Delaware & Robert G. Dick Memorial Review

The Delaware Park was another race course with eye-catching Saturday card as three-year-old and older fillies and mares clashed in the G2 Delaware. On the sloppy track, Miss Leslie utterly destroyed the field and recorded her premiere Graded success by abysmal 12 lengths. On the turf surface, Key Biscayne caused an upset when scoring the G3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes.

Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes

The G3 event was open to three-year-old and older fillies and mares who clashed on the quite soft turf surface, vying for the purse of $200,000. Covering the distance of a mile and three furlongs, the favourites simply failed to cope with the rain-stricken track, while outsider Key Biscayne (36-1) enjoyed it tremendously.

Galloping in fifth, Daniel Centeno urged his mount to improve her position in the second turn, thanks to which Key Biscayne hit the final stretch in second place. She still had front-running Gladys (87-10) to better; however, the Juan Alvarado bound mare used her weight advantage fully to take command and deliver by one and ¼ of a length.

Crossing the wire in 2m 25.59s, she caused a huge upset by succeeding here in front of second Sister Otoole (63-10) and third Gladys.

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The five-year-old chestnut has never achieved a better place in the Graded company than finishing fourth at the G2 stage in 2020, but on Saturday, she thrived on the sort surface; moreover, she used the form she displayed when winning an Allowance race last time out.

Therefore, Key Biscayne caught off guard all of her rivals, including second Sister Otoole, who was also aided by the ground to deliver such a good run, and third Gladys. The duo of preferred participants, Temple City Terror (2-1) and Stand Tall (13-5), were beaten already in the last third of the race and were eased down in the final stretch. 

Delaware Handicap

Unlike in the previous race, the favourite of this G2 handicap utterly loved the wet surface as Miss Leslie (19-10) destroyed the competition of three-year-old and older fillies and mares.

On the sloppy dirt track, the contestants lined up to cover the distance of a mile and a quarter while competing for the purse of $500,000, with Miss Leslie starting off as the leading chance. Sitting in fourth place on the outside, she had a good gallop under Angel Cruz, who urged his mount forward in the final stretch, upon which the race became a one-filly-show.

Four-year-old Miss Leslie cruised home in 2m 4.50s, ridiculing her rivals by 12 lengths. Battle Bling (21-10) took second place in front of third Tonal Vision (30-1).

Despite carrying the biggest weight and being quite an exposed filly, Miss Leslie fulfilled the role of a favourite with ease and concluded a victorious hattrick.

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On Saturday, she achieved her premiere Graded triumph, and even though some more could lie ahead of her, it’s necessary to bear in mind that the field of the Delaware wasn’t exactly of high quality. Next time out, Miss Leslie thus still needs to prove to be a proper G2 runner.

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