07/09/2001 11:00PM

Delaware Township works toward return


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Delaware Township, who with Gilded Time holds the six-furlong track record of 1:07.80 here, is gearing for a return to the races. He has not raced since winning the Damitrius Stakes at Delaware Park on April 28.

Delaware Township, trained by Ben Perkins Jr., had a breakout season last year, setting the track record in the $75,000 Longfellow Stakes to cap a Monmouth meet in which he won two races and had a second and a third in four starts.

In the fall at Belmont, he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh and won the Grade 2 Forest Hills. He finished 10th in the Breeders' Cup Sprint after breaking from the outside post in the field of 14.

His four starts this year include second-place finishes to Peeping Tom in the Grade 3 General George at Laurel and to Say Florida Sandy in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler at Aqueduct.

After winning the Damitrius, Delaware Township was entered in the $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup at Pimlico on Preakness Day, but he contracted a 103 fever and was scratched. He recovered, but then had to battle an infection.

Physical problems are nothing new to Delaware Township, a 5-year-old son of Notebook. He did not race from September of his 2-year-old year until May of his 4-year-old season.

"He has been compromised by problems his whole life," Perkins said. "We are hoping to get two races in him before the Breeders' Cup Sprint."

On Saturday, Delaware Township recorded his first workout in nearly two months. With Joe Bravo aboard, he breezed four furlongs in 48.60 over a fast track.

Perkins said Delaware Township could return in the $75,000 Teddy Drone Stakes on Haskell Day, Aug. 5. It is the only stakes sprint for 3-year-olds and up in the second portion of the meet.

Oceanport next for North East Bound

North East Bound is being pointed to the $100,000 Oceanport Handicap at a 1 1/16 miles on the turf, according to trainer Bill Perry. The Grade 3 Oceanport Handicap will be run on the Haskell undercard.

North East Bound set the pace in the 1 3/8-mile United Nations here July 1, and finished fourth, beaten five lengths. It was his first time running farther than 1 1/8 miles.

"I guess he's a miler," Perry said. "But he was really game and stayed in the race all the way. I was proud of him."

North East Bound, owned by Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano, won the Oceanport last year, when it was switched off the turf to the sloppy main track.

Eleven North to breeding shed

Eleven North, a 7-year-old Monmouth veteran, was retired last week and will become a broodmare. Eleven North raced for five years for the Sleeter family. Gerry Sleeter owned the mare, who was bred by his wife, Carolyn, and trained by his son Kevin. She won the Little Silver Stakes, Thomas J. Malley Stakes, and three consecutive runnings of the Fair Haven Handicap (1998-2000). Her career record was 16-6-6 from 40 starts. She excelled at Monmouth, recording a 7-2-4 record in 18 starts here.

"It's time," said Gerry Sleeter. "She's been very good to us, but it's time to let her be a mommy."

The decision was made to retire Eleven North after she finished last in the Regret Stakes on July 4.

Rideouts Patton faces elders

Rideouts Patton, a 3-year-old trained by Tim Hills, takes on older horses in Thursday's feature, but he has the best credentials to win the race, a second-level turf allowance at five furlongs. Rideouts Patton is 2 for 2 sprinting on turf. He will start from post 1 with Tommy Turner aboard.

Manofglory enters the race off a nose defeat to Rock on June 27 at the same conditions. Trained by Ben Perkins Jr., Manofglory has two seconds in three starts on the turf, but has not won on the surface. Eibar Coa rides from post 2.

Just a Miner, trained by Bill Perry, has not raced since June 3 of last year. A 5-year-old, Just a Miner makes his turf debut Thursday.