Delaware Oaks goes to Sincerely

Maryland-trained filly gets 6th win in 11 starts

July 23, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Sincerely, trained by Maryland-based H. Graham Motion, won the Grade III $250,000 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park yesterday in Stanton.

With Mike McCarthy, Delaware Park's leading jockey, astride, the daughter of Meadowlake posted a three-quarter-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile race in 1 minute, 43.83 seconds.

Trip, the 8-5 favorite in the field of five, ran second. It was an additional 1 1/4 lengths back to Valleydar and jockey Robert Colton. Valleydar set early fractions of 46.77 for the half-mile and 1:10.71 for the three-quarters.

Sincerely now has six wins in 11 starts with earnings of $302,100.

Asked where she may run next, Motion said: "I have not thought that far ahead yet. We could consider Saratoga.

"I think this filly is a much better filly now than when she was at Gulfstream. Since we put the blinkers on her, she has been a different filly."

Earlier yesterday, Camella closed to win the $150,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup.

The 5-year-old daughter of Housebuster won by a neck and covered the 1 3/8 miles in 2:17 3/5 on a firm turf course.

Sharp Apple, trained by Michael Dickinson at his Tapeta Farm in Cecil County, and Free Vacation finished tied for the second.

Also yesterday, Talk's Cheap, with Mike Luzzi astride, won the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Memorial by a neck.

Over to You, trained by Scott Lake at Laurel, finished second. Smart Guy, a Maryland-bred son of Smarten and Royal Tali, finished third.

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