Delaware Park News & Notes
Idiomatic scores hard fought victory in the Delaware Handicap
Wilmington, Del., July 8, 2023 — Juddmonte’s Idiomatic scored a hard fought victory in the 86th running of the $500,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap today.
With Florent Geroux aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Curlin prevailed by a head over Classy Edition, with Kendrick Carmouche, after a stretch long battle. It was another 9 ¼-lengths farther back to Morning Matcha, with Paco Lopez, in third. Idiomatic returned $2.80 as the favorite in the field of six.
Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by Brad Cox won the Grade III Shawnee at Churchill Downs on June 3. With the Delaware Handicap victory, she raised her career record to six wins from nine starts with earnings of $774,490. This was the second career Delaware Handicap for her jockey Florent Geroux who won the race in 2016 aboard I’m a Chatterbox. It was the first Delaware Handicap victory for her trainer Brad Cox.
“She has been training tremendously in the morning and we have very high hopes for her,” said winning rider Florent Geroux. “We are hoping, if she stays healthy and keeps on progressing, hopefully, she will be a player in the Distaff division in November.”
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