The Grade III, $300,000 Delaware Oaks is the Fourth of July feature at Delaware Park. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of eight, led by the one-two finishers in Oaklawn’s Gardenia Stakes, PIECE OF MY HEART and COMICAL. Post time for the Delaware Oaks, Race 8 on a 10-race holiday program, is 4:45 p.m. ET.
#2 PIECE OF MY HEART (2-1, morning-line favorite) has won each of her last two route races, including the Gardenia Stakes over COMICAL, in gate-to-wire fashion. She projects to be the controlling speed on Saturday, making her an imposing favorite. PIECE OF MY HEART will be ridden by Joe Talamo once more.
#1 COMICAL (5-2) will have to turn the tables on the top choice if she wants to win the 2020 Delaware Oaks. She was last seen running second in the Gardenia. COMICAL is still in search of her first win since the 2019 Schuylerville Stakes (0-for-7). Alex Cintron will have the call.
#3 PRINCESS CADEY (10-1) has won each of her last three route races on fast dirt by open lengths. However, the Delaware Oaks represents a class hike for the daughter of Dialed In. Alex Cruz will once again be in the irons.
The play: $6 exacta 2/1, $4 exacta 2/3 ($10)
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