Motion Looking For Ninth Victory In Delaware Park’s Robert G. Dick Memorial

Motion Looking For Ninth Victory In Delaware Park’s Robert G. Dick Memorial


Godolphin’s Micheline tops the $150,000, Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del., on Saturday.  The 1 3/8-mile turf affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of nine.

Micheline, a 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini, has a career record of five wins, two seconds and a third from 15 starts with earnings of $674,478.  This year, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by Michael Stidham has one win from three starts. She opened her 2021 campaign with a score in the Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on March 6.  She followed with a pair of off-the-board races in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland on April 10 and the Grade 3 Eatontown at Monmouth Park on June 20.

Trainer H. Graham Motion will be going for his ninth career victory in the Robert G. Dick Memorial when he sends Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Micahel Cloonan and Timothy Thornton’s Blame Debbie postward.  In her only outing this year, the 4-year-old daughter of Blame posted a 3 ½-length score in the mile and a half Searching Stakes at Pimlico on June 13.  Last year, the Kentucky-bred had a record of two wins and two thirds from eight starts including a victory in the Grade 3 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. She has a career record of four wins, a second and three thirds from 12 starts with earnings of $277,920.


“I had not really planned on running her in this race before her last race, but these races are kind of just falling into place and I thought she ran nicely the other day at Pimlico,” said trainer H. Graham Motion.  “She did not have a hard race and they did not run fast so I feel very comfortable running her back in four weeks.  The races are very similar and we get Victor (Carrasco) back to ride.  So with our past luck in this race and the way she has been going, it just makes sense for her to be in the race.”

Jordan Wycoff’s Candy Flower may be peaking just at the right time.  In her most recent, the 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy won a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance at Belmont Park on June 17.  Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. ran third in a one mile turf allowance at Belmont Park on May 22.  She has a career record of four wins, three seconds and a third from eleven starts with earnings of $161,092.

“She is in good form and we think this a good spot for her,” said Joseph.  “She has been a little of an overachiever.  She always tries hard and runs well.  We ran her at a mile and a half once at Keeneland and she just got beat, so we feel like the mile and three eighths should suit her well, so this is a good time to test her against Graded competition.”

$150,000 Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial, fillies & mares 3-year-olds and upward,

1 3/8 miles on turf

1 Hotsy Totsy Reeves Thoroughbreds Amber Cobb Jaime Rodriguez 118 15-1
2 Candy Flower Jordan Wycoff Saffie Joseph Jr Sheldon Russell 120 8-1
3 Blame Debbie Eclipse Thoroughbred H. Graham Motion Victor Carrasco 122 9/2
4 Micheline Godolphin Michael Stidham Joe Bravo 124 5/2
5 Temple City Terror Pocket Aces Racing Brendan Walsh Florent Geroux 122 6-1
6 Tonal Verse Heights Stable H. Graham Motion Carol Cedeno 118 15-1
7 Luck Money Catherine Wills Arnaud Delacour Mychel Sanchez 118 10-1
8 Dailka Bal Mar Equine Albert Stall Jr Miguel Mena 122 7/2
9 La Dragontea Reeves Thorughbreds Christophe Clement Trevor McCarthy 120 8-1
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