Delaware & Robert G. Dick Memorial Review

Foggy Night causes a huge upset in The Delaware Oaks and wins the prestigious Grade 3 after a protracted three-way duel in the home stretch.

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Delaware Oaks

Grade 3 – Purse $300,000 – 1 1/16 miles – Dirt – 3-Year-Old Fillies

Well, we thought Miracle would be one of the favorites to hit the board but we were not ready for what was in store at the wire.

As the gates opened it was Opus Forty-Two who managed to get the lead into the clubhouse turn and took the field into the back stretch, and she was followed on the outside by Miracle who was a length away in the two path, with the eventual winner FOGGY NIGHT in a stalking position on the rail in third.

As they went down the backstretch the quarter went in a pedestrian 24.14 seconds and the leader had the field nicely stacked up with seven lengths covering the eight runners. The race did not start in earnest until Opus Forty Two kicked off the far turn but he was immediately shadowed by Miracle and they had broken a few lengths clear of eventual winner Foggy Night who was two lengths adrift.

As they hit the top of the stretch it was Miracle who took over with a furlong and a half to the wire but Foggy Night pitched into the three lane to make her challenge and was soon on terms.

Foggy Night hit the front a furlong from the wire but Miracle was battling gamely. However, the 14/1 longshot had too much and widened under the wire to win by a length and three quarters, with Opus Forty Two pipping Miracle on the wire for the second spot and the disappointing chalk Fireline a well-beaten fourth.

Delaware Oaks Payouts

1. Foggy Night$30.40$13.40$9.60
2. Opus Forty Two $13.20$8.80
3. Miracle  $3.80

WINNING TIME: 1 min 45.07 secs

Robert Dick Memorial Stakes

Purse $250,000 – 1 and 3/8 miles – Turf– 3-Year-Old and Up – Fillies and Mares

Sopran Basilea finds a seam on the inside rail to get up under the wire and register a first graded stakes success in the United States.

As they went from the gates, Parnac broke smartly but it was Ever Summer who was keen to get on the speed, and she took the field into the opening turn.

But the pace slowed almost immediately, and the chalk Viareggio was sent up by jockey Fergal Lynch to apply some pressure to the leader.

They entered the stretch for the first time and as they went through the half-mile in a snail-like 52.21 seconds and the eventual winner SOPRAN BASILEA was the one at the tail of the field and some eight lengths off the speed.

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Sopran Basilea wins the G3 Robert Dick Memorial Esquivel

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The order changed very little down the back-stretch with Ever Summer leading from Viareggio who was traveling in hand.

The race changed as they hit the far turn and Ever Summer injected some pace and widened by two lengths with Parnac now making a move inside. As they hit the top of the stretch, it looked like Viareggio would take the leader but her effort soon petered out.

It was first Parnac, and then the fast closing Sopran Basilea who challenged, and the winner found a seam on the rail to edge ahead just under the wire from the brave long time leader Ever Summer with Parnac a fine third and the late closing Talbeyah an unlucky fourth after meeting traffic problems.

Robert Dick Memorial Payouts

1. Sopran Basilea$9.00$4.80$3.40
2. Ever Summer $13.20$5.60
3. Parnac  $3.60

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 20.27 secs

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