07/07/2016 12:46PM

Photo Call owns tactical edge in Robert Dick Memorial

Barbara D. Livingston
Photo Call comes into the Robert Dick Memorial with three graded stakes wins in the last 10 months.

The Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial, the best race on the Delaware Oaks undercard Saturday, brings together a field of eight with top contenders trained by Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott, and Graham Motion.

In addition to the Grade 3 Oaks and the Dick Memorial, the 11-race card includes the $50,000 Dashing Beauty, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, and the $50,000 Cape Henlopen, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up. The entire program will be streamed live on DRF.com.

Photo Call, a three-time graded stakes winner for Pletcher in the last 10 months, appears to have a tactical advantage over her chief rivals in the Dick Memorial as she may be able to control the pace in the 1 3/8-mile turf marathon for fillies and mares. Photo Call was on or near the lead throughout her April victory in the Grade 3 Orchid, a 1 3/8-mile race at Gulfstream Park.

Her other graded wins came in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita going 1 1/4 miles last September and in the Grade 2 Violet, a 1 1/8-mile race at Monmouth Park last August.

Suffused, trained by Mott, finds herself in the odd position of shortening up nine-sixteenths of a mile from her authoritative victory in the 1 15/16-mile Belmont Coronation Invitational. In her previous two starts since being imported from Britain, Suffused finished fifth behind Photo Call in the Orchid and third, beaten eight lengths, by Onus in a course-record performance going 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park.

If Suffused can settle and finish like she did in her June 9 victory, she will be a strong force here.

Real Smart has raced well for Motion in a pair of optional-claiming races at Belmont since being brought to the U.S. from Britain. She won a first-level optional claimer going 1 1/4 miles in May and was second, beaten a neck, in a second-level optional-claiming race at 1 1/8 miles in June.

“She came from England with the idea that she would be good enough to run in black-type races over here,” Motion said. “Since she has come over to North America, both of her races have been really impressive. I think she is coming into the race in good shape and should be able to handle the extra distance.”

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Savings Account, trained by Tom Proctor, will be returning to turf for the first time since May 2015. She has early speed and could be Photo Call’s main pace adversary.

◗ The Dashing Beauty has a field of 10, topped by the Parx-based Disco Chick and Four inch Heels and the Belmont Park-stabled Stormy Sky.

Disco Chick and Four Inch Heels come out of a bizarre seven-furlong race at Parx in which heavy favorite Stonetastic set blazing fractions of 21.57 seconds, 43.62, and 1:09.71 before tiring to finish fourth. Disco Chick raced just off Stonetastic to upper stretch of that race and then tired to finish last of six. She had previously won three consecutive stakes.

Four Inch Heels, trained by John Servis, stumbled at the start of that race and dropped well back early, which might have been a blessing in disguise. She closed to finish second, beaten three-quarters of a length by She’s Hot Wired.

In her prior start, Four Inch Heels finished second by three-quarters of a length to Disco Chick in the My Juliet Stakes at Parx while returning from a five-month layoff.

Look for Disco Chick to go to the lead and Four Inch Heels to come from off the pace. Disco Chick will race for trainer Carlos Soto on Saturday because her longtime trainer, Mario Serey Jr., is serving a 15-day medication suspension.

George Weaver sends in Stormy Sky, who won a second-level optional-claiming race at Belmont three starts ago. She has since finished third in the Grade 3 Vagrancy and second in a high-level optional claimer.

◗ The Cape Henlopen has brought together a difficult-to-decipher field of 11. The contenders include Belisarius, trained by Mott, and Biz The Nurse, trained by Tom Albertrani. They will be shortening up a half-mile from the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup Invitational.

St. Albans Boy, based at Fair Hill with Kelly Rubley, is dropping out of Grade 2 company for this race.