Maggi Moss’ Delaunay swept past Trinniberg at the head of the stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in the 79th running of the
$443,600 Churchill Downs presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Tom Amoss
and ridden by Rosie Napravnik
, Delaunay covered the seven furlongs on the sloppy main track in 1:22.35.
The victory, the
sixth in a row for Delaunay, was worth $264,031 and improved his
earnings to $803,486 with a record of 39-14-8-3. It was the first graded
stakes victory for Delaunay.
Delaunay is a 6-year-old Maryland-bred son of Smoke Glacken out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Perilous Night.
of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) last fall at Santa Anita, led the
field through fractions of :22.29 and :44.86 with Delaunay in closest
pursuit. Turning for home, Napravnik sent Delaunay
after Trinniberg and within a few strides, the race turned into a one
Favored in the field of nine, Delaunay returned $5.80, $3.80 and $3. Pass the Dice
, ridden by Julien Leparoux
, returned $8.60 and $6 with Laurie’s Rocket
finishing 3 ½ lengths back in
third under Victor Lebron
and paying $7.20 to show.
finished 1 ¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Hierro
, Trinniberg, Unbridled’s Note
and Night Party
Rosie Napravnik, rider of Delaunay, winner: “The
post position was great. He broke sharp. He’s such a cool horse. He’ll
do whatever you ask him. He’s very speedy and he’ll relax if you need
him to. He’s just
a very fast horse. Since Tom’s (Amoss) had him, he’s really come around.
The track wasn’t a problem at all for him. He’s got a good record on
wet tracks. We weren’t worried about that.”
Tom Amoss, trainer of Delaunay, winner:
“The question was fair; Delaunay had faced the same group of horses,
but today was a really overpowering performance. I think you’d have a
lot of doubt not calling him the best
sprinter in the country after today.”
Is he the best claim you ever made? “By
far, it’s the best claim I ever made. I saw a horse that I thought that
was worth $40,000, which is what I paid. What’s different? I really
don’t know. He’s
just come around and he looks great. He doesn’t look like a $40,000
horse, that’s for darn sure.”
Julien Leparoux, rider of Pass the Dice, runner-up: “No excuses. Good race; good try.”
Victor Lebron, rider of Laurie’s Rocket, third: “I had a good position all the way. He handled the track and he gave some run at the end.”