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John Velazquez and Adieu after winning the Delaware Oaks
Delaware Park's biggest weekend, highlighted by the $1 million Delaware Handicap on Sunday, kicked off on Saturday afternoon with the $500,000 Delaware Oaks (G2) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. A field of eight went to post with Hollywood Oaks winner Hystericalady shipping in from California as the 9-10 favorite over 5-2 Adieu, fourth in the Acorn last time out for trainer Todd Pletcher.
First time by favorite Hystericalady on the outside
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Adieu Velazquez 7.00 4.00 3.40 8 Amandatude Rose 11.40 5.60 7 Gasia Pino 4.20 Winning Time: 1:43.72 $2 Exacta 5-8 79.00 $2 Trifecta 5-8-7 315.20 $1 Superfecta 5-8-7-1 2205.80
Adieu in the winner's circle with trainer Todd Pletcher on the far left. Pletcher said, "(John Velazquez, jockey) said they kind of fanned him out the around the far turn a little bit. Outside of that, it was a pretty good trip. She did not run a bad race in her first start back, she did finish second. She was fourth in Grade I last time, so that was not bad. But, I think the third race back is a lot of the times the best in a return cycle."
Second place finisher Amandatude returns after the race.
Third place finisher Gasia in the post parade.
Beaten favorite and fifth place finisher Hystericalady in the paddock before the race. Her jockey Patrick Valenzuela said, "I do not think she really liked this racetrack. It was a little cuppy out there and it is a lot different track then in California. She was bouncing over it nicely and she was running hard, but she was kind of struggling to do it."
On the undercard was the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap for older fillies and mares going 1 3/8 miles on the turf. 3-10 favorite and defending champ Honey Ryder settled well off the pace of 7-2 second choice Olaya through a slow half in 53.96 and 3/4 in 1:19.93, then closed determinedly through the lane to prevail by a head in a time of 2:20.81. It was 2 1/4 lengths back to 6-1 third choice Latice in third. The combination of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez took two of the three stakes races on the card.
Results chart from Equibase
Honey Ryder with John Velazquez up in the winner's circle.
Second place finisher Olaya returns after the race.
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