09/20/2014 2:53PM

Divine Oath delivers as heavy favorite in Kent

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Divine Oath, with Jose Caraballo, wins the second Grade 3 stakes of his career in the Kent.

Heavily favored Divine Oath rallied along the rail to capture the Grade 3, $150,000 Kent Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Delaware Park.

Ridden for the first time by Jose Caraballo, Divine Oath ($3.60) was sixth of seven through the first six furlongs in 1:12.2, but was saving ground throughout the 1 1/8-mile race. He was not asked for his best run until the stretch and capitalized on an opening along the inside to put head in front at the eighth pole, and then drew clear by three-quarters of a length.  His winning time of 1:47.78 was just .51 of a second off the course record of 1:47.27 set by Optimizer in the 2012 Kent.

“We had a great trip,” Caraballo said.  “He broke right there with them without me asking him.  From there on, it was just about waiting and finding room and he took over.”

Bashart, winless in five starts since taking the Grade 2 With Anticipation at Saratoga in August 2013, was a clear second by a full length. Other Cheek outfought early pacesetter Lafontaine by a head for third.

Divine Oath, a son of Broken Vow trained by Todd Pletcher for Lets Go Stable, is now 4 for 7 with earnings of $335,850. He won the Grade 3 American Derby at Arlington two starts ago, but then finished ahead of just one horse in the Grade 1 Secretariat a month ago.

It was Pletcher’s third graded stakes win at Delaware since 2010 and just the second graded stakes win lifetime for Caraballo, who won the Grade 3 Hirsch Jacobs in 2009.