06/14/2006 11:00PM

Fleet Indian stands out in Obeah at Delaware


Appearances by the top-figure female at a route in America this season and a filly that was denied a chance to run in last weekend's Grade 1 Acorn Stakes by a freak accident highlight a pair of six-figure stakes Saturday at Delaware Park.

Fleet Indian, a Todd Pletcher-trained 5-year-old mare who earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure winning the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne last time out, will be a heavy favorite in the $100,000 Obeah Handicap. The 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares serves as a prep for the $1 million Delaware Handicap on July 16.

Wonder Lady Anne L, who sustained a scrape on a hind leg and had to be scratched after Miraculous Miss, the filly in the adjacent stall, flipped in the gate before the Acorn at Belmont Park on Saturday, has been entered in Saturday's $175,000 Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies is the last local prep for the $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 15.

Fleet Indian picks up seven pounds as the 123-pound highweight in the Obeah, following her 12 1/4-length wire-to-wire romp in the Sixty Sails. Her 112 Beyer is the best by any female at a mile or longer this year. In her only other start this season, Fleet Indian won the Grade 3 Next Move Handicap over Aqueduct's inner track.

Her victories in those stakes improved her record to 4 for 4 at the Obeah distance of nine furlongs.

In the Gold, a Grade 1 winner last season for trainer Nick Zito, appears to pose the biggest threat to Fleet Indian.

In the Gold won the Grade 1 Gazelle at Belmont last September, but is 0 for 5 since then, including a distant fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. The 4-year-old In the Gold did improve last time out, however, finishing third of nine in the Grade 3 BC Distaff Handicap at Pimlico with a 95 Beyer. She is cross-entered in Saturday's Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont.

Another New York-based filly with a Grade 1 win on her resume, Sweet Symphony, has been entered but was expected to run in Friday's A Wild Ride at Belmont.

Wonder Lady Anne L, second in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream in March and winner of the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct last November, is listed as the track's 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Susan's Girl. Her chances of getting the green light for the race improved when she worked five furlongs in 57.28 seconds Tuesday at Aqueduct. Her time was a second faster than the second-quickest move at the distance that morning.

There is a slight chance Wonder Lady Anne L could be withheld to await the Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose at Belmont on July 1, according to a spokesman for IEAH Stable, which owns the filly with Jachlen Farm.

If Wonder Lady Anne L defects, the favorite's role could be inherited by either Regal Engagement or Gasia. Both fillies come out of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Regal Engagement was elevated to victory via disqualification after she had to steady in deep stretch while battling with first-place finisher Smart N Pretty. She picks up seven pounds off that race as the 123-pound highweight in the Susan's Girl.

Gasia won back-to-back races at Oaklawn Park before finishing fourth following a wide trip in the Black-Eyed Susan, two lengths behind Regal Engagement.

Trainer Larry Jones said he is optimistic Gasia will improve with an anticipated faster pace to set up her late-closing kick in the Susan's Girl.

"We felt like we needed a little more pace to run at last time down at Pimlico," Jones said. "The pace was extremely slow and we got ourselves shuffled back in the pack. This race looks like it will have more to it. [Gasia] will lay off the pace and make one big run, but with a little more speed to run at, we should be okay."