Team Tackles Tougher on Delaware Park Turf
by Tom LaMarra
Date Posted: 7/11/2012 4:32:28 PM
Last Updated: 7/14/2012 1:23:46 PM

Christophe Clement trains Team, who makes her stakes debut in the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes.
Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography

Lewis Schaffel, Jim Collins, and Joel Schwartz’ Team, winner of three of four starts this year, will make her stakes debut July 14 in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park.

The Dick Memorial is one of three stakes on the Saturday card highlighted by the $400,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II). The other is the $50,000 Oh Say Stakes.

Team, a 4-year-old Empire Maker filly bred in Kentucky by her owners, started twice last year with a second and third in maiden special weight company. She broke her maiden in her first start this year and since has won two allowance races on turf and dirt at Calder Race Course & Casino and Monmouth Park.

Christophe Clement trains Team, who hasn’t won beyond 1 1/16 miles but appears bred to go the 1 3/8 miles of the Dick Memorial. Joe Bravo, who rode the filly in her last win at Monmouth, has the call; all starters will carry 117 pounds.

Team is 9-2 on the morning line.

Haras Interlagos’ Bubbly Jane, third in last year’s Dick Memorial, is the 5-2 morning-line choice. The 7-year-old Brazilian-bred by Yagli  has raced once this year; she finished second in the Mohegan Sky Stakes at Belmont Park June 16.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, who had won seven of 14 starts locally through July 10, Bubbly Jane will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

Lael Stable’s Senada, second choice on the line at 7-2, finished third in the Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland in April in her last start for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. No rider was named on the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred Pulpit mare who has two wins, four seconds, and eight thirds in 20 starts.

Sheppard through July 10 had won with 13 of 37 starters at the Delaware Park meet.

$200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT), Race 9, 5:15 p.m. EDT, 3 & Up, F&M, 1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
PP., Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds
1. Dinner's Out (GB), A Castellano Jr., 117, A E Goldberg, 12-1
2. Team (KY), K J Desormeaux, 117, C Clement, 9-2
3. Starformer (KY), E S Prado, 117, W I Mott, 6-1
4. Sikara (IRE), J Rose, 117, H G Motion, 8-1
5. Sex Appeal (KY), J Rocco Jr., 117, C R McGaughey III, 8-1
6. Bubbly Jane (BRZ), J Castellano, 117, T A Pletcher, 5-2
7. Namaskara (KY), D Centeno, 117, H G Motion, 6-1
8. Senada (KY), no rider, 117, J E Sheppard, 7-2



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