09/07/2005 11:00PM

Clunker clouds Sensibly Chic's form

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Sensibly Chic took the Vagrancy in June (above), but ran poorly last out.

During an eight-month stretch beginning last November, Sensibly Chic was a model of consistency, finishing first or second in all seven of her races.

That string was highlighted by a decisive victory as the 5-2 favorite in the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park in June.

It's the most recent line in Sensibly Chic's past performances, however, that causes a lot of head-scratching for handicappers. She finished last of six in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney at Calder.

Freshened for two months following her uncharacteristic poor performance, will try to get back on track in the Grade 3, $200,000 Endine Handicap at Delaware Park.

The six-furlong Endine headlines a three-stakes program on Owners' Day that includes a pair of $100,000 races restricted to horses that have made at least one non-stakes start at Delaware this season, the Owners' Day Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on dirt and the George Rosenberger Memorial at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares.

Sensibly Chic's trainer, Tim Tullock, can't pinpoint the reason for the 5-year-old mare's flop in Florida.

"She has always been a good shipper, so I do not think it was that," said Tullock, who is based at Laurel Park. "It could have been the course. It could have just been simply she was due to throw in a bad one and she did. It had been a long time since she ran a bad one."

Tullock said he believes Sensibly Chic is ready to rebound following a string of workouts at Laurel, including a four-furlong bullet in 48 seconds on Aug. 24.

"She has been training well," Tullock said. "I would have preferred to have another week, to be honest, and I wish the race was a week later, but she should be close enough to run her race."

Sensibly Chic may have to run something close to her best in order to handle , a New York shipper trained by Bill Mott.

Second to Forest Music in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss last time out, Ebony Breeze easily won last year's Endine in her only previous start at Delaware.

The field also includes , winner of the $100,000 Light Hearted Handicap two starts ago but no match for Forest Music in the Honorable Miss, and Florida shipper Prospective Saint, a daylight winner in 2 of her last 3 starts. Both wins came in minor stakes at Calder.

* The speedy Trapped Again and deep closer Separato are two of the prime contenders in the Owners' Day Handicap.

Trapped Again, third or better in 12 of 15 starts at Delaware, was second in the R.R.M. Carpenter Handicap in July, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Separato.

Separato, 6 for 12 in his career at Delaware, won an overnight stakes in his most recent start and just missed in the Brandywine Handicap in June.

* Sweet Science, second of 10 despite getting blocked in the $296,000 Robert Dick Handicap nearly two months ago, merits a slight edge in a full field for the Rosenberger.

Other threats include Lady Prantlack, winner of two of her last three starts; the lightly raced Bottiglia, 2 for 2 on Delaware's turf; the consistent Art Fan, whose last five Beyers have been between 84 and 87; and Sunup, second over soft going in the $100,000 Dr. James Penny Handicap at Philadelphia Park in her most recent start.