A day after she had her way with an overmatched field in her fourth consecutive start at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter decided Songbird needs to take it to the other top fillies in her division.
The promising Pennsylvania-bred filly Dark Nile ran her record to three wins in four starts with a come-from-behind victory in the $50,000 Our Mims Stakes for 3-year-old fillies June 8 at Delaware Park.
The first stakes of the Delaware Park meet, the Our Mims for 3-year-old fillies, is worth $50,000 but attracted multiple graded-stakes competitors as the local prep for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 9.
Grade 1 winner Angela Renee, a full sister to To Honor and Serve, topped Fasig-Tipton's November sale on a $3 million bid from Don Alberto at a session that saw fewer million-dollar lots as median and buybacks rose.
The 6-year-old Street Sense mare Aubby K, in foal to Tapit, sold to Summer Wind Farm for $2.4 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 1.
As he prepares to return to Kentucky, review a selection of successful offspring by Empire Maker. View Slideshow
As he prepares to return to Kentucky, review a selection of successful offspring by Empire Maker.
George and Lori Hall's Calamity Kate, an entry-level allowance winner two starts back, took the advantage early and never looked back en route to a 50-1 upset in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 11.
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, winner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in her previous start, is set to run July 11 in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park.
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, winner of the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in her last start, is gearing up for her race at Delaware Park, the summer base for trainer Larry Jones.
The $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) is the highlight of the 2015 stakes schedule at Delaware Park this season, the biggest of five graded events on the calendar at the Wilmington track.
Delaware Park will offer 81 days of live racing this year from May 16 through Oct. 17. The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission approved the schedule Jan. 14.
Better Lucky, last by more than a dozen lengths after a half-mile, came flying down the stretch to catch Grace Hall at the finish to win the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes by a head at Saratoga Race Course July 21.
My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, will make her first start in 16 months in the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Monday, July 21.
Main Line Racing Stable's Joint Return and Swilcan Stables' Vero Amore are among the top contenders in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies drawn for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) at Delaware Park July 5.
Front-running Iotapa, bouncing back from disappointing effort at Churchill Downs, left the favorites behind with a superb effort in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) June 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Grace Hall, a good second in her initial start in 13 months for trainer Bill Mott, ships to Southern California to take on a well-matched field in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) June 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Favored Fiftyshadesofhay, winless in her last five starts, got back in the win column with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 11.
Grade I winner Grace Hall hasn't raced in 13 months but she makes her long-awaited return in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II), part of the Mother's Day stakes bill at Belmont Park May 11.
It's a long way from 3 1/2-furlong races for $1,500 claimers at Shenandoah Downs to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. But Jim Miller is on track to make that journey with his 3-year-old filly Aurelia's Belle.
Four of the five graded stakes on the 2014 Delaware Park stakes schedule will feature the ladies of Thoroughbred racing, highlighted by the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I).
The 2014 Delaware Park meet will begin May 17 and extend through Oct. 22, track officials said. The track will offer 81 racing programs.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder and grade I winner Joyful Victory head a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
After standing the 2013 breeding season in Japan, 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense will return to the United States in 2014, Darley announced Sept. 6.
by Anne Peters
Female lines that continue to produce top-class runners.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Amie's Dini||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Aubby K||Ralph E. Nicks||
|Grace Hall||William I. Mott||
|Morrow Cove||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Singlet||Anthony W. Dutrow||
|Via Villaggio||Michael J. Maker||
|Wicked Mizz||Anthony W. Dutrow||
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