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Saturday, July 16th – The Delaware Handicap Grade I
Delaware Park News & Notes
I’m a Chatterbox survives foul claim and wins Delaware Handicap
Wilmington, Del., July 16, 2016 — After posting an impressive victory in the 79th renewal of the $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap, Carolyn and Fletcher Gray’s I’m a Chatterbox survived a claim of foul before being declared the official winner
With Florent Geroux aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Munnings notched a 2 ¼-length triumph and returned $3.20 as the favorite in the field of six. Paid Up Subscriber, with Ricardo Santana Jr., finished second. It was another 4 ¼-lengths further back to Penwith, with Joel Rosario, in third. Mei Ling, with Jose Ortiz, cut early fractions of :47.72 for the half mile, 1:12.82 for the three-quarters mile and 1:37.47 for the mile before fading to fourth
I’m a Chatterbox covered the mile and a quarter over a fast main track in 2:02.64. Previously, the Kentucky-bred won the $100,000 Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 11. She has a career record of seven wins from 14 starts with earnings of $1,834,614. This was the second Delaware Handicap victory for her trainer J. Larry Jones, who won his first Delaware Handicap in 2005 with Island Sand.
At the start of the race, I’m a Chatterbox bobbled and then ducked in crowding rivals. The chain reaction caused Paid Up Subscriber to be bumped and temporarily knocked off stride. After the race, a claim foul was lodged by Ricardo Santana Jr, against the winner for interference. But the claim was not allowed by the stewards.
“Absolutely, you always worry when it comes down to a decision somebody has to make,” said winning trainer J. Larry Jones. “It did look like the one horse (Paid Up Subscriber) was trying to come out a little as well. It was not pretty a start. It reminded me of the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Bayern. But you had time to overcome it and we were down in and behind horses too. With as much as she won by, I think it was pretty decisive victory and she was much the best.”
Jones was pleased by her effort.
“That was really good and Florent (Geroux) put her right in the spot where she likes to be,” he said. “It was just like he had ridden her before (tongue in cheek). He got her out there and did good job.”
Jones is leaning toward sending I’m a Chatterbox to Saratoga for her next start.
“That is probably the game plan,” he said. “But this was our key race. Even before Keeneland, this was the one. This was the key race, so we are going to just enjoy this one for a little awhile and then we will worry about what is next.”
The trainer of Paid Up Subscriber, Albert Stall Jr., thought his filly should have been declared the winner.
“You know you just would like a clean shot all the way around there,” said trainer Albert Stall Jr. “Her rear end got knocked out from underneath her and it was clearly started by the number 4 horse (I’m a Chatterbox), but she did run a great race and Larry (Jones) had her ready to go.”
The executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, John Wayne released a statement on behalf of the stewards explaining the decision to not allow the claim of foul.
“They said the 4 horse came in, had bumps with the 3 and the 2, which in turn bumped the No. 1. After the bump, the No. 4 lost ground as much as anyone else and was 4 lengths behind the 1 after the bump. They thought that the bump and the fact that the 4 horse was 4 lengths behind the 1, it didn’t cost the 1 horse a placing. And the 1 horse never lost stride for the rest of the race.”
Delaware Park News & Notes
American Patriot takes Kent Stakes in record setting fashion
Wilmington, Del., July 16, 2016 — WinStar Farm’s American Patriot won the $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes in record setting fashion at Delaware Park today. With Jose Ortiz aboard, the 3-year-old son of War Front established a new track record for a mile and an eighth on the turf by running the distance in 1:47.19. The previous record was held by Optimizer who ran the distance in 1:47.27 in 2012.
He’ll Pay, with Florent Geroux, cut early fractions of :48.20 for a half mile and 1:12.00 for the three-quarters before finishing second a neck in front of Inspector Lynley, with Joel Rosario, in third.
American Patriot raised his career record to three wins from six starts with earnings of $212,012. He returned $5.40 as the favorite in the field of seven. The Kent Stakes was the first career stake victory for the Kentucky-bred trained by Todd Pletcher.
“I asked him to go at quarter pole, he gave me a great run for the quarter pole to the wire,” said winning rider Jose Ortiz. “I think he is a really nice and he will improve. You are going to hear more about this horse.”
Delaware Handicap News & Notes
Wilmington, Del., July 12, 2016 — Today, Richard E. Handlen, who trained for William DuPont Jr.’s Foxcatcher Farm for three decades, was inducted into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame, joining six other legendary conditioners.
“He was one of the greatest,” said Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice President at Delaware Park. “He won the first Delaware Handicap with Rosenna in 1937 and he is the only trainer to win the Santa Anita Handicap and Derby in the same year. In his career, he won nearly 40 stakes over three decades and conditioned three champions all for the same owner – Foxcatcher Farm.”
In total, Handlen won four stakes at Delaware Park. After his Del’Cap win in 1937, he won the 1953 Kent Stakes with Chevation andcampaigned the older filly and mare champion Parlo, who won the Delaware Oaks in 1954 and the Delaware Handicap in 1955.Other champion horses conditioned by Handlen include Rosemont, who upset Seabiscuit in the 1937 Santa Anita Handicap, Fairy Hill, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby in 1937, Dauber, who won the Preakness Stakes in 1938, Fairy Chant, the 3-year-old filly champion in 1940 and the older filly and mare champion in 1941, and Berlo, the 3-year-old filly champion in 1960.
Handlen joins Henry Clark, Virgil “Buddy” Raines, Carl Hanford, Frank Whitely, Jr., Oscar White and Grover “Buddy” Delp into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame.
2016 Handicap Tournaments – August 6th, September 10th, November 19th. Entry fee is $100 and the bankroll will remain $100. The betting format is $10 minimum per race (no maximum) restricted to Win, Place and Show on the contest tracks. Participants must wager on a minimum of 10 races (no maximum). Participant with the highest total after last race is the winner. Prize Structure based upon 80 entries will be 1st Place $3,800 – 2nd $1,900 – 3rd is $1,140 – 4th is $760.
Final Standings for Handicap Tournament June 18th
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Family Fun Day
Bring the kids and come join us for an action packed afternoon filled with exciting races and family fun on June 4th and August 13th. 12:30pm – 3:30pm in the Grove. The kids will receive an official membership card. RETURNING MEMBERS don’t forget to bring your membership card and check in. Features bouncy house and bouncy slide, pony rides, popcorn, cotton candy, sno kones, face painters, balloon twisters and lot more to entertain all family members. No drop-offs child must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Post Time is 1:15pm.
2016 Stakes Schedule
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Live Racing – 79th Season
May 21st through October 15th
81 days of live and premier races return to Stanton
The 79th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on Saturday, May 21st and concluding on Saturday, October 15th.
Live racing updates are as follows:
- During the first week, live racing will be held three days per week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
- Live racing will be added on Thursdays from June 2nd through September 22nd.
- Beginning on September 29th, Thursdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will revert back to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule through closing day, October 15th.
- During the season, the first post time is set for 1:15 p.m. daily.
Delaware Park’s premier races including the Delaware Oaks (Gr. III) and the Delaware Handicap (Gr. I), will be held on July 9th and July 16th, respectively.
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