09/30/2017 8:02PM

Afleet Willy sets track record in Governor's Day Handicap score


Afleet Willy kicked off the stakes portion of Delaware Park’s card on Saturday with the race of the day, blasting to a track-record-setting blowout in the $75,125 Governor’s Day Handicap.

Pushed through blazing fractions of 23.15, 45.96, and 1:09.71, Afleet Willy just kept on rolling. He crossed the finish 5 3/4 lengths in front of runner-up Twocubanbrothersu while stopping the timer in 1:38.58 for one mile 70 yards on a fast dirt track. That time shattered the track record 1:39.20 set by Distinct Vision on Aug. 25, 2003.

The Governor’s Day was restricted to horses that had started in a non-stakes race at some point during Delaware’s 2017 race meet.

Afleet Willy, ridden by Jomar Torres for trainer Claudio Gonzalez and owner BB Horses, paid $4.40 as the favorite. Twocubanbrothersu was 4 1/2 lengths clear of third-place Fellowship. All Out of Aces, Dr Blarney, and Warrioroftheroses were scratched.

Afleet Willy is a 4-year-old gelding by Wilburn out of Afleet Frio, by Afleet Alex. He was bred in Kentucky by Bryant Prentice III and won for the ninth time in 23 starts.

Chalk rules Tax Free Shopping Distaff, New Castle

Odds-on favorites dominated the two Saturday stakes at Delaware for 3-year-old Delaware-bred or -certified horses. Hailey’s Flip won the $100,375 Tax Free Shopping Distaff at odds of 4-5, while Winplaceorshowono was much the best at odds of 1-2 in the $100,175 New Castle.

Winplaceorshowono was ridden patiently by Alex Cintron, stalking the pace while in the clear, and when Cintron asked for run at the top of the stretch, Winplaceorshowono quickly put the New Castle to bed. He cruised home 4 1/2 lengths the best while clocking 1:10.59 for six furlongs, paying $3 as the overwhelming favorite. Obvious One was second, Final Prospect third, and Dixie’s Last Laugh was scratched.

Winplaceorshowono is trained by Ronald Alfano for Rickman Racing LLC and was bred in Maryland by Cynthia Rickman. The son of Dance With Ravens and the Clever Trick mare Love’sclevertrick raced outside maiden or allowance competition for the first time and won his third race from five starts.

Hailey’s Flip ($3.80) went off at odds of 4-5 and did not disappoint her many backers, with Jomar Torres working out a solid trip from his rail-drawn mount. Torres maneuvered to the three path while pressing the pace, took the lead with more than three furlongs to go, and Hailey’s Flip continued resolutely to the finish, winning by 1 3/4 lengths over Fillupcohensapiker. Moon Virginia finished a distant third as the winner stopped the timer in 1:10.62 for six furlongs on a fast main track.

Gary Capuano trains Hailey’s Flip, a 4-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Archarcharch and Tamerbino, by Freud, for owner Daniel Crowley. The 3-year-old filly won for the fifth time in 11 starts.

Upset in First State Dash, but as expected in Small Wonder

Whereshetoldmetogo was up late over Jamaican Don to win the $75,125 First State Dash Stakes for Delaware-bred or certified 2-year-olds by a half-length.

Prince Lucky, the 3-10 Larry Jones-trained favorite, pressed Jamaican Don’s pace but came up empty late, finishing third, two lengths behind Jamaican Don.

Whereshetoldmetogo, trained by Anthony Pecoraro for Black Cloud Stable LLC, was racing on Lasix for the first time while turning back to a sprint after finishing a distant sixth last out in the one-mile Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park. Jockey Victor Lebron found a spot along the rail for Whereshetoldmetogo’s stretch run, and Whereshetoldmetogo went willingly through for his second win of the Delaware meeting.

Whereshetoldmetogo, who debuted in a $40,000 maiden-claiming sprint and rallied to win at five furlongs, paid $20 and ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.83. Whereshetoldmetogo is by El Padrino and out of the Domestic Dispute mare Undisputed Legend.

In the $75,375 Small Wonder Stakes for Delaware-bred or certified 2-year-old fillies, Enchanting Star made an early lead from post 1 and never relinquished it, posting a three-length victory over Pikachu Princess. Enchanting Star was one of three stakes winners on the card for jockey Jomar Torres and one of two for trainer Gary Capuano and the sire El Padrino. She ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.16 and paid $4.20 to win. Enchanting Star, a Maryland-bred, was produced by the Allen’s Prospect mare Flirtatious Heart.

◗ Laur Net found a small seam along the fence under Scott Spieth and skimmed the rail to a 1 ¼- length victory over favored Boreale in the $75,500 George Rosenberger Memorial Stakes. Laur Net, a 6-year-old Illinois-bred mare, is trained by Aldana Gonzalez for Loooch Racing. She paid $15.40 to win and ran 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:42.30.