Longshot Zonk rallied from just off the pace to upset Saturday's $261,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at odds of nearly 30-1 in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park. Under Michael McCarthy, Zonk completed the distance in 1:45.27 on a fast track. 7-5 favorite Caressing finished seventh.
Hunka Hunka Lori Z set the early fractions (:23.85 and :48.20) before 84-1 longshot Lady Andromeda put her head in front while running six furlongs in 1:13. 5-2 second choice Mystic Lady was then sent to the lead under Jerry Bailey before pulled to the lead in deep stretch.
Zonk finished a length clear of Mystic Lady and returned $61, $19.80, and $8.60. Mystic Lady completed the $360.60 exacta and paid $4.60 and $3.80. Lady Andromeda was worth $12.80 to show. The winning trifecta combination returned $11,534.80.
Poetically came home fourth, followed by Strike It Up, Two Item Limit, Caressing, Hunka Hunka Lori Z, Anclote, Emery Board, and Steiners Baby Girl.
Zonk (Farma Way--In Concert, by Riverman) is trained by John Servis for owner Fox Hill Farms, the same connections of Jostle, who will race in Sunday's 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap (gr. III). The Delaware Oaks marks the second stakes win for Zonk and her first in a graded stakes. Previous to the Oaks, she finished eighth in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) after winning the Revidere Stakes at Monmouth Park. As a juvenile, she finished second to Stormy Pick in the Sorority Stakes (gr. III). She earned $151,000 for the win, her fourth in eight career starts. Zonk was bred by Vinery and Dale Nelson.
Earlier on the card, Pin Oak Stable's homebred Broken Vow tracked pacesetter Jarf, then edged clear to a one-length win over that rival in the $97,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled -- Wedding Vow, by Nijinsky II, completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.07 under Ramon Dominguez.
"We were going pretty slow, I did not know we were going quite that slow for these kind of horses, but I had him very relaxed and did not want to change that," said Dominguez. "Around the half-mile we started getting a little pressure from an outside horse, so I let my horse go on and it worked out well."
The Graham Motion trainee, the 2-5 favorite in the four-horse field, earned $60,000 for his eighth win from 11 career starts. Earlier this year, Broken Vow won the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland and finished third in both the Gulfstream Park (gr. I) and Massachusetts (gr. II) Handicaps.
Broken Vow paid $2.80 and $2.10 for the win. Jarf completed the $7.80 exacta and paid $2.60 to place. There was no show wagering due to the short field.
Connected came home third, two lengths behind Jarf and 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Cat's At Home.
Also, Richard F. Otto's Amourette upset 21-10 favorite Aiglonne in the $154,500 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Stakes, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares. On firm turf, Amourette set deliberate fractions under Travis Dunkelberger before completing the distance in 2:17.20, one-length clear of the Christophe Clement-trained favorite. Trained by Gregg McCarron, Amourette (El Gran Senor--Chase the Dream, by Sir Ivor) returned $37, $15.20, and $9.60 and led an exacta worth $126. (Charts, Equibase