08/03/2013 12:46PM

Delaware Park: Do It for Don faces tough trio in Hard Spun


Do It for Don, who has put together a four-race winning streak since late April, faces a challenge from a trio of horses dropping out of Grade 3 stakes company in Monday’s $50,000 Hard Spun Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Delaware Park.

Claimed from a maiden victory for $25,000 in February by trainer William Komlo on behalf of M and D Stable, Do It for Don failed when he tried to go a mile in his first start for his new connections. Since then, however, he is unbeaten in four sprints, winning by at least two lengths each time.

Most recently, Do It for Don shipped to Delaware and won the six-furlong Oh Say on June 29, earning a career-best 90 Beyer Speed Figure. A front-runner, Do It For Don will be racing 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track Monday.

Res Judicata, City of Weston, and Rockyshomerun all get class relief after finishing off the board against Grade 3 company in their last starts. Among that trio, Parx-based Res Judicata and Florida shipper City of Weston are both stakes winners.

Last fall, Res Judicata won the restricted Chris Elser Memorial at Parx going 6 1/2 furlongs. His best race in five outings this season came two starts ago when he won a second-level optional $25,000 claimer at Penn National. His trainer, John Servis, is 3 for 7 (43 percent) shipping into Delaware for non-graded stakes the past two years. Res Judicata is cross-entered in a third-level optional $40,000 claimer with a $53,000 purse Tuesday at Parx.

City of Weston won his stakes debut in the seven-furlong Sophomore at Tampa Bay Downs in early April and followed up by taking the six-furlong Big Drama at Calder. All but one of his previous 19 starts have been in Florida.

Rockyshomerun also comes north from Florida, where his best race in seven starts this season was a win in a second-level allowance at Calder in May. He nosed out City of Weston for second in the Unbridled at Calder, but was 3 1/4 lengths behind that rival when both were badly beaten last time out in the Grade 3 Carry Back.

The field also includes Smash and Grab, who steps up in class following a 7 3/4-length win that was worth a 96 Beyer in a $30,000 claiming race locally on July 20, and Wynns Nighthawk, the runner-up to Do It for Don while making just his second lifetime start in the Oh Say.