09/01/2001 12:00AM

Delaware: Turf rejuvenates Key Lory


Key Lory ($6.80) has discovered the fountain of youth on turf. A

7-year-old gelding who was winless on dirt for over two years, Key Lory won his second stakes since switching to grass in the $100,600 Sussex Handicap at Delaware Park.

Ridden by Harry Vega and trained by Dennis Manning, Key Lory dueled with Lightning Paces for the first six furlongs of the nine-furlong Sussex, then shook clear on the far turn and drove to a 1 1/2-length victory over runner-up Warrant. His time over a firm course was 1:49.93.

Multiple graded stakes winner Cetewayo, making his first start since winning the Red Smith Handicap last November, finished fifth in a field of seven as the 4-5 favorite.

John's Call was among three horses to scratch on race day. Trainer Tom Voss was unavailable for comment on the reason for withdrawing the 10-year-old.