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.
Aubby K, winner of the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) and the Inside Information Stakes (gr. II), was retired from racing this week with a fractured sesamoid in her foreleg sustained after a workout at Saratoga July 29.
Trainer Ron Ellis is taking a patient approach with Include Me Out as the 5-year-old mare prepares to defend her title in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
Tim Ritchey and Beverly Frazier's Dancing Afleet upset the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) at Delaware Park on July 13, winning her third straight race while getting her first graded stakes victory at odds of 9-1.
Tell a Great Story could move from stakes winner to graded victress with a win in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) at Delaware Park. But Ile St. Molly is one of eight who stand in her way.
Bret Calhoun-trained filly Cozze Up Lady notched her first stakes victory when coming from off the pace to win the June 29 Chicago Handicap (gr. III) by three-quarters of a length at Arlington Park.
While Aubby K improved to 2-for-2 as a 4-year-old by securing the first grade I win of her career in her previous start, nine other fillies and mares will test her in the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) June 29 at Arlington.
James Spence's homebred Aubby K won her second graded contest in a row, splashing to victory in the grade I Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard at Churchill Downs May 4.
Rumor, victorious in the Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 10, has been installed the 5-2 favorite in a field of nine fillies and mares entered in the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 4.
Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby hadn't raced since May 28 of last year. She came back with a vengeance April 12, holding off Tiz Miz Sue to win the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn by half a length.
Grade I winner Grace Hall, seeking her first win of the 2013 campaign, will face six opponents in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 12 at Oaklawn Park as the 118-pound top weight.
|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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