05/26/2005 11:00PM

Home sweet home for these two


Based on their records over several seasons, it ought to be obvious why Fuzzy Star and He's a Mystery should only run at Delaware Park.

Fuzzy Star, a 6-year-old, is now 6 for 16 over Delaware's main track but 0 for 14 elsewhere following his half-length victory in a $35,000 claiming race last Saturday.

He's a Mystery, a 5-year-old gelding, is 7 for 16 at Delaware but 0 for 11 elsewhere after he got up by a neck in a one-mile race for $10,000 claimers last Sunday.

Mike Petro, the trainer of Fuzzy Star, said: "He just really likes this racetrack. This is where we brought him when he was a baby. We sent him to Canada when we thought he was going to be a really good horse."

A Canadian-bred son of Langfuhr, Fuzzy Star finished fifth in the 2002 Queen's Plate and picked up small pieces of purses in his first five starts of this year, at Gulfstream Park.

"I think he ran some nice races down in Florida," Petro said. "He got into a couple of bad spots and he had a couple of bad trips, so I think he can run well and win at other tracks, but here at Delaware he seems to get clear trips and he likes the track."

He's a Mystery, claimed for $14,000 by trainer Bob Klesaris at Aqueduct in February, changed barns again following last Sunday's race. Paul McClelland took him for $10,000.

Obeah next for India Halo

Trainer Michael Matz confirmed that India Halo will make her next start in Delaware's $100,000 Obeah Handicap on June 18. The Obeah is a prep for the meet's premier race, the Grade 2, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 17.

Making her first start since March, India Halo, a 5-year-old mare, won an overnight stakes going 1 1/16 miles on Monday at Delaware. In her native Argentina, India Halo won a Group 1 stakes and finished second in a Group 2 race, both at 1 1/4 miles.

Delaware bettors pounded Alex

Delaware bettors wagered heavily in the Preakness on both Afleet Alex and Scrappy T, who each have local connections.

Based on the money wagered at Delaware, Afleet Alex, ridden by Delaware regular Jeremy Rose and trained by former leading trainer Tim Ritchey, would have been the 6-5 favorite instead of the 3-1 he went off at Pimlico.

Scrappy T, ridden by two-time leading Delaware jockey Ramon Dominguez, would have been the 8-1 second choice. At Pimlico, Scrappy T was 13-1.

Wagering on the Preakness by Delaware bettors - $476,826 - was down 3 percent from 2004. Ontrack handle on Delaware's live races, however, rose nearly 14 percent, with $292,777 bet last Saturday compared with $257,622 in 2004.

Just two wanted to run

Two-horse races are quite rare, but Wednesday at Pimlico when a $7,500 starter allowance was moved from the turf to the main track 10 runners were scratched, leaving just Hickory Hawk and main-track-only entrant Bartender.

Hickory Hawk, allowed to loaf along through fractions of 51.42 for a half-mile and 1:16.15 for six furlongs, finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of his lone opponent in 1:55.42.

According to the American Racing Manual, the last two-horse race at a U.S. track took place Sept. 23, 2003 at Delaware.

* Keep an eye on 3-year-old filly Kelsey's Treasure. In her career debut last Sunday at Delaware, Kelsey's Treasure, ridden by Jeremy Rose for trainer Tim Ritchey, won a six-furlong maiden race by 12 1/2 lengths, earning a 106 Beyer Speed Figure.

* Delaware introduced a minimum 10-cent superfecta wager last Sunday. Superfectas are offered on races 4, 8, 9, and 10, provided there are seven horses in the field.