Delaware Park News & Notes
Main Event scores front running victory in Kent Stakes
Jockey Cancel notches Oaks/Kent double
Wilmington, Del., July 2, 2022 — Harrell Ventures’ Main Event took control early before posting a 1 ½-length victory in $200,250 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park today. The victory gave his jockey Eric Cancel a graded stakes double on day as the native of Carolina, Puerto Rico won the Grade III Delaware Oaks the race before.
Main Event cut early fractions of :47.12 and 1:11.05 before completing the mile and an eighth in 1:48.74 over firm turf course. The Kentucky-bred trained by George Weaver returned $10.60 as the third choice in the field of seven.
The 8-to-5 favorite Elizar with Trevor McCarthy finished second ¾-lengths in front of Tommy Bee with Angel Suarez in third.
Winning jockey Eric Cancel knew it was important to get the jump on the field early.
“I had a dream trip,” said winning rider Eric Cancel. “I wanted to be forwardly placed with this horse because his best races have been on the lead or really close. I knew there was a lot of speed in the race, but I knew my horse was very game so I took it to them early. If they were going to beat me, they would have had to beat me running. Once I started making the turn at the 3/8ths, I felt I still had plenty of horse so I let him go to get him more comfortable. By the quarter-pole he kind of stayed steady like he was waiting for horses so I just tried to give him a very confident ride to the end.”
Midnight Stroll, a 3-year-old son of Bernadini raised his career record to three wins from seven starts with earnings of $246,333.