06/02/2011 2:20PM

Delaware Park: Daring Reality will be lower price in Go For Wand


Daring Reality was by far the longest shot on the board at 23-1 when she rallied to win the one-mile Wanda overnight stakes at Belmont Park in early May. She won’t be anywhere near that price, and might even go favored, against just four rivals in Saturday’s $75,000 Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware Park.

The Go for Wand, scheduled for a mile and 70 yards on the main track, is the local prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Delaware Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race, on July 9.

Daring Reality, based at Parx with trainer Cathal Lynch, ran the only poor race of her eight-race career in April, when she was ninth while trying turf for the first time. She had previously finished second, despite stumbling at the start, in a field of 11 3-year-old fillies in the mile and 70-yard Busher at Aqueduct. Among the fillies she finished ahead of that day was Dance Quietly, part of an entry favored at even money in last month’s Wanda.

“We could not believe she paid $48.60,” Lynch said.

“The filly she beat, we beat before,” Lynch said, referring to Dance Quietly, who was 1 1/4 lengths behind Daring Reality as the Wanda runner-up. “We were a bit shocked with the price, but we were delighted to take it.”

The 84 Beyer Speed Figure that Daring Reality earned was the by far the best of her career. Assuming she takes to Delaware’s main track, Lynch anticipates Daring Reality will return for next month’s Oaks.

“Absolutely, if she runs well in the Go For Wand, she will back for the Delaware Oaks,” Lynch said. “We just want to make sure she will like the track.”

Dixie City, a Grade 2 winner who was a lackluster fifth as the stronger part of the favored entry in the Wanda, will try Daring Reality again Saturday. She will get the benefit of carrying six pounds less than 122-pound highweight Daring Reality, a 10-pound weight shift in her favor from their meeting in New York.

Dixie City, part of an uncoupled entry for trainer Tony Dutrow, won the Grade 2 Demoiselle in her final start as a 2-year-old, but is 0 for 3 so far this season.

Dixie City’s stablemate, All for Thee, and another Parx shipper, Oh So Bella, both step up to stakes company for the first time after daylight victories in first-level allowances.

The top three finishers in the Go For Wand earn a free nomination to the Delaware Oaks.