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Edited Delaware Park Press Release
Updated: July 05, 2023

Idiomatic Headlines Field of Six in 2023 Delaware Handicap

Idiomatic (Juddmonte Farms) tops a field of six in the 86th running of the $500,000 Delaware Handicap (Grade II) at Delaware Park this Saturday, July 8. This will be the first year the filly and mare classic will be contested at the distance of mile and three sixteenths after being run at the distance of a mile and a quarter every year since 1951 (except 2020 when race was run at mile and an eighth due to the pandemic).

The Delaware Handicap has been carded as the ninth race with an approximate post time of 4:46 p.m.

2023 Delaware Handicap Field & Odds

Race 9 at Delaware Park on Saturday, July 8 - Post 4:46 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Royal Take Charge 8-1 Reylu Gutierrez
115 Lbs
Albert Stall, Jr.
2 Battle Bling 6-1 Angel Cruz
118 Lbs
Rob Atras
3 Idiomatic 7-5 Florent Geroux
121 Lbs
Brad Cox
4 Gamestonks 12-1 Kevin Gomez
115 Lbs
Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon
5 Classy Edition 7-2 Kendrick Carmouche
118 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
6 Morning Matcha 5-2 Paco Lopez
118 Lbs
Robert Reid, Jr.

In her most recent, Idiomatic notched a 2 ½-length victory in the mile and a sixteenth Grade III Shawnee at Churchill Downs on June 3. Previously, the 4-year-old daughter of Curlin ran second in the one-mile Grade II Ruffian at Belmont Park on May 6. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Brad Cox has a career record of five wins, a second and two thirds from eight starts with earnings of $474,490.

LC Racing, Cash is King and Gary Barber's Morning Matcha could give Robert "Butch," Reid, Jr. a rare training double by winning the Delaware Oaks and the Delaware Handicap in the same year. Todd Pletcher and Jerry Hollendorfer are the only trainers to win both races in the same year. Pletcher won both with Adieu (Oaks) and Fleet Indian (DelCap) in 2006 and Hollendorfer won both with It Tiz Well (Oaks) and Songbird (DelCap) in 2017.

Reid won his second Delaware Oaks last Saturday, with Foggy Night. The 66-year-old from Woodbury, New Jersey won his first Delaware Oaks with Project Whiskey in 2020. He has never had a starter in the Delaware Handicap.

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"For me personally, it is fantastic to have this opportunity especially because Delaware Park is a racetrack I group up within a half-hour of, so we were always watching those big races," said Reid. "As a kid, we were always coming to Delaware Park and those were races we always looked forward to coming to watch so this is really exciting. We have been fortunate to be very lucky at Delaware over the last few years."

In her most recent, Morning Matcha, finished second beaten a nose in the local prep, the mile and a sixteenth $160,000 Obeah Stakes, on May 27. In her only other outing this year, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Central Banker posted a 2-length triumph in the seven-furlong state-bred $103,000 Unique Bella Stakes at Parx on April 24.

Last year, the 4-year-old had a record of two wins, two seconds and three thirds from ten starts including a third in the Delaware Oaks, a second in the Cotillion at Parx and a third in the Comley at Aqueduct. She has a career record of five wins, six seconds and five thirds from 19 starts with earnings of $743,390. She was bred by Crane Thoroughbred Services located approximately 74 miles from Delaware Park in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

"I am pretty excited about Morning Matcha, especially after looking at the past performances of the race," Reid said. "It looks like there is a fair amount of speed in the race, so it should set up really nice for her. The reason we ran her in the Obeah was to give her a race over the track this season. As a trainer who has been running horses at Delaware Park for a long time, I really appreciate giving a horse a race over the track. Hopefully that will work to our advantage. It seems like she handled it last time, but she just had a little bad luck. A little bit longer distance should help her as well because she is the kind that can run all day. The distance should be right up her alley."

Her jockey Paco Lopez will also be shooting for the Delaware Oaks/Delaware Handicap double as he was the rider aboard Foggy Night in the Delaware Oaks last Saturday. The last time a jockey won both races in the same year was 1977 when John Velasquez accomplished the feat aboard Cum Laude Laurie (Oaks) and Our Mims (DelCap). Three other jockeys have also done so. They were Eddie Maple with Pacific Princess (Oaks) and Optimistic Gal (DelCap) in 1976, John Rotz with Gallant Bloom (Oaks) and Obeah (DelCap) in 1969 and William Hartack with Bayou (Oaks) and Princess Turia (DelCap) in 1957.

Since the Obeah Stakes was inaugurated in 1996, four fillies or mares have won the race and followed with a victory in the Delaware Handicap. They were the 2006 older female champion Fleet Indian, I'm a Chatterbox in 2016, Miss Marissa in 2021 and Miss Leslie last year. Two fillies have finished second in the Obeah and won the Delaware Handicap. They were Power Play in 1997 and Unbridled Belle in 2007. Three winners of the Obeah Stakes have followed by running second in the Delaware Handicap. They were Under the Rug in 2001, Your Out in 2002 and the 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.

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