05/21/2005 12:00AM

Delaware: Annika Lass gets up

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Annika Lass and jockey Daniel Velazquez took advantage of a speed duel in the $76,200 Sweet and Sassy Handicap at Delaware Park, rallying along the rail for a nose victory over the 6-5 favorite, Fortress Hill. The victory was the first in a stakes for Annika Lass, who returned $12.60 and brought her record to 6 for 10.

Fortress Hill dueled for the lead with Umpateedle and put her away in the stretch of the six-furlong Sweet and Sassy. Fortress Hill finished two lengths clear of Storm Minstrel in the field of nine fillies and mares.

Annika Lass, owned by Anita Racing Stable and trained by Alfredo Velazquez, covered the six furlongs in 1:11.06