Updated on 07/05/2014 5:47PM

Aigue Marine strong at finish of Robert Dick Memorial

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Kendrick Carmouche guides favored Aigue Marine to a course record for 1 3/8 miles on turf in the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial.

STANTON, Del. - Jockey Kendrick Carmouche had to call an audible aboard Aigue Marine in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Robert Dick Memorial at Delaware Park but his decision paid off as the Christophe Clement-trained favorite finished fastest to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

"I was much farther back early than Mr. Clement wanted me to be," Carmouche said after the race. "But when we were going to the first turn I saw I couldn't be up there with the top three so I just tucked her in."

Aigue Marine saved ground for much of the race but room opened up outside of her nearing the stretch and Carmouche was able to swing the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare well out in the course. She was moving to the lead in midstretch, when Topic, who had taken the lead with a bold move outside horses nearing the stretch came outward under jockey Jose Caraballo, tightening things up for Starstruck, who was trying to move up between the winner and Topic. Starstruck clipped heels and almost went down. After a stewards' inquiry and an objection by the rider of Starstruck, Kerwin Clark, Topic was disqualified and placed ninth behind Starstruck.

Concise, who was never far back, was elevated from third to second by the disqualification. Always a Kitten was moved up from fourth to third.

When the gates opened for the 1 3/8-mile turf race, Parting Kiss went right to the lead from her inside post. She was tracked early by Starstruck along the inside and Tapit's World on the outside. The trio stayed in that position for about 1 1/4 miles, clicking off fractions of 25.05 seconds, 49.59, 1:14.10, 1:38.18, and 2:02.84 over the firm course. Starstruck held her position into the stretch after Tapit's World retreated and Parting Kiss began to weaken.

Aigue Marine, who galloped out strongly after the finish, got the final eighth of a mile of the Dick Memorial in less than 12 seconds while completing the distance in 2:14.71, a course record. The previous record was 2:15.62 set by King James in 1997.

 She paid $5.80 as the favorite in the field of 12. The win was the second in eight tries for Aigue Marine since being sent to the United States. She had been narrowly beaten n the Grade 3 Bewitch at Keeneland in April in her prior start.

I’m Steppin’ It Up takes Carl Hanford

I'm Steppin' It Up led throughout to win the $50,000 Carl Hanford.

I'm Steppin' It Up was tracked by favored Balance of Power throughout but was able to find enough resolve to hang on by a neck in the mile-and-70-yard main-track race. He was ridden by Jose Caraballo, who was disqualified in the day's prior race, the Dick Memorial.

It was 2 3/4 lengths back from Balance of Power to third-place Hard Aces, who finished a half-length in front of fourth-place finisher Vegas No Show.

I'm Steppin' It Up was timed in 23.37, 46.71, 1:10.76, 1:36.27, and 1:40.32. Trained by Anthony Peroraro, he paid $14.80 to win as the fourth choice in the six-horse field.

Coup de Grace comes from far back to take Oh Say

Coup de Grace rallied from far behind a fast pace to win the $50,250 Oh Say Stakes on the Delaware Oaks undercard.

Coup de Grace raced last in the seven-horse field of 3-year-olds as Favorite Tale set quick fractions of 21.87 and 44.80 seconds in the six-furlong Oh Say while being dogged by a determined Debt Ceiling. Coup de Grace began to reel in the leaders while racing along the inside in the stretch, was pulled outside the dueling pair with a sixteenth of a mile remaining, and was up to win by a neck in 1:09.24.

Favorite Tale may have lost the war but he won his battle with Debt Ceiling, turning that rival back by a half-length.

Coup de Grace, trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Kerwin Clark, paid $4.20 to win as the favorite.

It's a Bang, trained by Donald Barr, was pulled up in distress on the far turn but walked off the course under his own power.