09/26/2008 11:00PM

'Boatbaby' pays $2.20


Hungarian Boatbaby looked the best on paper and she proved it with a front-running win in the $75,000 Delaware Certified Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares at Delaware Park. The Distaff was one of four stakes on the card for horses who had spent at least 90 days at a Delaware farm or training center before March 31 of their 2-year-old year.

Coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Endine Handicap on Sept. 6 at Delaware Park, Hungarian Boatbaby sprinted clear early and opened up at the top of the stretch on her way to a 4 3/4-length victory over Sweet N Sultry, who was a half-length in front of So So Divine. Hungarian Boatbaby covered the six furlongs over a good track in 1:12.53.

Hungarian Boatbaby, a 4-year-old trained by Tony Dutrow and ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., paid $2.20. The win raised Hungarian Boatbaby's career record to 7 wins in 12 starts, including 4 wins in 6 starts this year.

* La Danseur ($8) made her career debut a winning one for owner, breeder, and trainer Tim Ritchey, rallying from last to first to capture the five-furlong $76,200 Small Wonder Stakes over a good turf course. La Danseur, a 2-year-old filly by Northern Afleet out of Urban Dancer, broke last of nine under jockey James Lopez but rallied in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Impadoodle.

* Afleet Aussie ($6.80) gave Lopez and Ritchey their second stakes wins of the day in the five-furlong $75,900 First State Dash for 2-year-olds on turf. The son of Northern Afleet edged clear of Wilponi late to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Officer Ipod, the 3-5 favorite, contested the early lead, but faded to fifth.

* Cayman Condo ($12.80), trained by Scott Lake and ridden by Rosemary Homeister, wore down favorite Secret Intelligence in the stretch on his way to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Delaware Certified for 3-year-olds and up.