Delaware Handicap victory
Wilmington, Del., July 10, 2021 — Cammarota Racing’s Miss Marissa posted a gate-to-wire victory in the $400,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park today.
With the third leading jockey at Delaware Park Daniel Centeno aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of He’s Had Enough posted a 1 1/4-length triumph and returned $11.40 as the second-choice in the field of six. Gibberish, with Trevor McCarthy, finished second a half-length in front of Queen Nekia, with Sheldon Russell, in third. The 1-2 favorite, Bonny South with Florent Geroux, ran fifth.
Miss Marissa cut early fractions of :50.10 for the half mile and 1:14.62 for the three-quarter mile before completing the mile and a quarter in 2:04.50.
In her only two other starts this season, the Kentucky-bred trained by James Ryerson finished second in the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct on April 16 and second in the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 9.
She raised her career record to five wins from 16 starts with earnings of $604,690.
Winning rider Daniel Centeno felt real good about her chances shortly after the start of the race.
“I talked to Jimmy (Ryerson) before the race and the plan is like we always do which is to try and break well and stay close to the lead,” said winning rider Daniel Centeno. “I knew there was not much speed today, but she broke really really sharp today. After we went to the lead, she started galloping right away. She did it herself, she fired and she just put them away.”
Winning trainer James Ryerson was confident the mile and a quarter would fit the running style of Miss Marissa.
“She cruises at a relatively high speed and she does have the ability to relax, which is what she needed to do today,” said winning trainer James Ryerson. “That is the reason why we came. We figured she had won a couple of races at mile and an eighth and not many had done that. Who has a better chance of winning a mile and quarter race than a horse that has won a couple going a mile and an eighth? We will probably run her in the big race at Saratoga (Personal Ensign). We have stalls there and she has run well there. It will be a monster race, but now that we have won this race, we need to try it against the bigger fish on our home track.”
The favorite, Bonny South never ran her race.
“She did not like the deep track today,” said jockey Florent Geroux. “Going down the backstretch she was not travelling great and that is when I knew we were in trouble.”
Dalika crusies to victory in Robert G. Dick Memorial
Wilmington, Del., July 10, 2021 — Bal Mar Equine’s Dalika cruised to victory in the $150,500 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park today.
With Miguel Mena aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Pastorius posted a length triumph and returned $10.60 as the fourth choice in the field of nine. The 7-to-2 favorite, Luck Money with Mychel Sanchez, finished second. It was another ¾-lengths farther back to Temple City Terror, with Florent Geroux in third. Dalika battled with Candy Flower, with Sheldon Russell, through early fractions of :48.61 for the half mile and 1:13.18 for the three-quarters mile before covering the mile and three-eighths over a soft turf course in 2:16.35.
The German-bred conditioned by Albert Stall Jr, raised her career record to seven wins from 22 starts with earnings of $508,463.
Winning jockey Miguel Mena knows her well and he let her do her own thing.
“She is a very nice mare and I would like to thank her connections for the opportunity to ride her,” said winning rider Miguel Mena. “She broke real good, but she has a little bit of a strong head, so we kind of let her just do her thing. She likes to run free and I have learned not to fight her too much. It was a nice smooth trip and I waited to ask her as long as I could. At the quarter-pole she had enough, I asked her and she opened up. She was much the best.”
Delaware Park racing analyst Rich Glazier dies at 73
Wilmington, Del., June 25, 2021— Rich Glazier, the former paddock and television replay show host at Delaware Park, passed away Tuesday at his home in Wilmington, Delaware. He was 73.
The Delaware native started his career at the Stanton-oval as the host of the local replay show on cable in 1987. He also developed and hosted the “Delaware Racing Scene Show” highlighting the best of Delaware Park racing and the sport on the national level. In his more than three decades at Delaware Park, Glazier held numerous positions including paddock handicapper and analyst where he became popular with his insightful and fun interviews with almost every popular personality in Mid-Atlantic racing.
As a lifelong fan of Delaware Park, he took tremendous pride in only missing one Delaware Handicap which was in 1968 while he was serving one of his two tours during his 18 months of service as a veteran in the intelligence division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
“He was more than I could have ever hoped for when we brought him on board in 1987,” said Executive Director of Racing, John Mooney. “When he first approached me with the idea of working at Delaware Park and hosting a cable show highlighting racing, I was not sure. He was married with two young children and he wanted to give up his job as an accountant to work at a track that at the time was struggling. But he made it work and he did an incredible and professional job. He gained the respect of everyone and made friends throughout the industry. He was as great a representative for Delaware Park as there could be and he will be greatly missed.”
Glazier is survived by his wife of 49 years, Amy; sons David and Michael; daughters-in-law Katie and Julie; grandchildren Sydney, Zachary, Jacob, Samuel, and Nora; brother Brad; sister-in-law Michelle; and niece Jenna.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, the Siegel JCC Senior Center, or charity of choice.
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