07/02/2013 3:40PM

Delaware Park: Picko’s Pride comes off the bench in Hockessin Stakes

Hoofprints Inc.
Bet the Power finished first in last year's edition of the Hockessin Stakes but was disqualified for drifting out in the stretch.

Picko’s Pride, given a vacation after running the fastest race of his 16-race career as the runner-up in a Grade 3 stakes in April, will try to fire fresh in Thursday’s $50,000 Hockessin Stakes for sprinters at Delaware Park.

The 5-year-old Picko’s Pride finished second in last year’s running of the six-furlong Hockessin but was elevated to first when Bet the Power was disqualfied for drifting out in the stretch. Both horses are part of this year’s eight-horse field.

Picko’s Pride, 3 for 5 on Delaware’s main track, outran his 24-1 odds to finish second, beaten only three-quartrers of a length, in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint at Oaklawn Park in April, earning a 101 Beyer. He won coming off a seven-month break at Oaklawn in March.

Bet the Power is winless in his last six starts but could move forward while making the second start of his form cycle for a trainer, Kenny Smith, who is 9 for 32 (28 percent) at the meet.

The 4-year-old Pass You Bye Bye won the six-furlong Decathlon at Monmouth Park over a sloppy track with a 99 Beyer Speed Figure two starts ago but was a dull sixth when asked to go seven furlongs last time out in the Donald LeVine at Parx.

The 9-year-old Ravalo, who has won 17 races and $1.28 million, looks for his first win since November 2011. In his lone start this year, Ravalo was last of four with a low 65 Beyer in a high-priced optional claimer at Monmouth.