Delaware Oaks 2014 Contenders & Odds

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Delaware Oaks is on tap for Delaware Park in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, July 5. Three year old fillies will take to Delaware Park's main track and go 1 1/16 miles as they chase the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.

A field of eight three year old fillies will line up in the Delaware Oaks - race 9 on Delaware Park`s Saturday card. Post time is 4:51 PM. Here is a brief look into the past performances of all eight combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.

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Joint Return - John Servis trained filly raced in graded stakes company for the first time March 29 and had her worst career effort - a fifth in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks on a surface her trainer mentioned didn't suit the filly but bounced back with a win in the minor Calder Oaks April 12. Last time out she returned to the winner`s circle in the minor Our Mims Stakes - a key Delaware Oaks prep on this track June 4 after a troubled fourth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes May 16 at Pimlico. She also had a 4 1/2 length win in the minor Busher Stakes at Aqueduct February 1 after a pair of wins at Parx this past winter. She has won five of eight career starts with a third place finish but will be looking to break through in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday. Kendrick Carmouche has the call from post 4 aboard the 5-2 morning line favorite and 120 pound high weight.

Fortune Pearl - H Graham Motion trained filly has two wins and two seconds and a third place finish in six career starts and posted a good third last time out in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico in May. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming at Pimlico track May 2 and a fifth and a second respectively in a pair of Starter Optional Claiming races at Gulfstream. She enters in OK form having place in her last two starts overall. Fortune Pearl will have Trevor McCarthy in the reins from the outside post as the morning line second choice - 7-2 odds.

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Lady Paradime - Kelly Breen trained filly has seven career starts with three wins - two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores earlier this year - one on this track before an eleventh in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Delaware Park June 7. She hopes to get back to her winning form in just her second career stakes race from post 2 with Victor Carrasco in the saddle. Lady Paradime is the co-third choice on the morning line - 9-2 odds.

Image of Anna - has six career starts for trainer Richard Violette and is coming off an OK second in the minor Our Mims Stakes on this track June 4 - after an eleventh in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in May. This after a two race win streak - an Allowance at Aqueduct April 16 and a maiden score by 7 3/4 lengths on that same track in March. She looks for her first stakes score Saturday with Daniel Centeno in the saddle from the gate 6 at 9-2 odds.

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Vero Amore - has nine career starts with two wins, three seconds and a third place finish - the seconds coming two back behind Stopcharginmaria and ahead of Joint Return in the Grade 2 Black-Eyes Susan Stakes at 15- odds at Pimlico May 16 and in minor stakes action at Aqueduct - the Ruthless Stakes January 12 and the Busher Stakes February 1. However, Vero Amore is coming off a career worst effort - a twelfth in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Delaware Park June 7. She had two straight wins at Parx last year and fourth in the Grade 2 Gazelle in April of this year as well. Jockey Frankie Pennington picks up the mount looking for a bounce back from post 7 at 5-1 odds.

Pixie Dust - has four career starts for trainer James Lawrence with two wins, a second and a third place finish. She is coming off a third in her stakes debut - the minor New Start Stakes at Penn National June 14 after a win in an Allowance at Parx May 27, a second in a similar race at Penn National May 2 and a maiden score at first asking April 1 at Parx. Pixie Dust leaves from the rail at 10-1 odds with Alex Cintron aboard.

Honey's Ryan - has four career starts for trainer Kenneth Marshall with three wins and a third place finish. She enters on a three race win streak including the minor E.L. Gaylord Memorial at Remington Park two back in October and an Allowance score at Thistletown May 28 - after seven months away. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time Saturday in good form with Kerwin Clark in the reins from the 3-hole at 12-1 odds.

Aibhilin - Cathal Lynch trained filly has six career starts with two wins and a third place finish. She enters off consecutive fourths in minor stakes action on this track - last time out in the Jersey Girls Stakes May 26 and before that the Chelsea Flower Stakes in October. Before that was her first stakes win - the minor Selima Stakes at Laurel Park September 21 and another fourth in the minor Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday in so-so form with Edwin Rivera in the reins from post 5 on the longest shot in the field - 15-1 odds.

2014 Delaware Oaks Entries & Odds

Race 9 on Delaware Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:51 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Pixie Dust A. Cintron J. Lawrence, II
2 Lady Paradime V. Carrasco K. Breen
3 Honey's Ryan K. Clark K. Marshall
4 Joint Return K. Carmouche J. Servis
5 Aibhilin E. Rivera C. Lynch
6 Image of Anna D. Centeno R. Violette, Jr.
7 Vero Amore F. Pennington R. Reid, Jr.
8 Fortune Pearl T. McCarthy H. Motion

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