06/30/2014 12:17PM

Six probables for Delaware Oaks

Barbara D. Livingston
Got Lucky is one of four fillies trainer Todd Pletcher nominated to the Delaware Oaks.

As of Monday morning, Delaware Park stakes coordinator Lenny Rera had six probables for Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Delaware Oaks. The race will be drawn Wednesday, along with three undercard stakes, and the field could change markedly between now and then.

The 1 1/16-mile Oaks heads the second most important day of the Delaware Park meet. The undercard stakes are the Grade 3, $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 miles on the turf; and two $50,000 stakes, the Carl Hanford Memorial and the Oh Say.

A quick look at those expected for the Delaware Oaks:

* Got Lucky: Todd Pletcher has nominated four to the Oaks, but if he sends a horse it is expected to be Got Lucky, a Gulfstream Park maiden winner who has been a well-beaten second behind Untapable in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds and My Miss Sophia in the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct.

* Joint Return: John Servis-trained daughter of long-winded millionaire Include has a lot of upside as we reach the midpoint of the year. She has won 5 of 8 starts, including three stakes – the $100,000 Busher at Aqueduct, the $65,000 Calder Oaks, and the $50,250 Our Mims at Delaware while prepping for the Oaks. Her fourth-place finish in the Black-Eyed Susan was sneaky good and is a replay well worth watching.

[Delaware Oaks: Get PPs, watch Saturday's card live]

* Image of Anna: Set the pace in the Our Mims but was outfinished by Joint Return in a good runner-up effort. Trained by Rick Violette, she is quick and improving.

* Fortune Pearl: Followed up a first-level optional-claiming win at Pimlico with a third-place finish in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Has four Delaware Park works since then for trainer Graham Motion.

* Pixie Dust: A winner of 2 of 4 starts sprinting against Pennsylvania-bred company for trainer James L. Lawrence II, she should appreciate the added distance of the Oaks.

* Honey’s Ryan: It’s a bit difficult to judge this filly’s races as they have come at Remington Park in Oklahoma City and at ThistleDown near Cleveland. Trained by Kenneth Marshall, she has easily won her last three starts and will be stretching out after two sprints. She was bred by the University of Kentucky.

. More than 1 year ago
Only 6 horses. Must be a Huge gap between a grade II type horse and the standard G3/allowance/Optional horse $300,000 is a lot of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't fool around just bet Pletcher
none More than 1 year ago
don't forget to cancel place and show wagering, but keep the tri and super betting alive.
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
You want to fix this sport? If you're not going to permanently lower take-outs at least give us a race here and there where there are no take-outs, so we can at least taste what it's like not to be perpetually raped by the racing authorities and various horseman's bodies that stick it to the bettor every chance they get. I hope CDI choked on their 26% drop - I boycotted them along with many many others. Until they change their ways I'm never going back.
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
wow another 6 horse field, horse racing kills its self, too many stakes races across the nation, not enough horses, this race should be cancelled… they all should have raced last week against untappable, a field of 11 would be nice, so be it that untappable would win at least their would be good handicapping for exacta and tri's, etc...
mike More than 1 year ago
They probably didn't race against her cause the trainers of all of them firgured they didn't have a chance.
mike More than 1 year ago
Intended on saying figured.
Gregg Rose More than 1 year ago
you are right there are to many stakes races, many of which have a depressing few starters, but why should the owners and trainers have to settle for second money behind Untappable when they can pick up over $100,000 for winning this race? If you don't like it, don't bet the race!!! in your example of 11 horse against Untappable you would probably whine that the exacta paid too little no matter WHO finished second!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
I have & idea, let's just shut down all the tracks except for NY racing, since all the horses seem to be in NY. This way we have full fields and don't have to read so much whining about field Size's and whatever other complaint pop's up in everyone's mind about racing. May I suggest playing cards anyone..........
John Barclay More than 1 year ago
the bunch running the show there kill it they get a drop of rain and they shut the turf races down and quick it's a shame in it's day was nothing to have grand stands packed club house would be jammed packed and the aux tellers beside the paddock would be deep with betters that's the trouble if u had a big day like a festival race day you could not get a bet in but in it's day del park was the place some of the best jockeys rode there always holds a place in my hart spent a many of day there as a kid when go there till this day it's like come.en home I still love the place yours truly Elkton john .......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At least the 45 people that will show up on race day might get a good show...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun year of five horse fields for the Delaware Oaks and Delaware Handicap. Great job Delaware Park...keep up the good work.
Rocky Massi More than 1 year ago
I'll never understand why they don't do a one day "festival" with the Delaware Handicap, the Oaks and the other 3-4 stakes races..
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Until a few years ago, they ran the Oaks on Sat. and the Del Cap on Sun. IMHO, that was a much better set-up, but since they don't run on Suns. anymore...