09/27/2006 11:00PM

Auguri vs. Misto Quente once again


Auguri and Misto Quente, who raced one-two around Saratoga's main track for nearly the entire 1 3/16 miles of last month's John's Call, are rematched at the same distance in the $100,000 Kelso Stakes at Delaware Park.

The front-running Auguri, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Barclay Tagg, led wire to wire in the off-the-turf John's Call, a race restricted to horses that had not won a graded stakes this season, finishing 4 1/2 lengths clear of Misto Quente.

Pressing the pace throughout, Misto Quente was unable to gain any ground on Auguri at any point of the John's Call. The Bobby Frankel-trained Misto Quente should benefit from a shift in weights. Assigned 117 for the Kelso, Misto Quente will carry six fewer pounds than highweight Auguri. There was a four-pound spread when they met on Aug. 20.

Angelic Aura is an intriguing longshot at 10-1 on the track's morning line. He will be making the second start of his form cycle, an angle that has produced 26 percent winners and a $2.20 return on investment for trainer Steve Klesaris the past two seasons.

In addition, Angelic Aura, 4 for 6 lifetime at Delaware, closely tracked the pace set by winner Cherokee's Boy in the 1 1/8-mile Owners' Day Handicap on a card that appeared to favor come-from-behind horses. In 12 dirt races that day, only four horses that were first or second at the first call went on to win. In routes, 11 of the 12 horses who were first or second at the second call - including Angelic Aura - failed to finish in the exacta.