Updated on 09/17/2011 11:28AM

Docent has easy time in Hadry

Jim McCue
Docent ($3.60), with Clinton Potts, prepped for defense of his Maryland Million Classic title with an easy 3 1/2 length victory in the $50,000 Charles Hadry Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.

Docent romped to a fifth win in seven starts this season as he cruised to victory Saturday afternoon in the $50,000 Charley Hadry Stakes at Pimlico.

Docent ($3.60) saved all the ground under Clinton Potts and took charge at the top of the stretch. A 5-year-old gray gelding, he ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.15 to win by 3 1/2 lengths.

"He was ready to go any time I asked him," Potts said. "The hole opened up for us, and he made a nice move down the lane."

Trainer Tim Ritchey felt the race was a perfect tune-up for next month's Maryland Million.

"This was basically a prep for the Maryland Million," Ritchey said. "He ran well and did everything we wanted him to do."

Jorgie Stover got second over Jim Thirds Bolero.

* Delaware Park, still feeling the impact of Hurricane Isabel, postponed the $200,000 Caesar Rodney Handicap on Saturday afternoon. The track opted to reschedule the 1 1/8-mile turf race for Sept. 27.

Delaware Park has promoted the Rodney for graded status and wanted to avoid a flood of scratches by running the stakes on the rain-softened course or the main track.

The remaining eight Thoroughbred and one Arabian race went off as scheduled on the main track, which was listed as fast.