By Chris Sobocinski/Delaware Park

Michael Dubb’s North Freeway, who was claimed for $35,000 in December of 2011, notched her first career stake victory in the Opening Day feature at Delaware Park the $56,000 Winter Melody Overnight Stakes.


With Jose Caraballo aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Jump Start notched a 4 ¼-length front running victory.  She returned $4.80 as the favorite in the field of five.  The Virginia-bred conditioned by Anthony Dutrow cut early fractions :48.81 for the half mile and 1:12.25 for the three-quarter miles before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.86 over a fast main track.

Brushed by Love, with Julian Pimentel, finished second and Bahia Beach, with Javier Santiago, finished third. 

“The early fractions were very kind, she had an easy way, she relaxed well, and she responded in the stretch,” said winning trainer Anthony Dutrow.  “Michael (Dubb) called me before we claimed her and told me “there is a filly in today who is getting better’, so he deserves all the credit.  She started in New York and she has been in Delaware since the first of April, so there are a lot of people who have worked very hard to get her where she is today.  The Obeah Stakes (June 16) is a good possibility for her.”

On December 15, she was claimed for $35,000 at Aqueduct.  She followed with a pair of six furlong scores at Aqueduct on February 10 and March 2.

(Editor’s Note: North Freeway was bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm in Front Royal, VA.)