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Martini Glass earns first graded stakes win with Royal Delta

Martini Glass the Royal Delta credit Leslie Martin4HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Former claimer Martini Glass became a graded stakes winner for the first time after wearing down the 4-5 Lewis Bay to upset the Grade 3 Royal Delta, the highlight of Monday’s special 12-race holiday program at Gulfstream Park.

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Martini Glass was haltered out of her career debut by owner-trainer Keith Nations for $16,000 at Tampa Bay Downs on February 20, 2016. She gained national attention last summer after finishing second to Songbird in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap and further acclaim following her second-place finish behind Romantic Vision three months later in the Grade 1 Spinster.

Martini Glass showed her versatility on opening day of the championship meet when switching to turf to win the Claiming Crown Tiara. She had kept a steady diet of two-turn races coming into the one-mile Royal Delta, most recently finishing a troubled third in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Ladies Classic at Sam Houston.

With regular rider Paco Lopez aboard, Martini Glass saved ground while racing within easy striking distance of early pacesetters Lewis Bay and Curlin’s Approval. Martini Glass tipped three wide to commence her rally approaching the stretch before getting clear by a length at the end.

Lewis Bay, winner of the Grade 3 Rampart here coming off a 13-month layoff in her 2017 finale, contested the pace inside Curlin’s Approval, shook free turning for home but could not resist the winner while easily second-best, 3 1/4 lengths in front of the slow-starting and wide-running Verve’s Tale. Curlin’s Approval, racing without front shoes for the first time, prompted the issue to the stretch before coming up empty at that point, ultimately checking home a tiring and disappointing fifth in the field of eight older fillies and mares.

Martini Glass, a 5-year-old daughter of Kitalpha, is owned in partnership by Nations and Vince Campanella. She covered the distance over a fast track in 1:36.48 and paid $18.40.

“To be where we are with her right now is amazing,” Nations said. “We were just thrilled to death to run second to Songbird. That just made our whole year. And she’s just moved forward and gotten better. Though she maybe could have won one or two of those other stakes, but she’s been bothered by troubled starts. She’ll break a little tardy sometimes and get herself in a bad spot. We’ve always been lucky and done pretty well with our claims, but this time we overachieved.”

Nations said some people criticized him for turning her back to a mile for the Royal Delta. But he felt one of her best earlier races was her victory going seven furlongs against starter-allowance competition last spring at Tampa.

“I think she ran seven furlongs in 1:22 and was a tick or two off the track record that day,” Nations said.

“She breezes fast, she does it all within herself, she likes the slop, she likes the turf, there really isn’t anything she doesn’t like.”

Nations, who is stabled at Tampa Bay Downs, said he might stay local for Martini Glass’ next start, putting her back on the turf for the Grade 2 Hillsborough on March 10.

Take Charge Paula a commanding winner in Forward Gal

TakeChargePaula HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Peter Deutsch recently decided to increase his investment in Thoroughbreds, and the initial returns are promising. Deutsch was elated Saturday when his newly acquired Take Charge Paula ran off to a 3 1/2-length victory in the 38th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park.

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Making her first start since being privately purchased by Deutsch and turned over to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Take Charge Paula broke sharply under Paco Lopez to force all the pace in the seven-furlong Forward Gal. After putting away Heavenhasmynikki, she was easily clear of a belated run by Sultry when finishing in 1:23.47 over a fast track. The winner paid $7.40 as the slight favorite in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies.

“She’d had a couple of weeks with Kiaran and progressed really well,” said Deutsch, whose fortune emanates from the Connecticut-based Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. “At some level I’m incredibly excited, and at some level I’m not surprised because she’s already shown what a classy filly she is.”

Deutsch, 55, said he has owned horses for about seven years, with his first stakes winner being Adirondack Summer in the 2011 Dania Beach at Gulfstream. This, however, was his first graded win as an owner.

McLaughlin said the Grade 2 Davona Dale, a one-mile race here March 3, is a logical next start for Take Charge Paula, a dark bay daughter of the young sire Take Charge Indy. Deutsch said the long-term goal is the Grade 1 Test in August.

“We’ll work backward from that,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting to see what her evolution looks like.”

