Two Emmys favored in Cape Henlopen

Wolfe Racing and Hugh Robertson’s Two Emmys tops the $150,000 Cape Henlopen Stakes at Delaware Park on Thursday, September 8.  The mile and a half turf affair for 3-year-olds and upward has attracted a field twelve.

In his most recent, Two Emmys posted a 3-length triumph in the mile and a sixteenth $75,000 Outbound Ike Stakes over the Hawthorne turf course on June 25.  Previously, the 6-year-old son of English Channel was unplaced in the mile and a half $350,000 Grade II Elkhorn Stakes on the Keeneland turf on April 23. 

The Kentucky-bred trained by McLean Robertson also won the mile and an eighth $300,000 Grade II Muniz Memorial Classic on the Fair Grounds grass course on March 26.

Last year, he had a record of two wins and four seconds from seven starts including a win in the mile and a quarter $600,000 Grade I Mr. D. at Arlington, a pair of seconds in the Grade Arlington Classic and Grade III Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland.  He has a career record of six wins, eight seconds and a third from 22 starts with earnings of $815,083.

If Two Emmys has a solid effort in the Cape Henlopen, he will make his next start in the mile and a half $300,000 Grade III Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland on October 14.

“We hope he runs well in the Cape Henlopen and that will set him up nicely for the mile and a half race at Keeneland he ran second in last year,” said trainer McLean Robertson.  “That is the plan.  If he runs well in Delaware, we will go to Keeneland.  He is coming into this race great.  We could not be happier with where he is at.  He has worked five or six times at Delaware and we can train him on the turf gallop there which he likes.  He really likes it at Delaware and he has been training well, so he should be ready to run.”

Oceans Map
Oceans Map prior to winning the Cape Henlopen Stakes. Photo Mike Valiante.

Two Emmys is 5-2 on the morning line, a somewhat tepid favorite given his accomplishments. But he’s also facing a solid field of 11 others.

Last year’s defending champ, Oceans Map, is set to try to defend his title in this spot and is 5-1 on the morning line. Oceans Map, from the barn of owner-trainer Gregg Sacco, hasn’t won since last year’s Cape Henlopen, losing six consecutive races since. Paco Lopez has the mount.

Three other runners also have single-digit odds. Next (6-1), for trainer William Cowans, hasn’t had the most productive season but last year won the War Chant Stakes at Churchill Downs and has won four times in 13 career outings. Luan Machado is named.

Royne, fourth last time in the Colonial Cup, is also 6-1 on the morning line. Trained by Michael Dickinson, he’ll have Feargal Lynch in the irons.

And Whiskey Double, twice graded stakes-placed on the dirt, is 8-1 on the morning line. Leading rider Jaime Rodriguez will ride for trainer Mike Maker.