05/14/2003 11:00PM

Crossing Point: Will he run?


Maryland-based Ben Feliciano had good luck shipping Crossing Point to Mountaineer Park two weeks ago for a $75,000 stakes. So Feliciano is thinking about trying to duplicate the formula.

Feliciano has entered Crossing Point and stablemate Sassy Hound in Saturday's $75,000 Waterford Park Handicap, a six-furlong sprint. Both horses are cross-entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup on the Preakness undercard.

Crossing Point, second in last year's Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct, overwhelmed three rivals, including the speedy Boston Brat, to capture the five-furlong Panhandle Handicap on May 3 by 5 1/2 lengths.

If Feliciano decides two weeks isn't enough rest for Crossing Point, he still has Sassy Hound, a consistent sprinter who has been picking up minor pieces of purses lately. The 6-year-old Sassy Hound is winless in his last seven starts but has run 100-plus Beyer Speed Figures five times during that span. Most recently, Sassy Hound finished a distant third in the April 12 Fire Plug at Pimlico with a 95 Beyer.

If Feliciano elects to stay home with both of his horses, Kentucky shipper Private Horde would become the clear-cut favorite. The 4-year-old Private Horde, trained by Joe Cain, last ran on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs. Making his first start since January, he finished in a dead heat for the win with Trion Georgia in an allowance sprint, earning a 100 Beyer.

Private Horde also won his two other starts this year, both at Turfway Park, including the Forego Stakes.

Among the locally based horses, D.J. Tyler comes into the Waterford in sharp form. He has won his last two starts at Mountaineer, posting a 96 Beyer on April 27, but moves up significantly in class after facing nonwinners-of-four lifetime allowance runners.