Delaware Handicap Day

Saturday July 12, 2014: Delaware Park

Jockeys, including (from left) Javier Castellano, Alex Cintron and William Otero, come into the paddock before the Fort Delaware Stakes. Behind them at left is Avarice, Castellano's mount in the race.

Picko's Pride, ridden by Alex Cintron, finishes first in the six-furlong race for four-year-olds and upward.
After a stewards' inquiry, Picko's Pride is disqualified to last place for interference. By the time runner-up Avarice was declared the winner, both he and his jockey had left the track.
Interest Free heads to the paddock for the Sweet and Sassy Stakes.

Winning Image, winner of the 2013 Sweet and Sassy, stops by the horse identifier to have her lip tattoo checked.
Gentle Officer is also in the field of seven mares and fillies.
J. Acosta rides Awesome Mama and Jose Ortiz is on Lion DNA for the six-furlong contest.

Angel Quinones has the mount on She's Ordained.
Galiana (#3) runs down pacesetter Winning Image to win the Smart and Sassy Stakes.
Jose Caraballo, who won this race on Winning Image in 2013, has to settle for second this time.
Abel Lezcano heads to the winner's circle on Galiana, a 2010 New York-bred filly owned and trained by Rodolfo Romero.
Eleven horses, led by Hardest Core, race to the finish of the Cape Henlopen Stakes, one and a half miles on the turf.

Hardest Core, Eriluis Vaz up, wins by three lengths.
A 2007 gelding by Hard Spun, Hardest Core is owned by Andrew Bentley Stables and trained by Eddie Graham.

Delaware Handicap contenders include Bryan's Jewel (#5), Gamay Noir (#4) and Molly Morgan (#3).
The favorite in the Delaware Handicap is Princess of Sylmar, winner of nine previous races including the 2013 Kentucky Oaks and three other grade one contests.
Flashy American, Alex Cintron up, maintains her second-place position as the field heads down the stretch.

Belle Gallantey, leading wire to wire under jockey Jose Ortiz, wins the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap by two and 3/4 lengths. Princess of Sylmar ran down Flashy American just before the finish to take second.

Rudy Rodriguez trains Belle Gallantey for owners Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stabes LLC and Gary Aisquith.
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