Guilty Twelve closes fast to take the Robert G. Dick Memorial

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July 08, 2017 01:53pm


Merry Fox Stable’s Guilty Twelve closed with a late rush to post a upset victory in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park today. 


With Christopher DeCarlo aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway prevailed by a nose over the 6-to-5 favorite Zipessa, with Joe Bravo aboard.  It was only a head further back to Gone Away, with Victor Carrasco, in third.    


Guilty Twelve covered the mile and three-eighths over a firm turf course 2:17.23.  The Kentucky-bred trained by H. Graham Motion raised her career record to four wins from ten starts with earnings of $263,806.


Motion has now won eight of the 21 renewals of the Robert Dick – he won in 1999 with Bursting Forth, 2002 with New Economy, 2003 & 2004 with Alternate, 2007 with Rosinka, 2009 with Caprice and 2016 with Real Smart.


“It is funny how this race has been so good to me,” Motion said. “It really is extraordinary.  But this is a race I always have in mind because it seems like we always have a filly for this category.  Obviously, it is one of my favorite races these days.”


Motion trusted both rider and horse.


“She is a tough filly,” said winning trainer H. Graham Motion.  “She is very honest and she really knows where the wire is. That is for sure.  Chris (DeCarlo) gave her a beautiful ride.  I think she is improving and she is beautifully bred.  She had a great trip and Chris (DeCarlo) did a great job.”


Decarlo was aboard in her last outing, a nose victory in a Belmont Park allowance, and he learned a little about Guilty Twelve which benefited him today.


“I had a perfect trip and I had a lot of horse underneath me the whole way,” said winning rider Christopher DeCarlo. “The last eighth of a mile, I brought my stick out and hit her once and she did not really respond.  When I won on her last time, I did not really hit her so much.  I hand rode her and she fought, so I put the whip away and hand rode her, and it worked.”


Source: Delaware Park

 

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