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Delaunay gets back on track in Aristides

Delaunay Aristides 615 X 400
Photo: Reed Palmer / Churchill Downs
Once undefeated at Churchill Downs, multiple graded stakes winner Delaunay got a bit off track earlier this year. After winning his seasonal debut at Fair Grounds, the gelding hit a two race slump, including his first ever defeat at the storied track in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes earlier this month. Despite his disappointing finish last out, bettors were still firmly behind the Maggi Moss owned runner, sending him to post in the G3 Aristides as the heavy favorite.
 
 
With the popular Rosie Napravnik in the irons, Delaunay broke sharply and immediately went to the front to contest the lead. Longshot Jasizzle gained a short advantage early, but Delaunay and Rosie pounced before ever hitting the far turn, taking it to the field early and often. Wheeling for home, the bay gelding had a clear lead and lengthened it to the wire, finishing 3 ½ lengths clear of the runner up.
 
 
After a quick 21:86 first quarter, the half went in 44:96. Five-eighths went in 56:67, and Delaunay stopped the clock in 1.09:59 for the six furlong affair. Scatman, under Julien Leparoux, ran well to get second, 1 ¾ lengths ahead of third place finisher Captain Genius with Leandro Goncalves aboard. The order of finish was completed by second betting choice Mico Margarita, pace-setting Jasizzle, Voodoo Storm, Jake Mo, and Take It Like a Man.
 
 
As the heavy favorite, Delaunay paid just $3.40/$2.80/$2.40 for the win. At 7-1, Scatman returned $5.00/$3.40 for the place, and Captain Genius was worth $4.60 for the show off odds of 13-1. The $2 exacta paid $21.60, the $2 trifecta was worth $141, and the $0.10 superfecta paid just $29.15.
 
 
Winning rider Rosie Napravnik stated after the race, “It was a great trip, just how we hoped it would pan out. He’s so great because he’s so fast and has no problems sitting off of another horse. He really knows what he’s doing and just cruised home.”
 
 
Tom Amoss, who saddled the winner, agreed with Napravnik’s assessment. “It was one of those rare races that went the way we thought it would. We had a little speed inside of us so we laid off of him and tried to increase our advantage on the turn. Once we did that Delaunay’s courage got very big turning for home and he was able to do the rest on his own,” he said.
 
 
Earning $67,898 for the win, the gelding also cruised ever closer to that important $1 million in earnings milestone. Claimed back on May 12, 2012 by winning owner Maggi Moss, Delaunay has proven to be a smart claim. He has racked up a record of 14: 9-2-0 for Ms. Moss and has an overall record of 45: 16-10-3 for total career earnings of $985,491. By Smoke Glacken and out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Perilous Night, Delaunay has never been through the auction ring. 

 

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.