07/11/2012 2:41PM

Delaware Park: Grace Hall tops Tony Dutrow-trained trio in Delaware Oaks

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Barbara D. Livingston
Grace Hall is part of a favored Tony Dutrow-trained entry in Saturday’s Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.

Two-time graded stakes winner Grace Hall heads a powerful three-horse entry for trainer Tony Dutrow in Saturday’s Grade 2 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park.

The $400,000 Oaks highlights a card that includes the Grade 3, $200,000 Robert Dick Memorial for fillies and mares on turf and the $50,000 Oh Say for 3-year-olds. Entries for all three stakes on Saturday’s program were drawn Wednesday afternoon.

Grace Hall, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, is the star attraction among seven 3-year-old fillies in the Oaks. She romped in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, missed by a neck in the Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park, and most recently finished third as the 5-2 favorite in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

Grace Hall will be coupled with Singlet, a two-time stakes winner sprinting who will be racing beyond a mile and around two turns for the first time. The entry was made the 7-5 favorite.

Grace Hall’s uncoupled stablemate, the lightly raced Wicked Mizz, earned a shot at the Oaks by winning the local prep, the Go for Wand, by 2 1/4 lengths last month.

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2010 Delaware Oaks and last year’s Delaware Handicap with Blind Luck, will bring in Via Villaggio from California. Listed as the 5-2 second choice for the Delaware Oaks, she won the Grade 3 Railbird and finished third in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks.

Amie’s Dini ran well in three starts early this season at Oaklawn Park, finishing second in the Grade 3 Honeybee and Grade 2 Fantasy. She has been freshened since finishing a distant eighth in the Kentucky Oaks on May 4.

Aubby K comes out of a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Acorn in New York. The filly who finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of her, Zo Impressive, returned to win the Grade 1 Mother Goose.

Morrow Cove will be stepping up sharply in class following a 10 3/4-length win in a nonwinners-of-two allowance.