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Updated on 05/04/2013 7:27PM
Churchill Downs Stakes: Delaunay romps in slop
By Marty McGee
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Delaunay absolutely dominated his competition Saturday in the 79th running of the Grade 2, $443,600 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard.
With Rosie Napravnik aboard, Delaunay got a perfect stalking trip, tracking Trinniberg past the half-mile pole before gliding past with ease, winning by four lengths for his seventh win in eight starts since being claimed by Tom Amoss on behalf of owner Maggi Moss.
Delaunay, a 6-year-old gelding, returned $5.80 as favorite in a field of nine older horses. He finished in 1:22.35 over a sloppy track.
Pass the Dice finished second, another three lengths before Laurie’s Rocket. Trinniberg, the 2012 sprint champion, faded badly to be seventh.
“It worked out just how we hoped it would,” said Amoss. “The outside post was a help, but this horse is just so good, maybe it wouldn’t have mattered.”
Delaunay, a Maryland-bred by Smoke Glacken, earned $264,031 and remained unbeaten over the Churchill main track, where he now has won four times. Overall, he has won 14 of 39 starts for earnings of just over $800,000.
The $2 exacta (9-6) paid $50.20, the $1 trifecta (9-6-3) returned $200.50, and the $1 superfecta (9-6-3-4) was worth $1,700.40.
Interesting comments by Tom Amoss on this horse's improvement. He said he was so popular at the claim box that he was always changing barns. Thought that being in one barn and staying there was the key to success. Makes sense. I've often wondered what the horses must think when they leave their stall for a race and are led back to a strange stall in a strange barn. Must be upsetting for them.
Like father like son - ton of natural speed, and loaded with desire to win, a lethal combination. Now the dominant Sprinter on East Coast. Congratulations to trainer for his development of his former Claimer into a Win machine.
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