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Delaware: Missy Rules, Ile St. Molly candidates for Go for Wand
By Joe DeVivo
Missy Rules and Ile St. Molly, who both stretched out from sprints to win divisions of the one-mile Our Mims Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Delaware Park, will be nominated to the $75,000 Go for Wand Stakes on June 15.
The mile-and-70-yard Go for Wand is the local prep for the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on July 13.
Making her first start beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, Missy Rules posted a 3 1/2-length triumph in the first division. Her time of 1:38.88 for the two-turn mile translated into a 65 Beyer Speed Figure. She is now 3 for 4 at Delaware.
“There were not really any races coming up for her, and we were not sure if she could get a mile, but about a month before the race we decided to see if we could get her stretched out and relaxed,” said trainer Randy Nunley. “So we had been shooting for the Our Mims for the last month. Her last breeze, before the race, was well enough that we decided to give it a shot. We were not sure about her stretching out, but she made the lead and relaxed a little bit and that made all the difference.”
Nunley said Missy Rules must really impress him to run in the Go for Wand.
“We will obviously consider that race, but it might be a little of a stretch,” Nunley said. “A mile-and-70 will be tougher for her and the competition will be tougher, so she will have to train really well between and now and then to make us lean in that direction.”
Ile St. Molly, racing beyond seven furlongs for the first time, posted a three-quarter-length victory in the second division of the Our Mims. She ran nearly two seconds faster than Missy Rules, completing a mile in 1:37.19, and got an 82 Beyer.
“She is a filly that is really starting to mature right now,” said Kenny Smith, who trains Ile St. Molly for owner James Glover. “I have not really decided where her next spot will be. I have to talk Mr. Glover, so we can come up with a decision. But we are definitely going to nominate her for the Go for Wand, and it will be one of our options. She does nothing but put in good races after good races, so I am real proud of her.”
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