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Anna Delovely Upsets Hialeah Stakes

Grade 1-placed filly breaks maiden with stakes win.

December 22, 2013

Barbara Chase and Vanessa Bartoo’s Anna Delovely, the eighth-fastest qualifier in the trials three weeks ago, wore down pacesetter JA Gols Playboy in the final yards to win Sunday’s $88,880 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Futurity (R) at Hialeah Park.

The sorrel daughter of Furyofthewind made up for a non-threatening fourth-place try in her December 1 qualifier by breaking alertly under jockey Omar Reyes, finding clear sailing in the middle of the track and surging late to win by one length while recording a time of :17.647 for 350 yards.

“I knew she would run much better today,” said winning rider Reyes. “She didn’t break well in the trials, but today was completely different. With 200 yards to go, I asked her for more, she dug in hard, and she gave me all she had in the final yards.”

Anna Delovely, who was still a maiden entering her seventh lifetime start, scored for trainer John Stinebaugh. Although winless before this victory, the filly did finish a close second in the West Texas Futurity (G1) at Sunland Park in April and also second in a trial to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and fourth in a Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) trial.

The winner, bred in Missouri by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale, earned $38,091 for her victory and increased her lifetime earnings to $89,294. Sent off at 7-1 in the wagering, she rewarded her pari-mutuel backers with a juicy $17.20 win payoff.

The race did not go as expected for the fastest two qualifiers, Eye Go Steakin and A Tac Bunny. The former, off at 3-1 odds, loomed into contention mid-race but flattened out late and finished fifth, while the latter, the 8-5 favorite, was off a step slowly and bumped, trailed throughout and finished ninth and last.

After Anna Delovely and JA Gols Playboy, the remaining order of finish was: Spittin Jessie, Zoomininthewind, Eye Go Streakin, Jazzing Dreamer, Streakin Gatorgirl, TMF Good Cartel and A Tac Bunny.