The 25th Owners’ Day at Delaware Park on Saturday, Sept. 30 was highlighted by six stakes – four were taken by Maryland-breds getting their first stakes wins.
The easiest of winners was Rickman Racing’s Winplaceorshowono, who scored by 4 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 New Castle, the 11th race on the card. The 3-year-old son of former Northview Stallion Station sire Dance With Ravens went off as the 1-2 favorite in the field of six off a record of two wins and two thirds in four starts, all at Delaware Park. Making his stakes debut, the Ronald Alfano trainee broke slowly in the 6-furlong test for Delaware-certified runners but reeled in the field as he rounded the turn and cruised home to stop the clock in 1:10.59. His third career win boosted his earnings to $122,400.
Winning rider Alex Cintron said after the race: “I have a lot of confidence in this horse to come from behind. He was very excited in the gate. He was back and forth in the gate and then he missed the break which put us in that position to come from behind. Everything worked out perfectly with the way he responded. I really love this horse. He can go to the front and win and he can come from behind as well.”
Bred and owned by Cynthia Rickman, daughter of the late Delaware Park owner William Rickman, Winplaceorshowono is the fifth foal out of unraced Love’sclevertrick, and second winner. Rickman purchased Love’sclevertrick as a yearling out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale for $35,000. The mare’s other winner, the Smarty Jones colt Clever and Smart, won his only start, a Delaware Park maiden special weight in 2015. The mare hasn’t had a foal since Winplaceorshowono, but was bred the past two years to Great Notion.
Three Maryland-breds were in the field of eight for the $75,000 Small Wonder Stakes for Delaware-certified 2-year-old fillies. And it was a Maryland-bred sweep, as Enchanted Star led at every call and held Pikachu Princess safe to win by 3 lengths. Buff’s in Love finished third. All three are by stallions who stand under the Northview banner – the winner is from the first crop of El Padrino, who stands at Northview PA; Maryland-based leading Mid-Atlantic second-crop sire Redeemed is the sire of Pikachu Princess; first-year sire Buffum, whose only starter in his first crop is Buff’s in Love, also stands in Maryland.
Trained by Gary Capuano for Oak Tree Stable, Enchanted Star shot out of the gate with Jomar Torres aboard, went the first quarter in :22.14 and the half-mile in :45.98 before completing 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.16 over a fast main track. The filly was bred by Phyllis Browne out of the Allen’s Prospect mare Flirtatious Heart, and was purchased by Capuano at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling for $5,000. She raised her career mark to two wins from three starts, for earnings of $78,903.
At the fall sale four years earlier, Capuano purchased the filly’s half-brother for $6,000. Trained and owned by Capuano, Prospector’s Heart (by Dance With Ravens) was a multiple allowance winner and went on to earn $125,313.
Flirtatious Heart, a three-quarter-sister to $467,686-earner and multiple stakes winner Smolderin Heart, is the dam of seven registered foals – all four of her starters are winners. A Maryland-bred full-brother to Enchanted Star has been entered in this week’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale.
The $75,000 First State Dash Stakes, the first 2-year-old stakes for Delaware-certified 2-year-olds on the card, saw Black Cloud Stable’s Whereshetoldmetogo post an upset victory.
The first starter, and first winner, for his sire El Padrino when he broke his maiden in his debut in June, Whereshetoldmetogo became the stallion’s first stakes winner with a dramatic stretch run in the First State Dash. Slipping through tight quarters along the rail in midstretch, he won by a half-length over Jamaican Don, a Maryland-bred son of Country Life Farm’s freshman sire Freedom Child who led every call until the last. Whereshetoldmetogo covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.83.
Trained by Anthony Pecoraro and ridden by Victor Lebron, Whereshetoldmetogo returned $20 as the fourth choice in the field of six.
Bred by David Wade, Whereshetoldmetogo is out of Undisputed Legend, a winning daughter of Domestic Dispute and half-sister to 2005 Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly Celestial Legend and stakes winner Amie’s Legend. Undisputed Legend has four foals of racing age, all winners. Whereshetoldmetogo, sold by Wade as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale for $7,000 to Black Cloud Racing, now has two wins from four starts for earnings of $72,000. His yearling Maryland-bred full-brother is offered by Wade on the second day at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale, to be held Oct. 2 and 3.
Laurel Park-based trainer Gary Capuano sent out his second consecutive stakes winner of the day when Daniel Crowley’s Hailey’s Flip cruised to an easy victory in the $100,000 Tax Free Shopping Distaff.
A 3-year-old daughter of Archarcharch bred by Spendthrift Farm, Hailey’s Flip notched a one and three-quarter-length score and returned $3.80 as the favorite in the field of eight while covering 6 furlongs in 1:10.62. It was her fifth win from 11 starts (with two seconds and a third) and boosted her earnings to $209,991.
With regular rider Jomar Torres aboard, Hailey’s Flip recorded her first stakes win after finishing second twice – in the Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park as a juvenile, and in the Miss Disco Stakes at Laurel behind Crabcakes in August, her start leading up to this win. She won an allowance at Delaware Park 12 days before the Miss Disco – in four starts at the Stanton oval, she has three wins and a second.
Hailey’s Flip is the second winner, and first stakes winner, for her stakes-winning dam Tamberino (by Freud), who was shipped to Maryland to foal at Country Life Farm before being bred back to Spendthrift-owned stallion Freedom Child, who stands at Country Life Farm.