Easily the disappointment of the Forward Gal was Miss Mo Mentum, the 3-1 second choice who had good early position in midpack but finished a non-threatening sixth after having easily won her last two starts.

The $2 exacta (4-1) paid $38.40, the $1 trifecta (4-1-8) returned $117.60, and the 10-cent superfecta (4-1-8-3) was worth $63.50.

Paco Lopez Shines Bright On Claiming Crown Day, Voted Jockey Of The Week

Flowers-for-Lisa-the-CC-Jewel-credit-Kenny-MartinPaco Lopez was the star of Claiming Crown Day, winning three of the nine stakes in the annual event to earn Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week honors for the week ending December 3, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer.

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The only jockey to win multiple stakes last week, Paco Lopez earned the majority of votes from the panel for his performance on Claiming Crown Day at Gulfstream Park. Lopez had a mount in each of the nine Claiming Crown races on Saturday. Of the nine, he won three: the $110,000 Distaff Dash Stakes with Blue Bahia ($5.20) for trainer Jason Servis, the $125,000 Tiara Stakes with Martini Glass ($6.00) for trainer Keith Nations, and the feature race, the $200,000 Jewel Stakes with longshot Flowers for Lisa ($35.80) for trainer Jorge Navarro.

He also finished second in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury Stakes with Oak Bluffs and was third in the $110,000 Iron Horse Stakes with Solve.

With his three stakes wins, Lopez was the second leading rider by stakes earnings for the week, with $291,000 earned during his Claiming Crown appearances. He earned $331,793 for the week as the fifth leading rider by total earnings, including his race days at Aqueduct and Parx. In 2017, he has earned over $8.9 million and is ranked 14th by earnings among all North American jockeys this year.

Lopez’ three Claiming Crown victories were the only wins of his 26 mounts, but he also had four second-place finishes and four third-place finishes, giving him a win rate of 12% but an in-the-money rate of 42%. He has won 171 of his 975 starts this year and has won 2,191 races lifetime. The winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2008, Lopez has career earnings in excess of $75 million in over 11,000 starts.

Flowers for Lisa Wires Claiming Crown Jewel

Flowers for LisaBreaking from the outside post 12, Flying P Stable’s Flowers for Lisa hustled for the lead and never looked back, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Park Dec. 2.

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The win capped off a solid day for trainer Jorge Navarro, whose trainee Sharp Azteca earned his first grade 1 victory in the Cigar Mile Handicap Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) about an hour earlier.

“Jorge told me the day he claimed him that this was our Claiming Crown horse,” owner Jason Provenzano said of the 4-year-old Flower Alley gelding who was claimed for $20,000 at Monmouth Park in July.

“This is a dream for me,” he added. “The phone hasn’t stopped. I got in this game a long time ago. My father was a jockey years ago, he rode down at Bowie, Timonium, Pimlico, Marlboro—tracks that don’t even exist anymore, some of them. I fell in love with horses at a young age but I never thought I’d have the money to own them. I got in a good position in my life and we started claiming horses.”

The 19th running of the Claiming Crown marked opening day of Gulfstream’s championship meet, and record handle on the 11-race program was $11.9 million, up 7% from last year when $11.1 million was wagered. Handle in 2015 was $10.3 million. Handle on the Claiming Crown has gone up every year since Gulfstream began hosting the event in 2012.

In the 1 1/8-mile Claiming Crown Jewel, Flowers for Lisa and jockey Paco Lopez took control early and led by a length through fractions of :23.60 and :47.06 for a half-mile. With six furlongs in 1:11.28, he extended his lead to 1 1/2 lengths and then held off Flashy Jewel and Diamond Bachelor in the stretch. The final time was 1:48.76.

“I had a little bit of a bad post position, and Navarro told me to do whatever I want. I know we have a bad position, but I know the horse is ready for this race,” Lopez said. “I rushed a little out of the gate, but my horse was very responsive and we won in hand.”

Flashy Jewel put a head in front of Diamond Bachelor for second. Turco Bravo and Capital Letters rounded out the top five in the field of 12. Favored grade 2 winner Gigantic Breeze raced near the rear of the field and finished 11th. The winner returned $35.80, $16.40, and $10 across the board.

