10/29/2004 11:00PM

Delaware: Out-of-towners sweep


Trainers based in Boston and New York took the final two stakes of the season at Delaware Park.

Joyous Song ($7.40), trained by Suffolk-based George Handy, ran down tiring pacesetter Partners Due to win the $50,300 Hildene Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a length.

Smokin Forest ($4.20), a maiden from Todd Pletcher's barn making only his second career start, held off Feverish Affair by a neck in the $50,300 M. Tyson Gilpin for 2-year-olds.

Both six-furlong stakes were restricted to Virginia-breds or the offspring of sires standing in Virginia.

Joyous Song overcame a five-length deficit at the eighth pole to pass Partners Due, the 4-5 favorite, who did a similar fade in her previous start in the Maryland Million Lassie. The winning time was 1:11.50.

Smokin Forest, fourth in his debut at Belmont Park, managed to win despite breaking a step slowly and drifting out through the stretch under Heberto Castillo Jr. He ran the distance in 1:11.48.