05/01/2011 7:48PM

Delaware Park: Top trainer Juan Vazquez starts out 2011 with a bang

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Dade Babe, who won the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington Park on Labor Day 2010, is now in the barn of Delaware trainer Juan Vazquez.

Juan Vazquez wasn’t kidding when he told people he was gearing up his stable for the start of Delaware Park’s season.

Vazquez, 36, who won his first training title at last year’s Delaware meet when he sent out 89 winners for earnings of $1.3 million, got off the 2011 meet with a bang by saddling three winners last Saturday.

The highlight was the 2 3/4- length score by the 7-year-old Marvel Wood, who won for the seventh time in 10 starts since Vazquez claimed him for $5,000 last June, this time taking a $7,500 starter allowance. Marvel Wood, now 14 for 35 lifetime, earned an 88 Beyer Speed Figure for his latest victory.

Vazquez, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was relatively quiet during the winter, winning just 3 of 26 starts at Gulfstream Park. His focus, however, was building up his barn for a spring assault at Delaware.

“While I was in Florida this winter, I focused on getting my horses ready, and I refreshed my stock,” said Vazquez, who first came to Delaware Park with four horses with his wife, Maria Virginia Pascual, in 2001. “We claimed some horses to specifically bring to Delaware.”

Between February and March, Vazquez claimed seven horses at Gulfstream.

The most intriguing prospect is probably Dade Babe, a 4-year-old filly he was willing to put up $62,500 to acquire in late February. Dade Babe began 2010 running for a $15,000 tag against nonwinners of two lifetime competition. By fall, she had won the Grade 3 Pucker Up on turf at Arlington Park and finished fourth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland.

Among the other newly acquired stock by Vazquez who fans might soon see run at Delaware are:

Kawiye, an import from Peru who, while trained by Michael Matz, was regarded highly enough that she made her United States debut in last spring’s Grade 2 Beaumont at Keeneland.

Cat Wiesel, a 4-year-old filly who is 3 for 5 lifetime. In her first start for Vazquez, she finished third in a $10,000 starter allowance in Florida.

Champ Dimare, a 3-year-old filly who won her career debut by six lengths at Hawthorne.

B L’s Noise, a four-time winner during 2010 and consistent performer in $6,250 starter allowance races.

Wild Cat Code, a lightly raced 4-year-old maiden filly who sold for $75,000 at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in 2009.

Tech Fall flashes stakes potential

Don’t be surprised if the lightly raced 3-year-old Tech Fall shows up in a stakes race sometime this summer.

Tech Fall, whose connections felt strongly enough about his potential to nominate him to the Triple Crown series, won a first-level allowance going a mile and 70 yards on opening day at Delaware Park, coming within .09 of a second of the track record. He was awarded an 84 Beyer Speed Figure for his 1 3/4-length victory and was timed in 1:39.29.

 “He seems like he came out of the race in great shape,” said trainer Tony Dutrow.  “We are not sure where we will go next yet, but it will more than likely be going long and on the dirt again.  We have always thought very highly of him and we are hoping he will eventually run in some of the nicer 3-year-old races this summer.”

A son of Birdstone, Tech Fall is owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable, and the Elkstone Group.

“We had aspirations for him to be on the Derby trail, but early this winter we decided to give him some time,” Dutrow said. “There was nothing really wrong with him, but we thought he needed some time to develop physically.  His ankles were a little immature and they had been getting some wear, so we thought we should give him a little break.  Right now, knock on wood, he is great, so we are just anxious to move forward off of his last race and hopefully he will develop into the kind of horse we think he can be.”

Last year, Tech Fall won his career debut by 1 1/4 lengths in a mile-and-70-yard maiden at Delaware.  He followed by finishing second in an allowance going the same distance at Parx Racing, then did not race again until last Saturday.









Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable and The Elkstone Group’s Tech Fall posted an impressive victory in his 2011 debut at Delaware Park today. 


With Jeremy Rose aboard, the 3-year-old son of Birdstone notched a 1 ¼-length score versus allowance company.  The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Anthony Dutrow covered the mile and seventy yards in 1:39.29 and returned $2.60 as the favorite in the field of five.


Last year, Tech Fall won his career debut by 1  ¼-lengths in a mile and seventy yard maiden at Delaware Park.  He followed by finishing second in a mile and seventy yard allowance at Parx.


Tech Fall has a career record of two wins from three starts with earnings of $57,400.