The Delaware Oaks, at 1 1/6 miles on the main track, is race nine on a 10-race card that includes five stakes, one for Arabians. Post time for the Oaks is set for 4:51 p.m. EDT.
Main Line Racing Stable’s Joint Return, trained by John Servis and to be ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, won the one-mile Our Mims Stakes, a local prep for the Delaware Oaks, June 4. Earlier this year, the Include filly won the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Calder Oaks at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Joint Return is a confirmed closer in a race with several stretch-out types that figure to show early speed. She is the 120-pound highweight; the other seven fillies will carry 116 pounds.
“I will always try to take advantage of getting a race over the track,” Servis told Delaware Park officials. “The Our Mims worked out pretty good for us. If I didn’t use the race, and it was a little quick back, I would be sitting on six weeks between races, and the Oaks would be her first time over the track, so the Our Mims helped us in a lot of ways. It got a race into her before the Oaks, and she got a race over the track.”
In the May 16 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, Joint Return finished fourth when Carmouche lost an iron early in the race. Vero Amore finished second in the Black-Eyed Susan, only a neck behind Stopchargingmaria at 15-1 for trainer Robert Reid Jr.
Vero Amore pushed the early pace with success in the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan and should secure good position in the Delaware Oaks. The Mineshaft filly is seeking her first stakes victory.