Stan Stefanski's homebred Vogue Girl stayed unbeaten with her victory in the $100,000 Blue Hen Stakes at Delaware Park Saturday.
Ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr., the 2-year-old daughter of Souvenir Copy notched a three-quarter-of-a-length score. From Away, the 9-to-5 favorite ridden by Clinton Potts, closed for second and it was another 1 1/4-lengths farther back to Quiet Down, ridden by Oliver Castillo, in third.
Vogue Girl cut early fractions of :47.64 for the half-mile and 1:13.09 for the three-quarters mile, completing the one-mile Blue Hen in 1:38.81 over a fast main track. The Kentucky-bred trained by Allen Iwinski returned $9.60 as the third choice in the field of seven. She ran her record to three wins from as many starts with earnings of $100,200.
"This will probably be her final start this year," said Iwinski. "We are going to freshen her up for her 3-year-old year. I thought it was an excellent race.
"I was a little concerned because she was in front the whole way, which I really didn't want to happen. The early fractions were not that fast and she was probably dragging Roberto (Alvarado) to the lead. She held on very well down the stretch. I thought they were going to go by her, but she just kept digging in. It was her first time around two turns and I think she should improve off this."
The 7-2 third choice in the field of seven, Vogue Girl earned $60,000 and paid $.60, $4.20 and $2.60. From Away returned $3 and $2.60. Quiet Down's show was $4.60.