07/02/2013 12:24PM

Woodbine: Delegation gets 110 Beyer for Dominion Day romp

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Michael Burns
Delegation received a 110 Beyer Speed Figure for his 9 1/4-length win in the Dominion Day.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Delegation, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, was an overpowering winner of Monday’s Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes.

Delegation set a track record of 2:01.51 in the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day, bettering the old mark of 2:01.99 established by Strait of Dover in last year’s Queen’s Plate.

His Beyer Speed Figure clocked in at 110, the highest for a two-turn race since the Polytrack surface was introduced in summer 2006.

“I think it might have been one of the most amazing performances of any horse I’ve ever had,” Casse said the morning after watching Delegation lead throughout and draw off through the stretch to score by 9 1/4 lengths under Luis Contreras.

“It was breathtaking to me to go a mile and a quarter, especially, and finish the way he did. When you look at it, they weren’t walking, and I don’t think the track was extremely fast.”

Delegation was clocked in 23.90 for his last quarter-mile after leading throughout fractions of 24.51, 48.63, 1:13.34, and 1:37.61.

Casse will be consulting with Barber, who lives in California, and sees Del Mar’s Pacific Classic on Aug. 25 as a long-term target.

The Pacific Classic, also at 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack, offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $1 million.

“The good news is he was super this morning,” Casse said Tuesday. “He’s an amazing horse. He has just the most beautiful stride when he gets into it.”

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C'mon Jay. It was a fantastic "unchallenged" performance in track-record time. Mind you, that record was set by a young 3yo, and a Canadian-bred at that. OK Jay...you're right.
jay More than 1 year ago
It was only a Grade 3 win in Canada. I don't care how fast he ran, there is a big difference facing Grade 1 American horses. He has no chance in a race like the Pacific Classic.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
typical american stupidity response, i guess finishing 3rd in breeders cup dirt mile doesn't account for anything.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
At the top of the stretch it looks like James Street was about to make his run but delegation went into another gear
Mark Dawson More than 1 year ago
Difficult to win a polytrack race at Woodbine by open lengths like that. Super-impressive. With the right trip, he could compete with the big boys this summer.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
No doubt. The time was ridiculous. Very fast for that surface.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
That certainly was a powerful performance.