Delaware: Digging into Owners Day stakes

In his return to two-turn racing, No Sabe Nada ran away and hid from his rivals in a third-level allowance at Delaware Park, winning by over six lengths. It was No Sabe Nada’s first two-turn try since he was a two-year-old.

The runner-up that day, Helium, returned to win a race at Parx, flattering No Sabe Nada’s performance. You may remember Helium as the then-undefeated winner of the 2021 Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby who returned to be eighth in the Kentucky Derby.

No Sabe Nada also has five wins from nine Delaware Park outings, and all of that has made the four-year-old Jersey Town gelding the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s eighth at Delaware, the $100,000 DTHA Governors Day Handicap. The Governors Day, the eighth race, is restricted to horses that have made a start at Delaware Park this meet, as is the Rosenberger Memorial, which is the ninth race.

No Sabe Nada is trained by Ned Allard for R Racing Stable. Eight of his 10 career wins or placings, including all five of his wins, have come at Delaware, where he has registered more than $200,000 in earnings. Kevin Gomez,  in the midst of a hot meet, has the mount.

His toughest competition could come from Yodel E. A.. Who. The seven-year-old Creative Cause gelding has made just one start at Delaware this season and was well-beaten in a May allowance. But he was away slowly in that six-furlong test and ran evenly around the track. Two back, he rallied to win against a salty allowance crew at Laurel Park before a middling fourth-place finish last out in the Deputed Testamony there.

Trained by Jamie Ness, Yodel E. A. Who has 14 career wins and over $600,000 in career earnings. Jaime Rodriguez will ride.

In the Rosenberger, a two-turn test for fillies and mares on the turf, Downtown Katie is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The Michael Gorham trainee was first past the post in the All Brandy at Laurel Park last time but was disqualified for impeding a rival in the lane following a lengthy stewards’ review.

Gorham has had a productive Delaware meet with 14 wins and a 21% strike rate. Downtown Katie doesn’t win often – just three times in 24 starts – but she always runs her race and will be heard from late. Leading rider Jaime Rodriguez has the mount.

The second choice at 5-2 is Uncorked. She had only modest success in her native Australia, winning once in nine outings, but she has two wins in four starts since coming to the US and landing in Brittany Russell’s barn. With one of those starts having come on the dirt, she’s a neck from being undefeated on the turf in North America.

Kevin Gomez will ride for Russell, who has 19 wins and a 31% strike rate at the meet.

The speed of the field looks likely to be Thisnameisokay for trainer Steve Cooper. The Strong Mandate filly won an allowance at Colonial last time out and has three wins in four tries over the Delaware lawn. Joe Rocco, Jr. will ride.