04.12.2019

Future Adena Springs Stallion Delta Prince Crowned a Grade 1 Winner & Millionaire at Keeneland

Stronach Stable's homebred Delta Prince, last at the head of the stretch, roared past longshot......

Stronach Stable's homebred Delta Prince, last at the head of the stretch, roared past longshot Clyde's Image in deep stretch to win the 31st running of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1) for 4-year-olds and up by 1½ lengths before a Friday afternoon crowd of 14,675 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Defending Maker's 46 Mile champion Heart to Heart and Great Wide Open (IRE) swapped the lead through fractions of :24.25, :47.79 and 1:11.98 while Delta Prince lagged at the back of the field under Javier Castellano.

At the top of the stretch, Qurbaan made the first run at the leaders, coming three wide, and was soon joined by Clyde's Image to his outside. Those two hooked up at the sixteenth pole, but rallying fastest of all on the far outside was Delta Prince, who drew off at the wire.



Trained by James Jerkens, the royally-bred Delta Prince covered the mile on a turf course rated as good in 1:35.97. It is the second victory in the race for Jerkens, who won in 2005 with eventual Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) champ Artie Schiller.

The red-hot Castellano, who won his fifth graded stakes (and second Grade 1 race) of the meet, has four wins in the race. 
 
"I tried to take my time with the horse and let the race develop—horses were going quickly," Castellano told Keeneland media. "Then I liked the way he finished. He finished really, really well."
 
Albin Jimenez, rider of runner-up Clyde's Image, also spoke highly of the winner. "(Clyde's Image) gave me everything he's got. He lugged a bit, but it didn't matter. (Delta Prince) is a super horse. We were second-best."

A future Adena Springs Kentucky stallion, Delta Prince is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry (IRE) out of the A.P. Indy mare Delta Princess. He is a half-brother to champion Royal Delta and to Crown Queen, winner of Keeneland's 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1). Delta Prince's Maker's 46 Mile victory was worth $180,000 and increased his earnings to $1,173,819 with a record of 13-5-3-4.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com


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04.06.2019

Awesome Again's Always Shopping Earns Oaks Berth with Gazelle S. (G2) Victory

The ever-increasing role that spacing of races is playing in the sport was vividly reflected after......

The ever-increasing role that spacing of races is playing in the sport was vividly reflected after a victory by Always Shopping in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

In a perfect world, owner Mike Repole might wait two months for Always Shopping's next race, just as he and trainer Todd Pletcher did when the 3-year-old filly went from a maiden win in the Feb. 3 Busanda Stakes to skipping the March 9 Busher Invitational to posting a 1 3/4-length victory in the Gazelle. But when the logical race four weeks away is the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), then there is surely sufficient cause to run back in a month.
 
"She's made improvement in each start," Pletcher said after the homebred daughter of Awesome Again out of stakes-winning the More Than Ready mare Stopshoppingmaria notched her second straight win and first graded stakes triumph. Always Shopping now has two wins from five starts, with earnings of $252,000. 



"(The Oaks) is a special race," Repole said, "and we have to make a decision. We have spaced her races out strategically. We scratched out of the Busher, and that's hard to do when your horse is doing well and is 5-2. If we win the Gazelle, we look really, really smart. If we lose, we look dumb. Everything pieced together today, and we'll make a decision. It's hard to pass up the Oaks."

The Gazelle assured Always Shopping of a spot in the Kentucky Oaks; she picked up 100 points and now ranks second on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard with 110 total. The rest of the race's qualifying points on a 40-20-10 scale went to Positive Spirit, who was second, followed by Off Topic and Proud Emma. Favored Expresso Shot was fifth.

As for Always Shopping, her victory Saturday came at the same 1 1/8-mile distance as the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, which was important to Pletcher.

"The key is if she can continue to move forward," Pletcher said. "She's proved that two turns, a mile and an eighth, is her thing."

Always Shopping rallied from midpack in the Busanda but was second in the Gazelle behind Positive Spirit, who reeled off soft splits of :24.92, :50.09, and 1:14.95. Repole's filly dueled with the early leader from the quarter pole until the eighth pole, when she drew clear under Manny Franco. Final time for the race was 1:52.91.

"We let Manny do his thing," Pletcher said. "He put her in a good spot, she put him in a good spot. He said he felt like he had a lot of horse the whole way. I think she'll be better off with a pace where she can settle in and make one run. We're proud of her." 

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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