A field of 10 fillies and mares will contest the $600,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/4 miles Sunday at Delaware Park. The Edward P. Evans entry of Summer Colony and Unrestrained has been installed the 8/5 favorite.
Summer Colony is the main reason for the backing. The 4-year-old daughter of Summer Squall has already taken down the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) and the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III) this year, and was second in her most recent outing, the Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), missing by one length to Atelier. Summer Colony has won seven of 15 lifetime starts and earned better than $500,000. Mark Hennig trains both halves of the Evans entry.
Other contenders include Critical Eye, trying to recapture her stakes-winning form from a year ago; Two Item Limit; California shipper Starrer; Catch the Ring; and Pompeii.
The field for the Delaware Handicap, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
Quiet Lake (Harry Vega, 111)
Critical Eye (Mike Luzzi, 113)
Unrestrained (no rider, 111)
Summer Colony (John Velazquez, 118)
Two Item Limit (Jerry Bailey, 113)
Mountain Angel (Jorge Chavez, 116)
Catch the Ring (Mark Guidry, 116)
Starrer (Garrett Gomez, 116)
Pompeii (Pat Day, 114)
Your Out (Ramon Dominguez, 113)