06/20/2008 11:00PM

Fabulous Strike wins comeback easily


Fabulous Strike rolled to an easy win in his comeback, beating two overmatched rivals Saturday in the $68,250 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park.

The 5-year-old gelding had not run since capturing the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park last September. He came down with a lung infection that required a lengthy recuperation and knocked him out of consideration for the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Trainer Todd Beattie brought Fabulous Strike along slowly and that patience paid off with a winning effort - Fabulous Strike's 10th in 15 starts.

The Moscarelli was an ideal return spot as the original field of seven dwindled to three.

Fabulous Strike broke outwardly but quickly took command under Ramon Dominguez. The race soon became a paid workout as Fabulous Strike cruised along under a hand ride, clicking off uncontested fractions of 22.60 and 45.68 seconds while his rivals struggled to keep pace.

At the finish, Fabulous Strike was 3 1/4 lengths in front of Joey Carson with the trailer, The Vin Man, another 12 3/4 lengths back.

"The race really fell apart," Beattie said. "It's hard to judge how good that was. I was looking for a soft spot to sharpen my pencil again. I'm very happy with the outcome. He sure looked like he did everything we wanted and Ramon thought he had lots of horse left."

The time was 1:09.56 for the six furlongs on the fast track. There was win betting only as Fabulous Strike returned $2.10.

As to the future, Beattie will consult with owner Walter Downey to firm up a schedule.

"Getting over this hurdle, we will put our heads together next week and try to come up with that," Beattie said.