Jockey Jose Ortiz won three of the four MATCH Series races at Delaware Park
- By Staff Writers
WILMINGTON, Del.--A stirring battle between two division rivals, a victory by a shipper from Northeast Ohio and a big day for jockey Jose Ortiz capped the return of the MATCH Series to Delaware Park as part of its Delaware Handicap Day program on July 13.
Delaware Park, a longtime host of MATCH competition, was the third of five stops for the 2019 MATCH Series, which will move to Parx Racing Sept. 2 and conclude at Monmouth Park Sept. 28.
The Dashing Beauty Stakes for 3-Year-Olds and Up, Fillies and Mares Sprint–Dirt Division began the four race series.
The $100,000 Dashing Beauty Stakes produced the awaited rematch between the one-two finishers in the June 1 Penn Ladies Dash at Penn National between 2W Stables’ Bronx Beauty and and Jim Reichenberg and Cash is King’s Ms Locust Point, and it produced a similar result.
Ms Locust Point, with Jorge Vargas Jr. riding, took command from the start and led through fast fractions with Bronx Beauty, the slight favorite, not far behind.
The leader drifted out a bit in the stretch and Bronx Beauty switched to the inside, slowly gained on Ms Locust Point and beat her to the finish to win by a neck in 1:09.59 for six furlongs on a track rated fast. Le Weekend finished third.