Delaware Park News & Notes

Midnight Stroll posts hard fought victory in Delaware Oaks


Wilmington, Del., July 2, 2022 — Galsas Stables, R.A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld’s Midnight Stroll notched a hard the victory in the $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park today.


With Eric Cancel aboard, the daughter of Not This Time prevailed by a head after a stretch wide battle with the 5-to-2 favorite Shotgun Hottie with Trevor McCarthy.  It was another 4-lengths farther back to Morning Matcha with Carol Cedeno in third. Unadulterated with Feargal Lynch cut early fractions of :46.69 for the half mile and 1:11.13 for the three-quarters mile before fading into sixth.  The final time for the mile and a sixteenth over a fast-main track was 1:44.31.  Midnight Stroll returned $7.20 as the second-choice in the field of seven.


This was the first graded victory and second stakes victory for the Florida-bred trained by John P. Terranova.


Second-place jockey Trevor McCarthy lodged an objection against the winner for coming over on them in mid-stretch, but the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards found no reason for a disqualification.


“I knew I did not do anything wrong and I was not worried about it,” said winning rider Eric Cancel.  “I did come out to the other horse a little bit, but I was not the one to make contact.”


Cancel was encouraged by the way Midnight Stroll was coming into the race.


“I felt very confident about her chances today because I worked her last time and she worked very well,” he said.  “Her best two races had been on the lead and today there was a little bit more speed, but  I am glad I was able to breeze her because I got to know her a little better and I had a great trip with her.”


Midnight Stroll raised her career record to three wins from six starts with earnings of $238,225.