10/20/2012 6:07PM

Delaware: Stephanoatsee surges in stretch to take Barbaro

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The 3-year-old Stephanoatsee responds to jockey Sheldon Russell's urging and comes up the rail to win the $100,000 Barbaro.

Stephanoatsee remained perfect in two starts at Delaware Park when he came from off the pace to collect his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes for 3-year-olds.

The Barbaro, contested at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, was the richest of five stakes on the Owners Day program.

Ridden by Sheldon Russell for trainer Graham Motion, Stephanoatsee ($4.80) made a late surge along the rail in deep stretch to run down stretch-out sprinter Adirondack King and score by three-quarters of a length. Traffic Light, part of a three-way battle up front with Adirondack King and My Adonis, finished third. The winning time was 1:44.79.

Stephanoatsee, a son of A.P. Indy owned by Meadowview Farm, was making his third start following an extended break between January and August. He won an off-the-turf first-level optional claimer going 1 1/8 miles at Delaware before finishing fourth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.  He has now won 3 of 7 starts and $198,000.

* Win Willy ($2.60) was hand-ridden to a 4 3/4-length win in the $77,250 Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Governor’s Day. The 6-year-old Win Willy, now 10 for 26 lifetime with earnings of $953,627, ran a mile and 70 yards in 1:41.33.

* Bryan’s Jewel ($5.60), the favorite in a field of nine fillies and mares, ended a string of three straight second-place finishes by scoring a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial. In winning for the first time since last November, Bryan’s Jewel, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Mac Robertson, covered 1 1/16 miles on good turf in 1:46.22.

* Missy Rules ($13.40) led wire to wire to score by 2 3/4 lengths in the $60,000 Small Wonder for Delaware-certified 2-year-old fillies. Ridden by Jose Caraballo for trainer Randy Nunley, Missy Rules ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.92.

* Escrow Kid ($3.20), making his first start off a $50,000 claim by Tony Dutrow, scored a front-running two-length victory under Jeremy Rose in the $60,000 New Castle for Delaware-certified sprinters. He ran six furlongs in 1:09.98.