Quick returner favored in DelPark's 2013 first graded stake

By Sean Greene 12:15am, June 14, 2013
Bryan's Jewel heads to the winner's circle after winning last week. (Courtesy: Delaware Park)
Bryans Jewel will try to win her second race in eight days if she runs in the $100,000 Grade III Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park Saturday afternoon.

The five-year-old claimed the $75,000 John Rooney Stakes last Saturday in a race that was taken off the turf for her 3rd victory at the Stanton oval. Her trainer McLean Robertson says there's a simple reason to run the morning-line 7-to-5 shot in the Obeah.

"Mostly, she looks like the best horse in the race to me. It makes sense at least to at least enter. She'll gallop Saturday morning, if she looks strong, we'll lead her over and run her and hope she's good enough."

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Another reason to run the horse could be the Grade III status of the race, which could make Bryans Jewel more valuable after her racing career is over.

Other contenders in the race named after the 1969 and 1970 winner of the Delaware Handicap include Access to Charlie, coming off a 2nd place finish in February's Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Pimlico, and And Why Not, returning after placing 8th in the 1 1/2 mile Grade III Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland (Ky.) back in April.

The field in post-position order (morning line odds): Access to Charlie (3-1), Star Tizzy Fit (10-1), Bryans Jewel (7-5), Ciguaraya (8-1), Fire Assay (6-1), And Why Not (7-2).

The Obeah is the major local prep for July's $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap. This year marks the first time the DelCap will be run at the highest classification in North American racing since the 1980s.

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