Bred by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Flowers for Lisa is out of the winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Indyan Lisa. She now has a record of 7-8-5 from 33 starts, with earnings of $276,616.

Other Claiming Crown races:

In the $110,000 Glass Slipper, Troy Onorato and Maritza Onorato’s Mended shipped in from the West Coast and won by 6 3/4 lengths. The John Martin-trained 4-year-old Broken Vow filly finished the one-mile distance in 1:36.42 over the main track with Ricardo Gonzalez up. The win was her 10th consecutive victory.

Michelle Winters’ First Growth drew clear under Gerardo Corrales for a 3 1/2-length score in the $110,000 Express. The 5-year-old Candy Ride gelding completed the six-furlong dirt event in 1:09.61 for trainer Odin J. Londono Jr.

The $110,000 Distaff Dash went to Dennis Drazin homebred Blue Bahia. Winning by 2 3/4 lengths, the Jason Servis-trained 4-year-old Wildcat Heir filly stopped the clock in :56.89 for five furlongs on the turf under Lopez.

Stephen Derany and John Rigattieri’s Twocubanbrothersu won the $110,000 Iron Horse by 1 1/2 lengths with Daniel Centeno aboard. The 7-year-old Harlington gelding, trained by Rigattieri, completed the 1 1/16-mile dirt race in 1:42.22.

In the five-furlong $110,000 Canterbury on the turf, 7-year-old Pay Any Price picked up a narrow win by a half-length. Owned by Matties Racing Stable and Averill Racing and trained by Ralph Ziadie, the Wildcat Heir gelding finished the distance in :56.49 with Edgard Zayas aboard.

Moshe Mark’s grade 2-placed Cautious Giant and jockey Emisael Jaramillo rallied to a one-length score in the $110,000 Rapid Transit. The 6-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway , who is trained by Victor Barboza Jr., finished the seven-furlong race in 1:22.78 on the dirt.

Multiple grade 1-placed Martini Glass, owned by Vince Campanella and Nation’s Racing Stable, nosed out Peru to win the 1 1/16-mile $125,000 Tiara over the turf. Trained by Keith Nations, the 4-year-old Kitalpha filly and Lopez stopped the clock in 1:46.55.

The $125,000 Emerald went to Skychai Racing’s Special Ops, who won the 1 1/16-mile turf test by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:50.41. The 6-year-old Big Brown gelding, who is trained by Mike Maker, was ridden to victory by Julien Leparoux.

Navarro gets another with Flowers for Lisa’s Claiming Crown Jewel win

NavarroFlowers for Lisa finished off a banner day for trainer Jorge Navarro Saturday, registering a front-running triumph in the $200,000 Jewel, the grand finale of the $1 million Claiming Crown and an 11-race program on the first day of Gulfstream Park’s 2017-2018 Championship Meet.

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About an hour after Navarro saddled 2017 Gulfstream Park Handicap winner Sharp Azteca for a Grade 1 victory in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, Flowers for Lisa pulled off a 16-1 upset with his 1 ½-length triumph in the Jewel, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for horses that started for a claiming price of $35,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2016.

Claimed for $20,000 by the Flying P Stable at Monmouth Park in July, Flowers for Lisa gave jockey Paco Lopez his third Claiming Crown win on Saturday’s card. The past Championship Meet titlist also scored aboard Blue Bahia in the $110,000 Distaff Dash and the Martini Glass in the $125,000 Tiara.

“I had a little bit of a bad post position, and Navarro told me to do whatever I want. I know we have a bad position, but I know the horse is ready for this race,” Lopez said. “I rushed a little out of the gate, but my horse was very responsive and we won in hand.”

Flowers for Lisa, who finished second in a $32,000 claiming race at Belmont last time out and who has won one of three starts for his new connections, was hustled out of the far-outside post position by Lopez and responded to open a clear lead into the first turn. Flashy Jewel, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, pressed the pace along the backstretch without avail, settling for second at the finish, a head in front of ground-saving Diamond Bachelor.

