05/06/2005 11:00PM

Egg Head earns first stakes win in LaBelle


Egg Head easily handled the challenge of moving up to face stakes runners for the first time, scoring his third straight decisive victory in the $77,138 Francis "Jock" LaBelle for 3-year-old sprinters at Delaware Park.

Ridden by Joe Hampshire Jr. for Philadelphia Park-based trainer Lynda Knee, Egg Head ($5) stalked the early pace set by Magoo's Magic and Benjamin Baby, swung wide entering the stretch to take the lead, and drew off to win by 9 1/2 lengths. He covered six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.28.

Lieutenant Danz, a 16-1 shot, outfinished Shmoo by a nose for second.

Egg Head is now 4 for 6 lifetime, winning his last three starts by a combined 25 lengths.