Nicanor 6th as Ready Set Wins Stakes

Ready Set won for Lael Stable in the Eight Thirty Stakes at Delaware Park.

Lael Stable’s Ready Set scored an upset victory against Nicanor in the $50,700 Eight Thirty Stakes at Delaware Park Aug. 25 (VIDEO).

With Brian Joseph Hernandez aboard, Ready Set chased the early pacesetter Hugo, who set fractions of :45.47 for the half mile and 1:09.20 for the three-quarters, before defeating his foe in the final jumps. The 1 mile and 70 yards on a firm turf was run in a course record time of 1:38.93. 
Nicanor, a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, finished sixth of seven. The Ready Set/Nicanor entry returned $3.40.
Ready Set had been winless in his last 15 starts dating back to August 2008 when the Kentucky-bred trained by Ronny Werner notched a victory in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park. In his most recent outing, the 5-year-old son of Touch Gold ran third in a 7 1/2-furlong turf allowance at Delaware Park on July 28. His career record is five wins from 27 starts with earnings of $731,029.
“My horse ran great,” said Hernandez. “They went quick in front of us, but he settled in real nice. He ran big in his last race, his first race after a little layoff, and he stepped his game today. He was there for us the whole way.”