Jeranimo up in time to win the Eddie Read at Del Mar
Jeranimo had to pass all eight of his rivals in the final half mile of Saturday’s Grade 1 $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes, but he did just that as he got up late to win by a length and a half in the end. Sent off as the 5/2 favorite, Jeranimo (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) was last early on as Fed Biz and Slim Shadey both went out and battled hard for the early lead. Fed Biz eventually put that rival away, but couldn’t hold off Fly Lexis Fly, who put in an eye catching move on the turn to grab the lead as the field came into the home stretch. But Fly Lexis Fly couldn’t keep that momentum going, as Rafael Bejarano and Jeranimo had all the momentum from the back and rolled by to win going away. Vagabond Shoes got up to finish in second while Fly Lexis Fly got the third spot.
Earlier in the card it was the Closing Range (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who got up to win the Osunitas Stakes at big odds of 16/1 under a hustling ride from Corey Nakatani. Favored Unusual Hottie (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) finished second, completing a BetPTC.com exacta that paid $62 for every $1 bet.
Sisterly Love all the way in the Ontario Matron
Sisterly Love went right to the front and never looked back as she dominated the $150,000 Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, Sisterly Love (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) went to the front under Eurico Da Silva and opened up a strong lead through an opening quarter of 24.03. Sisterly Love finally got some pressure going to the quarter pole when Yellow Boat drew to within a head, but Da Silva had plenty left in the tank and proceeded to draw off to win by three and a half lengths. Eagle Hall (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) rallied up to get into the second spot, ahead of long shot Pure Blue Sky who finished up in third. Da Silva also went wire to wire to win the Colin Stakes aboard Go Greeley (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) as they drew off late to win by two and a half lengths over the big favorite Conquest Two Step (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who finished up in second.
Royal Delta back to her old self, dominates the Delaware Handicap
Royal Delta went to the lead under Mike Smith and proceeded to pour it on for pretty much every inch of Saturday’s $750,000 Grade 1 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. Sent off as the 2/5 favorite, Royal Delta (BetPTC.com Top Selection) opened up a big lead down the backstretch, and just kept opening up at will down the lane, finally drawing off to win by 10 and three quarter emphatic lengths. The two longest shots in the field, She’s All In and And Why Not rallied to finish second and third, as Summer Applause and Centring tired after trying to chase down Royal Delta.