06/18/2011 5:46PM

Delaware Park: She Be Classy takes off-the-turf Rooney

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She Be Classy, under Joe Rocco Jr., draws clear to win her first career stakes in the John Rooney Memorial.

She Be Classy and Thundering Emilia, the two most successful runners on dirt with a combined seven victories, capitalized when Saturday’s $75,000 John Rooney Memorial Stakes was transferred from turf to Delaware Park’s main track by running one-two in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

She Be Classy ($8.80), who won her turf debut last month after going 3 for 14 on dirt, came from fourth and blew past South American import Thundering Emilia in the stretch, drawing off by 3 1/2 lengths under Joe Rocco Jr. while completing the distance in 1:45.31.

Thundering Emila, breaking from the outside in a field reduced to seven by eight scratches, had spent most of the race dueling up front with Shirley She Can, a Nick Zito-trained filly making only her third start on dirt. Thundering Emilia, a Grade 3 winner in Peru, where she was 4 for 12 on dirt, led through six furlongs in 1:13.28 and a mile in 1:38.94 before weakening in the final furlong. She held second by 1 1/4 lengths over Millennia, making her first start since early December.

Trained by Graham Motion for owner Nancy Mazzoni, She Be Classy’s only previous stakes appearance produced a sixth-place finish in the Maryland Racing Media in February. She is now 5 for 20 overall.