The winning 4-year-old gelding ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.76 after setting fractions of 23.06 (seconds), 47.06, 1:11.28 and 1:35.67 through the first mile.

“Jorge told me the day he claimed him that this was our Claiming Crown horse. This is a dream for me. The phone hasn’t stopped. I got in this game a long time ago. My father was a jockey years ago, he rode down at Bowie, Timonium, Pimlico, Marlboro, tracks that don’t even exist anymore, some of them,” owner Jason Provenzano said. “I fell in love with horses at a young age but I never thought I’d have the money to own them. I got in a good position in my life and we started claiming horses.”

Gigantic Breeze, the 2-1 favorite who won the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes over Woodbine’s Polytrack surface in his most recent race, was never a factor in his first career start on dirt.

Fire Key earns first stakes win in Autumn Days

fire key the autumn days 2OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Fire Key capped a busy and successful 4-year-old campaign Sunday at Aqueduct, getting a perfect trip under Paco Lopez and rolling to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Autumn Days Stakes for fillies and mares, the final turf stakes of the year on this circuit.

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Sitting fourth along the inside early on, Fire Key was swung into the 3 path turning for home, and she caught and passed Ultra Brat inside the final furlong to get her first stakes victory and trainer Pat Kelly’s first stakes win in six years.

“It’s been a while,” said Kelly, whose most recent stakes win had come with Spa City Fever in the Alex M. Robb on Dec. 31, 2011.

Two starts back, Fire Key finished second in the Sensible Lady Turf Stakes at Laurel Park. Earlier this month, Fire Key was beaten a nose by First of Spring in a swiftly run allowance race.

On Sunday, Fire Key was second to no one as she sat patiently along the inside while Mo’ne Davis and Ultra Brat dueled through fractions of 23.13 seconds for the quarter and 46.50 for the half-mile. Lopez had no issue swinging Fire Key into the clear turning for home, and the filly did the rest.

Stormy Victoria, the 5-2 favorite, prevailed in a four-horse battle for second by a neck over First of Spring, who was third by a neck over Ultra Brat, who was fourth by a neck over Always Thinking.

Lopez was subbing for Rajiv Maragh, who was at Del Mar on Sunday. Maragh had ridden Fire Key in four of her last five starts and had gotten the filly to settle in her races.

“Maragh had been getting her to relax in her last few starts and finish, and today it worked out even better. She really finished,” Kelly said. “We thought there’d be speed from the outside and she could sit in there and take advantage from that post position and that she’d finish good, and she did.”

Fire Key, a daughter of Friesan Fire owned and bred by Backwards Stable, covered the six furlongs in 1:09.23 and returned $12.

Kelly said Fire Key will have a break and return in the spring, looking for more stakes success.

“We’ll have her back next spring and have some fun, I think,” Kelly said.

Take Charge Paula holds firm to win Smart Halo Stakes

Take Charge PaulaTake Charge Paula won a pace battle and just lasted over the closing Caught Dream’n to win the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Laurel Park.

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Take Charge Paula was part of a three-horse speed duel with Vertrazzo and Tarawa, the trio setting splits of 22.33 and 46.29 seconds. Tarawa caved, but Vertrazzo stayed on gamely, Take Charge Paula finally taking her measure in the final half-furlong as Caught Dream’n’s late outside run fell just short of the winner.

Chris DeCarlo, the jockey on fourth-place Pacific Gale, lodged an objection against Paco Lopez on Take Charge Paula, alleging interference in upper stretch, and the stewards also posted an inquiry into the incident. But it was actually Vertrazzo who was drifting out, coming into Take Charge Paula’s path as Pacific Gale, just behind that pair and inside another horse, was briefly short of room.

“[Vertrazzo] did bother us a little, but the filly was pretty game,” said Kelly Breen, who trains Take Charge Paula for Bruce Tallisman.

Caught Dream’n, beaten a head, was three-quarters of a length better than Vertrazzo, who held well for a 21-1 shot. Take Charge Paula ($7.40) was the 5-2 second choice behind the narrowly favored Pacific Gale. Jehozacat, who also was 5-2, had a good spot on the inside and just behind the speed but lacked a stretch punch and finished fifth.

