07/20/2005 11:00PM

Delaware: Wide-open sprint


It's impossible to safely eliminate any of the eight 3-year-old sprinters in the $55,000 Oh Say Stakes at Delaware Park.

In their last three starts, every horse has run at least one Beyer between 87 and 94.

The field's lone stakes winner, Diamond Wildcat, has been a disappointment since taking the Horatius at Laurel Park in March, finishing fourth at even money and 7-2 odds in two sprint stakes.

Pointsman, a Michael Dickinson-trained colt who has won his last two starts, and the Scott Lake entry of Euro Code and Golden Exploit could vie for favoritism.

Portsman most recently crushed allowance runners in a two-turn sprint at Charles Town.

Euro Code easily cleared his first allowance condition at Delaware two races ago, then dueled for five furlongs before hanging late in a two-other-than race five weeks ago. His stablemate, Golden Exploit, has won his last two starts as the favorite.

Others with a shot include Uncle Pick Six, who adds blinkers after failing to show his usual zip in his two most recent races; Lieutenant Danz, second to next-out stakes winner Joey P. at Monmouth; Seize, whose trainer, Mike Pino, shows 31 percent success with horses going from routes to sprints; and Captain Corelli, winner of a quickly run allowance at Keeneland in April.