- Christening is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first at Delaware on Tuesday, with Ramon Dominguez aboard. She’s in for a $40,000 tag, and what do you usually think when you see a horse that cost $40,000 at auction run for that price tag over 20 months and more-money-than-I'd-like-to-think-about later? Not to mention the workout gap (she had tied up after her May 6 work), and the two slow drills since then? I’d be rather surprised if she were to be claimed. My experience with Christening has been a little frustrating since she was sent down to Delaware; the reports have been sporadic and I feel more on the outside than a part-owner. I do know that EQB, a half-partner in this venture, really wants to get her sold, and they’re running her in a spot where they think she could win impressively enough to attract an offer. I honestly don’t know much about how well she’s doing exactly, but I doubt they’d be running her if they thought she’d make herself look foolish.
There’s one other first-timer – Splendid Affair (Mt Livermore) – who goes for trainer Ronald Alfano 7 for 24 at this meeting. Scott Lake has the second choice in the morning line, Artsy Girl (Behrens). The trainer has won 28 out of 91 races – 30% - at Delaware. Artsy Girl ran a good third when entered for 50K in her debut, and was far behind in a maiden special last time. Looks like the speed of those who’ve raced, though she could have some company from the rail filly, Stormin’widow, who ran well against cheaper in her debut. Lady Bella drops in for a tag for the first time.
- Flower Alley worked six furlongs in 1:13.52 and Pletcher said that he’s "one or two works away.."
Flower Alley is expected to be pointed to the major races at Saratoga this summer - the Whitney and Woodward - before gearing up for the Breeders' Cup. [Daily Racing Form]