07/14/2009 12:00AM

Familiar rivals meet again in Oaks

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Trainers Larry Jones and Tim Ritchey, who won the last two runnings of the Delaware Oaks, will send out prominent contenders again in Saturday s 58th edition of the Grade 2 race for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park.

Payton d Oro, trained by Jones, and Bon Jovi Girl, trained and partially owned by Ritchey, will meet for the third time this season. They took turns beating each other in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico two months ago and the local prep for the $250,000 Delaware Oaks, the $125,000 Susan s Girl on June 20.

Payton d Oro and Bon Jovi Girl head a group of seven entered Tuesday for the 1 1/16-mile Oaks, one of three stakes for Thoroughbreds on Saturday s 10-race card. Delaware s biggest weekend of the season continues Sunday with three more stakes, highlighted by the $1 million Delaware Handicap.

Payton d Oro went wire to wire to defeat Bon Jovi Girl by 1 1/4 lengths in the Black-Eyed Susan. Bon Jovi Girl turned the tables, whipping Payton d Oro by eight lengths over a sloppy track in the Susan s Girl.

Jones won last year s Oaks with Proud Spell. Ritchey scored two years ago with Moon Catcher.

The field also includes Livin Lovin, winner of last fall s Grade 3 Tempted; Malibu Prayer, a distant second to Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1 Mother Goose; Canadian shipper Careless Jewel, who makes her first start on dirt following back-to-back wins by a combined margin of nearly 11 lengths; and Missunitednations, a Philadelphia Park-based runner who has been first or second in 5 of 7 lifetime starts.

The longshot looks like Sweet Golden Carol, who ships in from Southern California for trainer Doug O Neill after winning a maiden race on Hollywood Park s Cushion Track last month.

* Winter View, a Grade 3 winner in her last two starts, faces Grade 3 winner Dress Rehearsal and seven other fillies and mares in the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial at 1 3/8 miles on turf.

* Researcher, winner of the $615,000 Charles Town Classic in April, and Acting Zippy, a three-time stakes winner this season, are among eight older runners slated to go 1 1/16 miles in the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Memorial.

* Dixies Valentine, a 20-length winner of a Grade 1 stakes at odds of 1-20 last time out, looks formidable in the first running of the $30,000 Delaware Park Arabian Distaff Handicap for Arabian fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.