Delaware Oaks Day

Saturday July 5, 2014: Delaware Park

Manuel Franco, who will ride Modernstone in the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes, gets some last-minute instruction from an assistant to trainer Bill Mott.
Topic, one of twelve fillies and mares that will compete in the Grade 3 race, prepares to have her tattoo read by the horse identifier.
Aigue Marine, Kendrick Carmouche up, wins the Robert Dick Stakes, one and three eighths miles on the turf. Topic (#11) finished second but was disqualified to ninth for interference in the stretch.
Aigue Marine, foaled in 2009 in Great Britain, is trained by Christophe Clement.
Service For Ten walks in the paddock before the Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes, the second of the day's four stakes races.
Alex Cintron will ride Balance of Power in the Carl Hanford.
Vegas No Show is trained by Kelly Breen for George and Lori Hall.
The horses head to the track.
I'm Steppin' It Up (#8, right), ridden by Jose Caraballo, wins the Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes, one mile and 70 yards on the dirt for 3-year-olds and up. Balance of Power (#1) is second.
Carol Cedeno leaves the track after finishing fifth on Indian Jones.
Debt Ceiling stands quietly for the horse identifier before the Oh Say Stakes.

Larry Jones saddles Coup de Grace, one of seven three-year-olds that will contest the six-furlong race.
Snuggley Bear will also give it a shot.
Coup de Grace, left, passes Debt Ceiling (#5) before running down Favorite Tale (#9) to win the Oh Say Stakes by a neck.
Coup de Grace, ridden by Kerwin Clark, is owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm.
Pixie Dust enters the paddock for the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.

Image of Anna (#6) and Vero Amore (#7) are also in the field of three-year-old fillies.
Edwin Rivera has the mount on #5, Aibhilin.

Kendrick Carmouche rides Joint Return (#4) for trainer John Servis.
Victor Corrasco is aboard #2, Lady Paradime.
Honey's Ryan, Kerwin Clark up, passes Pixie Dust to take the lead at the start of the one and one-sixteenth mile Delaware Oaks.

from left, Image of Anna, Joint Return, Fortune Pearl and Aibhilin race toward the finish.
Fortune Pearl wins it. Joint Return finished second and Aibhilin (right) was third.
Fortune Pearl, a daughter of Mineshaft, is trained by Graham Motion and was ridden to victory in the Delaware Oaks by Trevor McCarthy.
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