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2023 Delaware Oaks Preview & FREE Picks | Promiseher America Takes Class Drop
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2023 Delaware Oaks Preview & FREE Picks | Promiseher America Takes Class Drop

Dr. Miranda previews the 2023 Delaware Oaks (G3) from Delaware Park, then gives her top picks & long shots. The Gazelle Stakes (G3) winner Promiseher America takes a class drop after finishing last of 14 in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Will the relief lead to another win? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

Siena Farm and WinStar Farm’s Miracle tops a field of ten entered in the $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks this Saturday.  The mile and a sixteenth affair has been carded as the eighth race with an approximate post time of 4:00pm.

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The New York-bred daughter of Mendelssohn travels well.  From her seven career starts, she has only been out of the money once while racing over five different tracks.   She has a win, four seconds and a third with earnings of $229,675.

“She is training very well coming into the race,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Delaware Oaks in 2006 with Adieu.  “She is very consistent and she should like the track.”

She has made three starts in 2023.  On February 18, she ran second in the mile and a sixteenth Grade II Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds, she followed with a fifth in the Grade II Gulfstream Park Oaks on April 1 and in her most recent, she ran second in the New York state-bred Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont Park on May 29.  She will be ridden by Trevor McCarthy, who won the Delaware Oaks in 2014 with Fortune Pearl.

The Elkstone Group’s Cover the Spread and Haymarket Farm’s Cats Inthe Timber will be representing the home team.  Both are conditioned by Brittany Russell who is the current leading trainer at Delaware Park with a record of nine wins, eight seconds and six thirds from 29 starts.

The Delaware Oaks will be the first stakes test for Cover the Spread who has a career record of two wins and two thirds from four starts.  In her most recent, the Maryland-bred daughter of Will Take Charge won a mile and a sixteenth allowance at Pimlico on May 14.  The home-bred broke her maiden in her career debut going a mile at Laurel Park on November 24.

“We ran her the one turn mile at Laurel three times mostly because that was the only opportunity offered, but we had been dying to run her two turns,” said trainer Brittany Russell.  “When we took her to Pimlico, she handled the two turns exactly the way we thought she would.  She ran a really big race that day.  She is a really good work horse and training filly.  It might be a question for her to step up and run against a little better competition, but she has trained and raced so well, it justifies taking this shot.”

Cats Inthe Timber broke her maiden in her second career effort going six furlongs at Delaware Park.  In her most recent, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Honor Code finished sixth in Grade II Black Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 19.  Previously, she won the $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes at Laurel Park on April 15.  She has a career record of three wins, a second, and a third from seven starts with earnings of $155,400.

“Cats Inthe Timber just keeps plugging along and she does what we ask her to do,” said trainer Brittany Russell.  “She is solid.  We may have thrown her to the wolves last time, but to be fair, she ran hard against a real tough bunch.  I am very happy with her.  She is doing extremely well.  We have had this race in the back of our minds for a while because she trains and started her career at Delaware Park, so we have had this race in mind.  I think we are going to take a swing and see what happens in the Oaks.”

The field for the 2023 Delaware Oaks:

1Foggy NightPine Brook FarmRobert Reid JrPaco Lopez11610-1
2Cover the SpreadThe Elkstone GroupBrittany RussellFergal Lynch11612-1
3Opus Forty TwoMark GrierArnaud DelacourDaniel Centeno11615-1
4FirelineJuddmonteChad BrownDylan Davis1187/2
5BalpoolMadaket StablesRob AtrasLuis Rodriguez Castro1186-1
6Promiseher AmericaHoffman Thorough et alRaymond HandelJorge Vargas Jr.1225-1
7Fast TrackedGreg Tatum RacingArnaud DelacourJorge Ruiz11612-1
8MiracleSiena & WinstarTodd PletcherTrevor McCarthy1163-1
9Cats Inthe TimberHaymarket FarmBrittany RussellJeremy Rose12010-1
10Crypto MamaGeorge Hall & AnnestesKelly John BreenMychel Sanchez11610-1