Delaware Township earned his first graded stakes win Saturday at Belmont Park, defeating Bevo by 1 1/2 lengths in the $250,000 Forest Hills Handicap (gr. II).
Under Pat Day, Delaware Township tracked early leaders Falkenburg and Forest Camp as the pair dueled through an opening quarter run in :21.68. Delaware Township, running without blinkers for the first time since early-June, rushed up three-wide to take the lead after a half-mile in :44.47 and held off Bevo's late charge to complete the six furlongs in 1:08.56 on a fast track.
"He ran a monster race," said Day. "He felt Bevo's presence and I tapped on him a little bit just to get him into it."
Valiant Halory finished third, four lengths behind Bevo. Forest Camp, Shadow Caster, Kelly Kip, and Falkenburg completed the order of finish.
A 4-year-old, Delaware Township won two of four races as a juvenile before being sidelined for 20 months. Since returning to racing in May, the Ben W. Perkins Jr.-trained son of Notebook has reeled off four wins to improve his career mark to seven wins in 11 starts. In his most recent start prior to the Forest Hills, Delaware Township finished third in the Vosburgh (gr. I) after winning the Longfellow Stakes by seven lengths at Monmouth Park. Delaware Township earned $250,000 for owner New Farm. He was bred in Florida by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bono. (Chart, Equibase