Godolphin's MICHELINE will be the favorite for Saturday's running of the $150,000 Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park. The mile and 3/8ths turf race is for fillies and mares three-years-old and up and has attracted a field of nine.
MICHELINE is the four-year-old daughter of BERNARDINI and has a career record of five wins, two seconds and a third from 15 starts. She has lifetime earnings of $674,478. She is conditioned by Michael Stidham. The filly started her 2021 campaign with a win the Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on March 6th. She followed that race with a pair off-the-board races in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland and the Grade 3 Eatontown at Monmouth Park.
Trainer H. Graham Motion will also being going for his ninth career victory in the Robert G. Dick Memorial this weekend when he sends BLAME DEBBIE to the post. The four-year-old BLAME filly won the Search Stakes at Pimlico by 3 1/2 lengths. She is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Micahel Cloonan and Timothy Thorton. Last year she won the Grade 3 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. She has a career record of four wins, a second and three thirds from 12 starts with earnings of $277,920.
"I had not really planned on running her in this race before her last race, but these races are kind of just falling into place and I thought she ran nicely the other day at Pimlico," said trainer H. Graham Motion. "She did not have a hard race and they did not run fast so I feel very comfortable running her back in four weeks. The races are very similar and we get Victor (Carassco) back to ride. So with our past luck in this race and the way she has been going, it just makes sense for her to be in the race."
Since Motion won the Delaware Handicap with Power Play in 1997, he has always made a point of making sure he has starters in the big Delaware Park races. In addition to winning the Delaware Handicap and the Delaware Oaks two-times, the 57-year-old native of Cambridge, England, has won the Robert G. Dick Memorial eight of the 24 renewals. He has won with Guilty Twelve (2017), Real Smart (2016), Caprice (2009), Rosinka (2007), Alternate (2003 and 2004), New Economy (2002) and Bursting Forth (1999).
Also in the race is Jordan Wycoff's CANDY FLOWER and she may be peaking at just the right time. In her most recent start, the four-year-old daughter of TWIRLING CANDY won a mile and a sixteenth turf allowance at Belmont Park on June 17th. Previously, trained by Joseph Saffie Jr., she ran a third in a one mile turf allowance at Belmont on May 22nd. She has a career record of four wins, three seconds and a third from 11 starts with earnings of $161,092.
"She is in good form and we think this is a good sport for her," said trainer Joseph Saffie Jr. "She has been a little of an overachiever. She always tries hard and runs well. We ran her at a mile and a half once at Keeneland and she just got beat, so we feel like the mile and three eighths should suit her well, so this is a good time to test her against Graded competition."
Adapted from Delaware Park Press Release.
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