Nicky Wins Again; Stakes Company Next?


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Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Nicanor ran off with the field Wednesday to post his second consecutive win and remain undefeated on grass with an impressive victory at Delaware Park. The full brother to Barbaro, ridden by Anna Rose “Rosie” Napravnik, went straight to the lead and was out in front by three lengths entering the first turn, getting the quarter mile in :24.

With a win in $39,000 allowance company after breaking his maiden by more than 15 lengths in his turf debut, Nicanor should continue to move up the class ladder and will likely now go for stakes competition.

"We are not exactly sure where we may run him next," said trainer Michael Matz.  "We want to take our time and see how he comes out of this race.  But we were very pleased with his race today.  But at this point, there is a possibility his next start might be in the Virginia Derby (Colonial Downs, July 18)."

Nicky continued to lead Stevil down the backstretch, posting fractions of :48 2/5 and 1:13 2/5 for six furlongs. Stopping the timer in 1:39 2/5 for a mile, the son of Dynaformer trained by Matz for Roy and Gretchen Jackson went on to win the turf race, in final time of 1:52 4/5 for the distance of “about” 1 1/8 miles.

Longshot White Holiday closed to be second, followed by Stevil.

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