Updated on 09/14/2013 6:10PM

Delaware: Galiana pulls shocking upset on Owners' Day program

Galiana, a 3-year-old New York-bred filly ridden by Abel Lezcano, upsets the Tax Free Distaff for female sprinters.

On the same program in early June at Delaware Park where Bryan’s Jewel won the John Rooney Memorial Stakes, the 3-year-old filly Galiana won her career debut while running for a $7,500 tag against maiden claimers.

On Saturday, Bryan’s Jewel was pounded to 1-5 favoritism in a field reduced to five fillies and mares by three scratches in the $75,000 Tax Free Distaff, one of six restricted stakes on a special 12-race Owners’ Day program. The New York-bred Galiana was among the four longshots.

Bettors who backed Bryan’s Jewel to win, place, or show in the short field were tearing up their tickets while Galiana’s few supporters were handsomely rewarded when she scored a surprise 1 1/4-length victory in the six-furlong stakes for Delaware-bred or Delaware-certified females.

Galiana, with Abel Lezcano in from New York to ride for trainer Rodolfo Romero and owner Triple R Stables, paid $20.40 to win after completing six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.88. Cabo Time finished second at 10-1, with 7-2 second choice A and Out beating out Bryan’s Jewel for third.

Among show bettors, $19,164 of the $20,929 in the pool was bet on Bryan’s Jewel, so when she failed to finish third, the payoffs were skewed. As a result, $2 show tickets paid $28,80 on Galiana, $23.40 on Cabo Time and $21 on  A and Out.

Galiana had won two straight sprints at Saratoga for New York-breds, and then was fifth of sixth in the Union Avenue in her most recent start on Aug. 19.

Bryan’s Jewel won the Grade 3 Obeah a week after taking the Rooney, but has now been the beaten favorite at less than even money in her last three starts.

Young horses taking steep drops in class following off-the-board finishes in graded stakes at Saratoga swept the two races for Delaware-bred and Delaware-certified 2-year-olds.

Debt Ceiling ($2.20), winner of the Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs in June, collected his third stakes victory in five lifetime starts by cruising to a five-length win in the $75,125 First State Dash. Ridden by Eric Camacho for trainer John Robb, Debt Ceiling ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.76. He was making his first start since finishing fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Sanford on July 24.

Presque Isle Downs shipper Hop the Six ($7) ran down pacesetter Jonesin for Jerry to prevail by a head in the $75,125 Small Wonder for 2-year-old fillies. With Presque Isle regular Huber Villa-Gomez aboard for trainer Ron Potts, Hop the Six completed 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.66.

* Managed Account ($6) earned his third victory in his last four starts by edging 11-1 outsider Warrioroftheroses by a head in the $80,150 Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Governor’s Day at a mile and 70 yards.

The  4-year-old Managed Account, trained by Jamie Ness for Midwest Thoroughbreds, has 3 wins and 2 seconds in 6 starts since he was claimed for $30,000 at Gulfstream Park in February. Overall, he is 6 for 18.

* Final Escrow ($6.80) collected her second straight victory by taking the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, by a half-length over 15-1 longshot War Prospector.

The 4-year-old Final Escrow, ridden by Abel Castellano Jr. for trainer Arnaud Delacour and Waterville Lake Stable, is now 4 for 12 lifetime.

* Diavoletto ($35.40), shipping in from his home base of Beulah Park after winning the Honey Jay for Ohio-breds at Thistledown, overtook 30-1 outsider Filled With Wonder to win the $75,000 New Castle at six furlongs by 1 1/4 lengths. The 4-year-old Diavoletto, ridden by Augustin Bracho for trainer Mike Rone and owner Tiffany Raimonde, has been part of the exacta in 10 of 12 career starts, including 6 wins.