The Lavington Stud’s Rosinka, winner of five of her last six starts, looms a tough-to-defeat probable favorite in the July 12 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park.
The $300,000 Dick Memorial, for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 miles on the turf, is one of three stakes on the Saturday program. The feature is the $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies.
Rosinka, trained by Graham Motion, won the John Rooney Memorial Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the grass at Delaware June 7 in her 2008 debut. Last year, Rosinka, an Irish-bred 5-year-old mare by Soviet Star out of the Last Tycoon mare Last Drama, won four of seven starts, including the Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga, and finished a close second in the Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
In Flower Bowl, Rosinka fell three-quarters of a length shy of Lahudood, who came back to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.
Bee Charmer Inc.’s Herboriste, trained by Michael Matz, has the most graded stakes experience in the Dick Memorial. In her most recent start May 24 at Belmont, Herboriste, a 5-year-old mare by Hernando, finished second behind Mauralakana in the Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT); Mauralakana was a next-out winner of the New York Stakes (gr. IIT), also at Belmont.
An intriguing entrant is Oh Glory Be, who is owned and trained by Fred Seitz. The 5-year-old Dixieland Bandmare last raced in England in 2007, and has been prepping at Keeneland on Polytrack for her first engagement of 2008.
Oh Glory Be has had success in non-group handicaps in England but has consistently raced from 1 1/4 miles to 1 3/4 miles on the grass.
Nine were entered in the Dick Memorial, but two mares—All Smiles and Private Whisper—are listed as main-track-only. That would leave a field of seven on the turf.
The Dick Memorial, with post time set for 3:05 p.m. EDT, is race six on a 10-race card. Here’s the field, with jockeys and weights:
1. Rosinka (Cornelio Velasquez), 119 pounds
2. All Smiles (no rider named), 117
3. Herboriste (Anna Napravnik), 117
4. Palmilla (Rosemary Homeister Jr.), 117
5. Private Whisper (Napravnik), 117
6. Oh Glory Be (no rider named), 117
7. Eres Magica (Jose Caraballo), 117
8. Royalties (Joe Rocco Jr.), 117
9. Leap in the Sun (Eddie Castro), 117
All Smiles and Private Whisper are listed for the main track only.