A Weekend at Delaware Park

Saturday July 18: Delaware Oaks Day 2009

Acting Zippy (Justin Shepherd up), right, gains the early lead in the 14th running of the R.R.M. Carpenter Memorial Stakes. The four-year-old gelding won by three lengths. Good and Lucky (left) finished fifth.
Dinner in Odem is hosed off after his last-place finish in the Carpenter Stakes.
At Least a Miracle gives his handler and jockey Justin Shepherd a hard time in the paddock before race 6. The Tim Ritchey-trained colt led the field of eight until the upper stretch, then finished sixth in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the turf.

From left, Iron Fortitude, Opportune Moment, Rabbit Tracks and Lonely Me compete in race six. None of them could catch the winner, Beckham Bend, below.

Beckham Bend, ridden by Jeremy Rose and trained by Diane Alvarado, wins Saturday's sixth race.
Rabbit Tracks, who finished fifth, is led off the track after race 6. The three-year-old colt is trained by Larry Jones.
Careless Jewel, a daughter of Tapit who came from Canada to race in the Delaware Oaks, walks in the paddock before the race.

With odds of 10-1 at race time, Careless Jewel (Robert Landry up) wins the Grade II Delaware Oaks by seven and one quarter lengths, beating heavy favorite Bon Jovi Girl and four other three-year-old fillies.
Careless Jewel is hosed off after her win. She is trained by Josie Carroll.
Astrologie, a French-bred four-year-old, walks in the paddock before the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (Gr. III) for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

From left, Dyna's Lassie (David Cohen up), Caprice (Jeremy Rose up) and Astrologie (Ramon Dominguez up) compete in the 13th running of the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes, one mile and three eighths on the turf.
The German-bred six-year-old mare Caprice, trained by Graham Motion, leaves the winner's circle after her victory in the Robert G. Dick Stakes.
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