Rodriguez will ride.
Mercury Ten (8-1) is another who presents an interesting profile. The Mark Shuman-trained Bourbon Courage made his debut in stakes company, in the grassy $100,000 Hickory Tree Stakes at Colonial Downs August 2. He was a rallying fourth that day and now will switch to the main track with Mychel Sanchez back aboard.
Maiden claiming winner Stormy Bonnie (6-1) and maidens Kick Rocks Kid (20-1) and Under the Radar (8-1) round out the field. The Dover is scheduled as the eighth race on the card, with an anticipated post time of 4:45.