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2009 Delaware Handicap (G2)

Date/Track:
7/19/2009, Delaware Park
Distance:
1 1/4 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3+ F
Time:
2:03.41

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Delaware Handicap (G2)...

Swift Temper ran a heck of a race against Miss Isella in the Fleur de Lis at Churchill and she was sitting on a big effort. Add to that Garcia gets an easy lead... and it's over...
When nobody wanted the early lead, Alan Garcia took Swift Temper there and you could tell under the finish for the first time they would be tough, and they were. With the cagey race riding, Garcia and Swift Temper went wire-to-wire in the Delaware Handicap.Read More
Theft! What was going through the other jocks mind?
Theft! What was going through the other jocks mind?
Theft! What was going through the other jocks mind?
Team Valor International's Unbridled Belle has been simply terrific in her career at Delaware Park, winning five of seven starts at the track including the 2007 Delaware Handicap (gr. II). On July 19, the 6-year-old mare will try to continue her domination when she takes on six rivals in the $1 mill...Read More
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  • GBeret · I'm just curious if Rachael Alexandra's connections, given Unbridled Belle's success at Delaware Park and having won the Delaware Handicap before, plus the 1/1-4 mile distance of the race decided on entering her in the Haskell Invitational because of it being 1/1-8? Maybe they feel like she can beat the colts easier at 1/1-8 than she could beat Unbridled Belle at Delaware Park at 1/1-4. · 1734 days ago ·
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  • cigar · I think Monmouth fits into her style way more than the Del. Cap, plus I'm not sure R.A. is going to be quite as effective going 10 furlongs. If the Preakness was another 16th of a mile longer, it's a totally different landscape right now. · 1733 days ago ·
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I would have loved to see Rachael Alexandra gone here. Other than Zenyatta, Unbridled Belle is as good of an older female horse that's out there. I think maybe Rachael's connections might have been leary of Unbridled Belle's success at Delaware Park being a previous winner of this race. Also the 1-1/4 mile distance. But she's already shown she can beat males under 1-1/4. I'd like to see if she can beat good older females at this distance. I think U.B. would've given her all she wanted and then some.

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