05/12/2012 11:16AM

Delaware Park: Mac Robertson racing on three fronts this summer

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Win Willy, winner of the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in 2011, is among the horses Mac Robertson has brought to Delaware Park this season.

Mac Robertson intends to employ his version of divide and conquer this summer throughout the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Robertson, 38, will spread his string of horses among Canterbury Park, Arlington Park, and Delaware Park, where he finished third in the 2011 trainer standings with 31 wins from 142 starters.

“This year, I sent a few more horses to Canterbury and a few more to Arlington,” said Robertson, who estimated he will have 45 horses on the grounds for the start of Delaware’s 100-day meet. “Delaware has a pretty long meet, so that could change depending on how things work out. We still expect to win our fair share of the races at Delaware, but right now, at the beginning of the meet, I sent a few less to Delaware.”

Among those Robertson has ready to run is the 4-year-old colt Ismael Grande, who is part of a six-horse field for Monday’s featured eighth race, a third-level optional $65,000 claimer for older horses going six furlongs.

Ismael Grande, 0 for 4 with a pair of seconds at Delaware last season, is one of three horses entered for the $65,000 tag, along with High On Candy, a last-out winner for trainer Scott Lake, and Guam Typhoon, who returns from a nearly two-month break after winning three in a row at Tampa Bay Downs.

Among the horses Robertson has high hopes for at Delaware are the 4-year-old filly Bryan’s Jewel and the 6-year-old multiple stakes winner Win Willy.

“I think Bryan’s Jewel really likes Delaware Park,” Robertson said. “This year, we went to Oaklawn, and she did not run well. Last year, we went to Oaklawn, and she did not run any good. It just seems like she really thrives at Delaware Park, and I hope to run her in stakes at Delaware.”

In 8 starts at Delaware, Bryan’s Jewel has 3 wins, a second, and 3 thirds. Most recently, she was fifth in the $75,000 Pippin at Oaklawn in January.

Win Willy, 7 for 20 lifetime with earnings of $827,127, won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap during a limited 2011 campaign. He was off the board in the Grade 3 Razorback and Grade 2 Oaklawn Cap so far this season.

“He is rounding into form after having about a year off,” Robertson said. “He ran better in the Oaklawn Handicap, which was a paceless race. He always trains well at Delaware, and I am hoping to get to run him in something there or something in the region. Good old horses like him can run with anybody when they are right.”