07/04/2013 4:00PM

Delaware: Picko's Pride razor-sharp returning in Hockessin

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Picko's Pride leaves the winner's circle after earning his first career stakes victory in the Hockessin.

Picko’s Pride, taking a distinct class drop following a runner-up finish in a Grade 3 stakes, reaffirmed his affinity for Delaware Park’s main track when he cruised to a 3 1/2-length victory as the favorite in Thursday’s $50,250 Hockessin, an overnight stakes for sprinters.

Given an extended break by trainer Mac Robertson after missing by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 11, Picko’s Pride ($5.40) sat off a contested early pace as Tiree set swift fractions of 21.63 and 44.46 seconds. Jockey Alex Cintron asked Picko’s Pride to make a three-wide bid with three furlongs remaining and the 5-year-old son of Cactus Ridge responded. Picko’s Pride moved a half-length in front at the eighth pole and drew clear under pressure while completing six furlongs in 1:08.62.

In a three-way photo for second, the millionaire 9-year-old Ravalo nosed out Broad Rule, who was a head in front of fourth-place Tiree. Pass You Bye Bye was a non-threatening fifth of seven as the 7-5 second choice.

Owned by Barry and Joni Butznow, Picko’s Pride has now won 7 of 17 starts and improved to 4 for 6 at Delaware.