By Take Charge Indy and out of the Songandaprayer mare Perfect Paula, Take Charge Paula won for the third time in five starts. She flopped when tried around two turns in the Pocahontas at Churchill but has three wins and a second in her one-turn tries.

• The odds-on My Magician won the $75,000 Geisha Stakes for older Maryland-bred fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths. Jomar Torres rode My Magician for the Euro Stable and trainer Claudio Gonzalez, who claimed My Magician for $25,000 on May 17 and now have won three times – including two stakes – from five starts with the 5-year-old mare, a daughter of Street Magician and My Rib, by Partner’s Hero. My Magician ($3.40) ran a one-turn mile in 1:37.40. Moon Virginia was second, with Lucky Malibu third.

“SHAERP AZRECA” WINDS G2 $300,000 KELSO

Sharp AztecaELMONT, N.Y. – Jorge Navarro allowed himself to smile, even if just for a moment.

Navarro was at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon to watch Sharp Azteca gallop to a four-length victory in the Grade 2, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, most likely earning Sharp Azteca a trip to Southern California and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 3.

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But Navarro knows that his horse’s on-track performance will be only part of the story any time he runs a horse. Navarro has a cloud over his head after a video surfaced of him and one of his owners using obscenities and hinting of impropriety as they watched from Monmouth Park a horse trained by his brother, Marcial, win a race at Gulfstream Park in August.

The widely circulated video prompted several tracks to bar Navarro’s horses from running until at least the New Jersey Racing Commission wrapped up its investigation into the case. On Wednesday, Navarro was fined $10,000 – increased from an initial fine of $5,000 – and he was placed on probation for one year.

“It’s not over yet,” Navarro said. “What happened at Monmouth Park, it’s going to take awhile for me to earn people’s trust again. But I’m going to do it.”

There were some fans on the rail outside of the Belmont winner’s circle who wanted to get loud, but were told by NYRA security to be quiet. One fan chanted “Hypo-dermic” but other comments were rather innocuous.

Of the fans, Navarro said, “I’m going to take it. I’m going to show them that I’m a good guy. If I have to earn their trust, I’m going to do it. I won’t give up.”

Navarro said he was somewhat nervous during the day, wondering if he was going to get a call from the New York stewards telling him he would have to scratch his horse.

“Nothing but appreciation for what they’ve done,” Navarro said. “They accepted my horse and I owe them.”

As far as the race went, Sharp Azteca looked like the lone speed on paper, but jockey Paco Lopez said he would have been content to sit off another horse. Sharp Azteca had a half-length lead over Bird Song through a quarter mile in 23.50, and the lead was down to a head after a half-mile in 46.48.

Bird Song was struggling to keep up, but Divining Rod made a menacing move around the turn and looked he might be a threat. But Sharp Azteca was just too good and he pulled away easily, drawing off to win by four lengths while being taken in hand by Lopez. Divining Rod was second, 5 1/4 lengths ahead of Tom’s Ready. Tommy Macho, Ross, and Bird Song completed the order of finish.

“After what we have gone through the last two weeks what else can I ask?” Navarro said. “He’s put a smile on my face.”

Navarro said he would have been much happier had Lopez asked him to run earlier than he did.

“I’m the type of guy if a horse is going to win, let him win; why wait?” Navarro said. “[Lopez] said ‘at the three-eighths pole, I was thinking about you, you’re going to kill me.’ ”

Lopez said he was hoping for a similar trip as he got on Sharp Azteca in the Monmouth Cup, where he sat off another horse before rolling to a 7 1/2-length victory.

“I didn’t want to go too fast, I wanted to be second or third, he relaxed very good last time,” Lopez said. “I had plenty of horse. The other horse is almost head to head with my horse, but my horse was very relaxed, he was not aggressive. When I asked him he wanted to go.”

Sharp Azteca, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Freud, covered the mile in 1:34.12 and returned $3 as the favorite.

Navarro said Sharp Azteca was scheduled to return to Monmouth Park on Saturday night and would prepare there for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. On the same van back to Monmouth was scheduled to be El Deal, whom Navarro shipped up to work – he went five eighths in 1:00.91 Saturday morning – for next Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh.

