08/02/2012 3:48PM

Saratoga: De La Rose comes up tough for Dealbata

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Dealbata has won three straight coming into the De La Rose, including a victory in the Mohegan Sky at Belmont.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.– Chad Brown said he scratched Dealbata from the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park last Sunday for Saturday’s $100,000 De La Rose Stakes because he preferred to run the filly at Saratoga and at a mile.

It certainly wasn’t because the De La Rose was an easier spot.

Saturday’s $100,000 De La Rose came up very deep and Dealbata is certainly one of many contenders in the one-mile race, scheduled for Saratoga’s inner turf course.

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Dealbata brings a three-race winning streak into the De La Rose, capped by a one-length victory in the Mohegan Sky Stakes at Belmont on June 16. That race was her first in nearly eight months.

“The whole purpose of waiting on her was waiting until I liked what I was seeing,” said Brown, who credited owner Martin Schwartz for not making him run Dealbata earlier than June. “Early on when I had her, there were some minor issues to work out with her and she got her way through them.

“She was training okay, not super consistent over the winter, then when we finally got up to New York we got into a consistent pattern. We were expecting her to run well that day and she did.”

Brown said he is concerned with the 10 post in the De La Rose, but “I have Ramon [Dominguez] and he’ll work it out.”

Julie’s Love, trained by Graham Motion, won allowance races at Keeneland and Belmont before finishing third, beaten one length by Gitchee Goomie in the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx on July 3. The runner-up from that race, Hessonite, came back to win an overnight stakes for New York-breds here last week.

Motion said Julie’s Love didn’t have a serious excuse in the Penny “except for experience racing over here. She had two completely contrasting races in her first two starts.”

Julien Leparoux rides Julie’s Love from post 5.

Dancinginherdreams, trained by Bill Mott, drops into this spot after finishing last in the Grade 1 Just a Game. Prior to that, she won a third-level allowance race going a mile at Churchill.

La Cloche, a younger half-sister to Grade 1 Diana winner Winter Memories, seeks her second straight overnight stakes victory. Wallis and Fontley, second and fifth behind La Cloche in the Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Belmont on July 8, are back in this field.

Trix in the City, who won the De La Rose last year at 24-1, Dancing to Town, Zapparition and Eye Candy Annie complete the field.