Updated on 05/17/2013 10:46AM

Delaware Park: Our Mims attracts a crowd

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Doubled, winner of the $100,000 Sorority at Monmouth Park last year, is unproven going longer than six furlongs.

Delaware Park’s opening-day feature on Saturday, the one-mile Our Mims Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, drew 14 horses, so it was split into two $50,000 divisions of seven on a card of eight races for Thoroughbreds and one for Arabians. Entries for the nine races closed with 70 total horses.

Based on her form in races beyond six furlongs, My Sonata is the logical choice in the first division (race 6). Her task became easier when the connections of Petit Trianon, who is 3 for 3 this season, chose to run in Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

My Sonata closed out her eight-race 2-year-old campaign by winning back-to-back starts going two turns at Parx by a combined 6 1/4 lengths. She will be making her first start since December.

The field also includes Doubled, winner of the $100,000 Sorority at Monmouth Park last season but idle since October and unproven going beyond six furlongs.

In the second division (race 8), four of the seven fillies own a win or a close second at a mile or longer. No more than six will start, however, after owner-trainer Cathal Lynch elected to run his Parx-based filly Big Sky Country in Friday's Miss Preakness at Pimlico.

The most intriguing of the remaining fillies in the second division of the Our Mims is the New York-based Giant Cats Eye, who takes a substantial class drop off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Demoiselle. Although she finished ahead of only one filly in the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle last November, all three horses she faced that day returned to win next time out, highlighted by Unlimited Budget’s score in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds.

Also dangerous are Little Miss Fitz, second in her first try going two turns at Oaklawn; Off My Cloud, a winner last time she raced a dirt route in February; and Ile St. Molly, a stretchout sprinter who easily won a restricted stakes at Oaklawn.

Cheryl Bellucci More than 1 year ago
Good luck to all the fillies tomorrow! Safe trip! And a shout-out to all those affiliated with the place that bears Mims' name and takes care of retired Thoroughbred broodmares: http://www.OurMims.org
Jeanne Mirabito More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!! I am so glad to see a race named for the great Our Mims! As her final owner and best friend, I celebrate Mims everyday at a retirement sanctuary named in her honor. Our Mims Retirement Haven.