WILMINGTON, Del. — The New Jersey-bred Golden Brown, who went postward at odds over 15 to 1, and Elate, the 3 to 5 favorite, shared top honors on Saturday, Delaware Park's biggest racing day of the summer.
Golden Brown came from fifth place in a field of eight and ran down the leaders in the last eighth of mile to post a win of 1-3/4 lengths in the Kent Stakes, racing for ABL Stable, Domininic Bassone, Peter Donnelly and Joseph Schnoor, Jr. In what was a major jump up the class ladder for the son of Offlee Wild from the Chester House mare Suzee Sunrise, the 3-year-old colt took the measure of eight rivals in the mile and furlong tour around the Delaware turf course with Jairo Rendon in the saddle for trainer Patrick McBurney.
They completed their trip in 1 minute, 48.01 seconds on a firm turf course.
Golden Brown's last start was a second place finish in Monmouth Park's Don Horn Stakes for New Jersey-breds behind the champion Irish Strait. One race prior to that one, he was a Jersey-bred allowance winner at the Shore.
His Kent win was his first attempt in a graded stake. It resulted in his third lifetime win from seven starts. The Delaware Park check for $120,000 more than covered the $22,000 the partnership paid to purchase him from breeder Esther deJong at the Fasig-Tipton sale in October of 2016. His lifetme turn earnings are now over the $200,000 level.
In the winners' circle, McBurney said, “This race came up very tough. In his last race, he was in against an older champion. We felt he had a chance here against straight 3-year-olds.”
Elate, an Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm home-bred, demolished seven rivals in her four-year-old debut, the $750,000-guaranteed Grade 2 Delaware Handicap run at 1-1/4 miles on the Delaware main track.
With New York riding champion Jose Ortiz one the saddle for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the 4-year-old daughter of Medalgia d'Oro from the Distorted Humor mare Cheery came from fourth place as the field raced up the back stretch and took the lead passing the quarter pole.
At the wire, she was 3-1/4 lengths ahead of the 80 to 1 shot Sneaky Betty, the third place finisher in Delaware's Obeah Stakes, the major prep for the Delaware Handicap. Teresa Z, the Obeah winner for the St. Elias Stable, took third money over Looch Racing Stable's Fuhriously Kissed who was fourth.
The win for Elate was her fifth from 11 lifetime starts. As a 3-year-old she notched Grade 1 wins in Saratoga's Alabama and Belmont's Beldame, both with Ortiz in the saddle for Mott. She closed out her 3-year-old racing year with a fourth place finish in Del Mar's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Distaff behind Forever Unbridled, Abel Tasman and Paradise Woods.
The Delaware Handicap win was worth $400,000 to Mrs. Dilschneider and Claiborne. Their filly became an equine millionaire who now sports lifetime earnings of $1.27 million.
After the race, Ortiz said, “I saw there was speed outside of me and so I had to take back. But, they were going slow, so I decided to go. She's a big filly. After eight or nine months off, she was really ready.” She was 'ready' enough that, once Ortiz got her in stride around the far turn and down the stretch, he parked his whip and kept it down all the way to the wire.
Mike Lakow Returns To NYRA
ELMONT, N.Y. — Mike Lakow has rejoined the New York Racing Association and will serve a racing secretary for all of the race meetings at Aqueduct Race Course. In addition, he will be associate racing secretary for the meeting at Saratoga that opens on Friday.
Lakow was the NYRA's racing secretary from 1993 to 2005.
The NYRA racing office functions will now be lead by Lakow and Pat Pope who was hired in March as racing secretary at the Belmont Spring/Summer and Fall meetings under the direction of Martin Panza, the NYRA Senior Vice President for Racing Operations.
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