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DARK NILE WINS THE OUR MIMSThe Maryland-based filly Dark Nile remained perfect in three starts since she began racing around two turns by running down 9-5 favorite Browse in Wednesday’s $50,625 Our Mims Stakes
for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park. The Our Mims, at a mile and 70 yards, is a local prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Delaware Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on July 9.

Dark Nile ($16.20), ridden for the first time by Joe Bravo, was a close-up fourth, 2 1/2 lengths behind pacesetter Browse, through six furlongs in 1:13.01. Bravo urged Dark Nile to launch her
rally from the outside during the stretch drive. She put a head in front of Browse at the eighth pole and prevailed by three-quarters of a length, completing the distance in 1:44.47 over a surface rated “good.”

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Browse, shipping in from New York for trainer Shug McGaughey following a nose victory in a firstlevel optional $80,000 claimer a month ago, was a clear second under Jose Ortiz. It was another
4 3/4 lengths back to 15-1 outsider Dreams to Reality. Miss Inclusive, coming off a win in the $101,000 Parx Oaks, was fourth, 2 3/4 lengths behind Dreams to Reality. Martini Glass, the $16,000 claim who had won her first three career starts, finished seventh at 8-1. The Chad Brown-trained Clair de Lune was ninth at 3-1. A daughter of Pioneerof the Nile ( trained by Arnaud Delacour for WinStar Farm, Dark Nile is now 3 for 4 lifetime with earnings of $63,980. Delacour said Dark Nile is a possibility for the Delaware Oaks.

“If she comes back well, we will consider it,” Delacour said. “We have plenty of options with her since she is a Pennsylvania-bred, but the Delaware Oaks would be a nice place to come back
because she likes the track.”


MIDDLEBURG-GIVES-BRAVO-CLEMENT-THEIR-5TH-WIN-IN-G3-RED-BANKNobody has won the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park more often than trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Joe Bravo. Clement and Bravo each claimed their fifth Red Bank victory when they teamed up with 2-1 favorite Middleburg in the one-mile turf stakes Sunday afternoon.

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Middleburg ($6.60), whose previous two races on Monmouth’s turf course last summer produced a win in the Grade 3 Cliffhanger and a nose loss in the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup, came into Sunday’s $100,000 race following a head defeat in the Grade 3 Miami Mile in his 6-year-old debut on April 30. Bravo had Middleburg in third, just a half-length behind pacesetter Fredericksburg, through six furlongs in 1:10.38. Rose Brier, racing in second throughout the race, put a head in front at the eighth pole, but Middleburg kicked clear inside the sixteenth pole and held off a late charge by Vyack to prevail by a neck. It was three-quarters of a length back to Rose Brier in third. The winning time on firm turf was 1:33.62.

“It’s fun riding the best horse,” said Bravo, who last won the Red Bank in 2013 aboard the Clement-trained Za Approval. “Not too many horses have the turn of foot that he has. “We got the perfect trip in behind horses and he settled great,” Bravo added. “Around the turn we moved to the outside and he just ran those horses down.”

A son of Lemon Drop Kid ( owned by Bertram and Diana Firestone, Middleburg has now won 6 of 19 starts and $429,760.


TAKE-COVER-WINS-$150,000-PA-GOVERNOR'S-CUPVeteran Ben’s Cat was upstaged by a youngster who looks to have a good future ahead of him June 4 in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Charging to his third straight victory and picking up his first stakes score, that youngster, Take Cover, took over in the five-furlong turf sprint while Ben’s Cat finished third. The race was a first step into stakes competition for Take Cover, a 4-year-old War Front runner trained by Alan Goldberg for Colt’s Neck Stables. Although it took him six starts with a few gaps between races before he broke his maiden, the dark bay colt is undefeated since finally finding the winner’s circle for the first time March 4 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. An April 29 allowance win at Laurel Park proved a stepping-stone to next-level success, which Take Cover achieved in the Governor’s Cup under jockey Joe Bravo.

