07/16/2015 10:31AM

Chief Kitten returns in repositioned Kent

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Chief Kitten hasn't been to the winner's circle since capturing the Pulpit Stakes by a nose last November.

The Delaware Handicap undercard Saturday features three stakes, including the Grade 3 Kent, which has been moved to the biggest day of the Delaware Park season from its usual September spot on the calendar.

The Kent, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, had its purse restored to $200,000 after being trimmed to $150,000 last season. The card also includes a pair of $50,000 stakes – the Hockessin, a six-furlong sprint, and the Carl Hanford Memorial at a mile and 70 yards. Both races drew above-average fields for the purse level.

The entire card will be streamed live on DRF.com.

The eight-horse Kent field is topped by Chief Kitten, who will be making his first start in three months for trainer Chad Brown. Chief Kitten has not had clear sailing in either of his last two races. He has made four straight stakes starts since winning a New York-bred maiden race at Belmont Park last September.

Chief Kitten, a Ken Ramsey homebred by Kitten’s Joy, finished third last out in the Woodhaven Stakes at Aqueduct. He never got off the rail in that race and was moving up to challenge inside the leaders in midstretch when things tightened up and he had to check. He dropped back several lengths, losing his chance at the win.

Two starts back in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Chief Kitten raced in traffic and finished sixth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Dubai Sky, who came back to win the Grade 3 Spiral at Turfway Park in his next start.

Although Chief Kitten has not raced since April 18, he has been in steady training and has worked 10 times since May 5. Joel Rosario, who rides Rosalind for Brown in the Delaware Handicap, has the mount.

Syntax and All I Karabout finished first and second in a first-level allowance race June 20 at Belmont.

Syntax, an Ireland-bred trained by Bill Mott, had a sweet trip en route to the victory. He moved up along the inside nearing the stretch and angled out when a hole opened before him.

All I Karabout, trained by Graham Motion, went outside horses nearing the stretch and was fanned wide. He was beaten one length. All I Karabout adds blinkers for the Kent.

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Hockessin (race 8)

The six-furlong Hockessin has attracted Fast Anna, Stallwalkin’ Dude, and Bourbon Courage, who will be making his first start for Motion.

Fast Anna was second to The Big Beast in the King’s Bishop last summer. He concluded his 3-year-old season by setting the pace and finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Fast Anna, trained by Kathy Ritvo and owned by breeder Frank Calabrese, won his 4-year-old debut June 11 in the Sawgrass, a five-furlong turf race at Gulfstream Park. He enters off two bullet works at Saratoga.

Fast Anna is exceptionally quick and should make the lead. He was based at Delaware late last summer, where he worked twice in September.

Stallwalkin’ Dude, trained by David Jacobson, has been facing difficult company. In his last three starts, he has been third to Private Zone in the Belmont Sprint Championship, second to the up-and-coming A. P. Indian in the LeVine Memorial at Parx, and third to Rock Fall – who has won five straight races – in the Grade 2 True North at Belmont.

Bourbon Courage finished 2014 with three consecutive good efforts but has yet to get untracked in two starts this year.

Hanford (race 11)

The Hanford Memorial will be Normandy Invasion’s second start following a long, injury-related layoff. He took the lead nearing the stretch of his comeback but flattened out and finished second. Trainer Larry Jones said Normandy Invasion was tired after the race, but he has come back to work a bullet half-mile.

Page McKenney will try to break a three-race losing streak. In his most recent races, he has finished third to Golden Lad in the Grade 3 Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows, second to Commissioner in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special, and third to Moreno in the Charles Town Classic.