Seventh Time In North America The Charm For Delaware In Course Record Performance

Michael Dubb, Nice Guys Stables and Michael Caruso’s Delaware earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure with a visually impressive score in the Danger’s Hour Stakes, while Horologist garnered a 90 Beyer for her Top Flight win on a lucrative Saturday card at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y.

Newly minted North American stakes winner Delaware captured the Danger’s Hour in a course record time of 1:33.67 over the Big A inner turf.

Trained by Chad Brown and piloted by Manny Franco, the bay 5-year-old son of Frankel displayed a devastating turn of foot with a five-wide move in upper stretch to power past pacesetter Rinaldi for a three-quarter-length score.

“I don’t have any plans for his next race, but we were really pleased with the effort, especially with how much ground he made up in the stretch,” said Brown. “He looked fine this morning.”

Delaware was a Group 3 winner in France for trainer Andre Fabre before joining Brown’s contingent in North America. He made his U.S. debut in the First Defence on June 7, where he finished eighth beaten five lengths. The Danger’s Hour was a first North American victory for Delaware, who made his seventh start in the United States.

Bred by original owner Juddmonte Farms, Delaware was purchased by his current ownership group out of last year’s Keeneland November Sale. He is out of the Oasis Dream mare Zatsfine, who is a sibling to Grade/Group 1 winners Proviso and Byword.

The Brown-trained Analyze It, who finished last of seven in the Danger’s Hour, was reported to have bled.

The New Jersey-bred Horologist made her 2021 debut a winning one while providing Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and jockey Junior Alvarado with their combined third stakes victory of the 11-day Big A spring meet.

Horologist is owned by There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corporation and David Staudacher.

“She was a little tired this morning, but she looked well,” said Mott assistant Leana Willaford.

Horologist, who was named New Jersey Horse of the Year last month, put together a successful 2020 campaign with graded stakes victories in the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park and the Grade 2 Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park. She capped off her prosperous season in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland when ninth to Monomoy Girl.

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