07/16/2004 11:00PM

Yearly Report lives up to billing

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Yearly Report wins the Delaware Oaks on Saturday at Delaware Park.

STANTON, Del. - Yearly Report, the only graded stakes winner in a group of eight 3-year-old fillies, looked even more imposing when teamed with Jerry Bailey, who came in from New York to ride her Saturday in the $500,900 at Delaware Park.

Sent off at 2-5, Yearly Report easily shook off a challenge in the stretch from Ender's Sister to score a one-length victory in the Grade 2 Oaks.

In winning for the fifth time in six lifetime starts, Yearly Report ($2.80) ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:43.80. Ender's Sister finished second, eight lengths in front of A Lulu ofa Menifee, who ran third. Bending Strings was scratched.

"When I looked at the Form, I thought she could conceivably be third early in the race," said Bailey of Yearly Report. "Once she placed herself second on the first turn, I didn't have to do a whole lot. I figured she was the class of the race, and once the class of the race gets an easy trip, the ballgame's usually over."

Yearly Report, trained by Bob Baffert, has won two other Grade 2 stakes this year, the Black-Eyed Susan going 1 1/8 miles at Pimlico and the seven-furlong Santa Ynez at Santa Anita. Her only loss came in a Cal-bred stakes in her second lifetime start.

"The only time she was beaten, she broke bad at the gate," said Bailey. "She stumbled and got slammed leaving the gate. I think the only question about her is how far she'll go."

The answer could come in Yearly Report's next possible start, the 1 1/4-mile Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

* Alternate ($5.40) won the Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap, a $151,500 race for fillies and mares, for the second straight year, holding off Lady of the Future by a neck.

The result was a near replay of the 2003 running. Lady of the Future was third a year ago. This year, she finished a neck ahead of Primetimevalentine, last year's fourth-place horse.

Alternate, ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Graham Motion, covered 1 3/8 miles over a yielding turf course in 2:20.07.

* Angelic Aura ($6.40) outfought 3-5 favorite The Lady's Groom by a neck in the $100,300 R.R.M. Carpenter Memorial Handicap.

Ridden for the first time by Norberto Arroyo Jr., Angelic Aura made a bold move on the outside to wrest the lead from The Lady's Groom approaching the far turn. A 4-year-old gelding who finished fourth behind Seattle Fitz in the Brooklyn Handicap last time out, Angelic Aura covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.48.

It was the fifth stakes win of the meet for Arroyo since he moved his tack to Delaware from New York.