06/08/2016 4:36PM

Dark Nile runs down favored Browse in Our Mims


The Maryland-based filly Dark Nile remained perfect in three starts since she began racing around two turns by running down 9-5 favorite Browse in Wednesday’s $50,625 Our Mims Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park.

The Our Mims, at a mile and 70 yards, is a local prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Delaware Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on July 9.

Dark Nile ($16.20), ridden for the first time by Joe Bravo, was a close-up fourth, 2 1/2 lengths behind pacesetter Browse, through six furlongs in 1:13.01. Bravo urged Dark Nile to launch her rally from the outside during the stretch drive. She put a head in front of Browse at the eighth pole and prevailed by three-quarters of a length, completing the distance in 1:44.47 over a surface rated "good."

Browse, shipping in from New York for trainer Shug McGaughey following a nose victory in a first-level optional $80,000 claimer a month ago, was a clear second under Jose Ortiz. It was another 4 3/4 lengths back to 15-1 outsider Dreams to Reality. Miss Inclusive, coming off a win in the $101,000 Parx Oaks, was fourth, 2 3/4 lengths behind Dreams to Reality.

Martini Glass, the $16,000 claim who had won her first three career starts, finished seventh at 8-1. The Chad Brown-trained Clair de Lune was ninth at 3-1.

A daughter of Pioneerof the Nile trained by Arnaud Delacour for WinStar Farm, Dark Nile is now 3 for 4 lifetime with earnings of $63,980.

Delacour said Dark Nile is a possibility for the Delaware Oaks.

“If she comes back well, we will consider it,”  Delacour said.  “We have plenty of options with her since she is a Pennsylvania-bred, but the Delaware Oaks would be a nice place to come back because she likes the track.”