El Deal, as was the case with Sharp Azteca, will be required to be back on the Belmont grounds Wednesday, at which time he will be placed under security.

“If NYRA wants me here on Tuesday, I’ll be here on Tuesday, whatever they want,” he said. “I’m here to work with them.”

Money’soncharlotte notches fourth straight victory

Money soncharlotteMoney’soncharlotte continued her win streak with a 1 1/4-length victory over Martini Glass in the $200,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes Saturday at Thistledown, while the latter continued her streak of tough beats in stakes competition.

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Money’soncharlotte, trained by Kelly Breen, has now won four consecutive races – three of those stakes. She arrived at Thistledown off a win in the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth, which was preceded by the Lady’s Secret Stakes at the same track. Martini Glass, meanwhile, came into the Lady Jacqueline having finished second by a neck in the Obeah Stakes, and then second by a length to two-time Eclipse Award champion Songbird in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap last month.

Money’soncharlotte, with Paco Lopez in the irons, stalked the pace set by longshot Put Up With It, a length behind through a half in 48.28 seconds. She edged up to head the leader through six furlongs in 1:13.60 and easily took over to power clear in the lane for the victory. Martini Glass, bumped at the start and steadied early, rallied but had to settle for second, edging Mo d’Amout by three-quarters of a length.

The final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:51.48.

Earlier in the card, Nikki My Darling turned back the formidable Justalittlesmoke, who had been unbeaten on the season, to win the $75,000 Pay the Man Stakes for Ohio-bred fillies and mares.

Nikki My Darling, with Luis Colon aboard for trainer Jeffrey Radosevich, led wire to wire for the victory, repelling Justalittlesmoke when the favorite drew within a length after six furlongs, and powering clear to an eight-length score. She stopped the clock in 1:43.82 for the 1 1/16-mile race.

Justalittlesmoke held second by 4 1/2 lengths over Star Mabee.

This was the third career stakes victory for Nikki My Darling, who now has back-to-back stakes scores. The filly finished sixth in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont in June and rebounded for a 6 1/2-length win in the Norm Barron Queen City Oaks at Belterra, establishing a track record for 1 1/8 miles.

Lopez follows Take Charge Paula to Delaware for White Clay Creek

Paco Lopez rides infrequently at Delaware Park, but when he does, it’s usually with a narrow purpose. The star jockey will make one of those trips to the Stanton, Del., track Wednesday to ride a filly named Take Charge Paula in the $50,000 White Clay Creek.

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Trainer Kelly Breen has enlisted Lopez to fly in from upstate New York and reunite with Take Charge Paula, a 4 1/4-length winner of her only start. That eye-catching score at Monmouth Park was enough to make Take Charge Paula the morning-line favorite in the White Clay Creek, the eighth of nine races on a card that starts at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.

“She’s a quick filly that should like a little more ground,” said Breen. “Paco likes her a lot.”

Nine 2-year-old fillies are entered in the White Clay Creek, but Bronx Beauty is a likely scratch after winning the Colleen Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth.

Take Charge Paula, owned by Bruce Tallisman, will break from post 2 in the 5 1/2-furlong race. For Lopez, who has been riding regularly at Saratoga after splitting time between Monmouth and Belmont, this is his fourth quick trip in and out of Delaware this year. Since his first Delaware ride in 2011, he has gone 15 for 55, including 1 for 4 at the 2017 meet.

Lopez was aboard Take Charge Paula on July 7, when fans pounded the filly down to 7-10 odds for her debut. She did not disappoint, controlling the five-furlong race from the outset to earn a 63 Beyer Speed Figure.

Perhaps the main threat to Take Charge Paula will be starting just to her inside: Contrarity (post 1, Katie Davis) will be trying to improve on a 2-for-3 record that includes a four-length allowance score in her latest start July 12 at Delaware.

Other notables include Prancing Warrior and Trickizar, the one-two finishers in a key Delaware maiden race in early June, and Pikachu Princess, a winner of her lone career attempt for trainer Gina Rosenthal. Rounding out the lineup are Dialin, Brexit Revenge, and Miss Deplorable.

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