08/01/2008 11:00PM

Stones River pulls away in Shuk


Stones River ($3.80) made a three-wide move heading into the stretch on his way to his first stakes victory in the $75,300 Nick Shuk Memorial at Delaware Park. The 1 1/16-mile race was taken off the turf and run on a fast main track, with a scratch-reduced field of six.

Stones River, under jockey Terry Thompson, bided his time in fourth, never more than two lengths behind the leaders. The main-track-only entrant was able to rally to the lead in the stretch and he pulled clear for a 4 1/2-length win. Knight in Armour finished second, a half-length in front of Sinners Repent. Stones River completed the distance in 1:44.47.

Stones River, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Monarchos, improved his record to 4 wins from 7 starts. He is a perfect 4 for 4 at Delaware Park for trainer Larry Jones.

Fourth-place finisher and pacesetter Sir Diamond was disqualified and placed sixth after causing interference in the stretch. Sir Diamond, ridden by Mario Pino, drifted in to the rail and had his heels clipped by Pickering, who fell throwing jockey Rosie Napravnik. Termsofengagement then stumbled over Napravnik, losing rider Pablo Morales.

Napravnik, who ranks second in the Delaware Park jockey standings, was taken to a local hospital and is believed to have suffered a broken leg, a Delaware Park spokesman said.

Morales came back to ride in the next race.