10/03/2007 11:00PM

Delaware: Much early speed in sprint

EmailThe speedy Secretintelligence will put his four-race winning streak on the line against a trio of sprinters who have combined to win a remarkable 54 races in the six-furlong Hockessin, a $55,000 overnight stakes at Delaware Park.

A 4-year-old colt trained by Tim Ritchey, Secretintelligence came into this season with a 1-for-7 record. Since February, Secretintelligence has won five races - all leading wire to wire - and missed by a neck, a head, and three-quarters of a length in his other three starts.

Stepping up off wins in a pair of restricted stakes, Secretintelligence won't have any easy time in the Hockessin, thanks to the presence of Spooky Mulder, Banjo Picker, and Forest Park.

The 9-year-old Spooky Mulder has won 30 of 75 starts, and showed he's as good as ever when he wired a field of high-priced optional claimers a month ago, earning a 103 Beyer Figure, 4 points faster than Secretintelligence has ever run.

Banjo Picker and Forest Park, who have 12 wins apiece, also do their best running on the front end. Banjo Picker has won his last two starts, both in stakes against Pennsylvania-breds, by a combined margin of 12 lengths.

Forest Park is a horse for the course, with 4 wins and 3 seconds - including a nose loss last time out - in 9 starts locally.