06/15/2013 5:11PM

Delaware: Bryan's Jewel turns Obeah into second stakes victory in eight days

Bryan's Jewel, on the inside with Alex Cintron aboard, outlasts And Why, ridden by Joshua Navarro, to win the first graded stakes of her career in the Grade 3 Obeah.

Bryan’s Jewel had to work harder than her 1-5 odds dictated, but she still got the job done Saturday, winning her second stakes at Delaware Park on back-to-back weekends.

A week after scoring by 3 3/4 lengths in the off-the-turf John Rooney Memorial, the 5-year-old Bryan’s Jewel ($2.60) outfought 10-1 outsider And Why Not to win the Grade 3, $109,125 Obeah Stakes for fillies and mares.

The 1 1/8-mile Obeah was the last local prep for the top race of the meet, the Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 20. Trainer Mac Robertson must now decide whether he wants to point Bryan’s Jewel, who runs well on both dirt and turf, to the 1 1/4-mile Del Cap or the Grade 3, $200,000 Robert Dick Memorial at 1 3/8 miles on turf on July 13.

Robertson's post-race comments cast doubt as to whether the Delaware Handicap would be the best next-race option for Bryan's Jewel.

"We will see how she comes back,” Robertson said. "She has made $200,000 for the year and she has a graded stakes win now. Obviously, we are here at Delaware Park, we like Delaware Park, and we want to run in the Delaware Handicap, especially because it is a Grade I, but she would have to be awful right to run in the race.”

Robertson was relieved his decision to bring back Bryan's Jewel so quickly was justified.

“You know when you run back in a week you risk being wrong and you risk losing your owners if you are wrong," Robertson said. "But the group of owners I have got, fortunately, they put up with being wrong. So that really helps when you do a take a chance knowing that you have the support of your owners. But this one turned out to be a great idea.”

Bryan’s Jewel, now 4 for 9 on Delaware’s main track, was shuffled back to last in the field of six in the Obeah as Star’s Tizzy Fit set a tepid half-mile fraction of 49.48 seconds. The New York-based Ciguaraya made the first move to go past the pacesetter, sticking her head in front after six furlongs in 1:13.72. The race turned wide open in early stretch with And Why Not, winless in her last 11 starts, going four wide under  Joshua Navarro to take a short lead. Alex Cintron found room between horses in the two-path and Bryan’s Jewel surged inside the sixteenth pole to prevail by a neck. The winning time was 1:51.21.

And Why Not was 4 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Fire Assay.

Bryan’s Jewel, a daughter of Rockport Harbor owned by Barry and Joni Butznow, is now 8 for 23 lifetime with earnings of $421,978.

Go for Wand: Tell a Great Story noses out Ile St. Molly

Tell a Great Story, racing outside Maryland for the first time and making her stakes debut, thrust herself into the picture for next month’s Delaware Oaks when she won a head bob with Ile St. Molly in the $75,125 Go for Wand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The mile-and-70 yards Go for Wand served as the local prep for the Grade 2, $300,000 Delaware Oaks on July 13.

Tell a Great Story ($15.80), ridden by Forest Boyce, raced head to head with Ile St. Molly throughout the final furlong, hitting the wire a nose in front after completing the distance in 1:40.80. It was another 11 1/2 lengths back to Alli Leigh in third. What You Know, a five-length maiden winner in her career debut at Pimlico, was pulled up after six furlongs and vanned off as the 9-5 favorite in a field reduced to six by three scratches.

Missy Rules set things up for a stalker after going the first six furlongs in 1:11.24. Ile St. Molly, winner of the faster division of the Our Mims on opening day, moved to the lead on the far turn and was clear by a half-length with a furlong remaining before she was engaged by Tell a Great Story.

The Maryland-bred Tell a Great Story, trained by Ignacio Correas for Sagamore Farm, is now 3 for 5 lifetime. She earned her stakes shot by clearing her first allowance condition on May 12 at Pimlico.