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Take Cover closed from fourth after rating behind opening fractions of :22.54 and :44.66 set by Spring to the Sky and Boot Scootn Daddy. He swung out as the field turned for home and passed the leaders en route to a final time of :56 flat on firm turf. Spring to the Sky held for second, while Ben’s Cat—favored at 6-5 in the sevenhorse field—managed a mild rally from fifth to third. Fourth-choice at odds of 9-2, the winner returned $11, $5.60, and $3. Spring to the Sky brought $5.80 and $2.60. Ben’s Cat returned $2.10.

Take Cover was bred in Kentucky by Padua Stables out of the Farma Way mare Juliet’s Way. He was a private purchase by Colt’s Neck after failing to meet his reserve for $320,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in 2012 when consigned by Three Chimneys Farm.


Brandy's-Girl-impresses-in-Crank-It-Up-Stakes---Daily-Racing-FormBrandy’s Girl delivered as the heavy favorite in the $61,200 Crank It Up Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park, drawing off down the lane to score by 2 1/2 lengths for her first stakes victory over open company.

With Paco Lopez aboard, Brandy’s Girl broke sharply from the gate in the 5 1/2- furlong turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies. She initially contested the pace three wide with Un Po Di Vino and Tizanillusion before settling into third in the field of nine. Brandy’s Girl made a three-wide move toward the front around the turn and easily pulled away down the stretch, stopping the
clock in 1:03.14. Tizanillusion held on for second, half a length ahead of World Peace, who was a nose better than April Gaze.

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“She wanted the lead right from the start, but I was able to get her to calm down and sit just off the speed,” said Lopez, who won four races on the 11-race card. “I let her run around the far turn, and she just took off from there. She’s a really nice filly.”

Brandy’s Girl ($3.20), a daughter of Posse ( bred, owned, and trained by Edwin T. Broome, has now won four of seven career starts for $147,890. She defeated fellow Florida-breds in the $100,000 Juvenile Filly Sprint on the main track at Gulfstream Park West in November and was running well in the open, $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park in February when she clipped heels with another horse and went down at the three-sixteenths pole, severely injury jockey Rafael Hernandez.

The filly returned to the races in April, winning an optional $62,500 claimer on the Gulfstream grass. She’s 2 for 3 on turf and 2 for 4 on dirt.

“Ever since she clipped heels down at Gulfstream, she’s been so aggressive but a little uneasy running up along horses,” Broome said. “Today, Paco was able to get her to relax outside of
runners, and when he asked, she responded. He thinks she’ll go longer, so we may try her at a distance down the road. We’ll see how she comes back and make our plan from there.”


isabela sings displays new tacticIsabella Sings’s speed has served her well on occasion and hindered her at other times. On Sunday in the $82,000 Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park, she showed a new dimension by sitting off the early leaders. The result was a 1 1/2-length victory in the mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Isabella Sings has been a hit-the-ground-running type of filly throughout her career. In the Miss Liberty, My Sweet Girl, Cali Thirty Seven, and Speed Seeker broke sharply from their inside posts and Paco Lopez decided to keep Isabella Sings off the pace. He took her down to the inside and was able to keep her relatively quiet while tracking the front-runners.

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My Sweet Girl and Speed Seeker ended up on the front end while Cali Thirty Seven raced just to the outside of Isabella Sings. The fractions were quick over the sun-baked course with the quarter-mile going in 22.72 seconds and the half in 45.43. On the far turn, My Sweet Girl took the lead and Speed Seeker and Cali Thirty Seven began to back up. Lopez sent Isabella Sings outside My Sweet Girl nearing the quarter pole. She took the lead in upper stretch and pulled away.
Isabella Sings paid $4.20 as the favorite in the 10-horse field. She was timed in 1:33.61 after My Sweet Girl completed six furlongs in a blistering 1:08.64.

Isabella Sings, a 4-year-old daughter of Eskendereya who is owned and was bred by Siena Farms, now has a 14-5-4-0 record and earnings of $391,950. She had faced division leader Tepin in her two starts prior to the Miss Liberty, finishing seventh in the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day and second, beaten only a length, in the Grade 2
Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in March.

Chicago shipper Seeking Treasure rallied to finish second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Miss Atomic Bomb. My Sweet Girl was fourth, three-quarters of a length farther back.
Seeking Treasure and Miss Atomic Bomb both raced at the rear of the field in the early going.

Speed Seeker and Cali Thirty Seven ended up eighth and ninth, respectively.

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