Honor D Lady much the best in $500,000 Delaware H. (G2)
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Honor D Lady turned in the most impressive performance of her career Sunday at Delaware Park when she rolled to a 5 ½-length win in the $500,000 Delaware H. (G2) for older fillies and mares.

The 4-year-old filly was one of three Eddie Woods training graduates to score stakes wins over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Already a three-time stakes winner, including a pair of Grade 3 tallies, Honor D Lady was seeking her first win since taking the Royal Delta S. (G3) in February. Coming out of the gate from post 2, Honor D Lady was bumped hard from the inside, then was wrangled back when Malibu Beauty came in on her in the first furlong.

With clear running on the outside, Honor D Lady tracked the pacesetters from third until given her cue with three furlongs to run. She quickly took the lead and cut the corner turning for home. She built a three-length lead with a furlong to go and was all alone the rest of the way to get the 1 3/16-miles on a fast track in 1:59.86.

“I rode her one time (in the Royal Delta) already and we won,” said jockey Jose Ortiz Jr. “[Trainer] Saffie [Joseph] told me you have the two hole, so try to break clean, try to find your way outside, do not give too much to do and keep close to the pace. When I hit the 3/8ths pole, she kind of moved about two jumps before I wanted, so I had to kind of grab her and take a little momentum away from her, but I was sitting on a lot of horse.”

Honor D Lady is owned by Final Furlong Farm and Madaket Stable. Sunday’s big payday upped her earnings to $708,167 and record to 5-3-3 in 13 starts. The dark bay was bred in Kentucky by William Harrigan and Mike Pietrangelo and hails from the family of Hall of Famer Inside Information.