07/20/2001 12:00AM

John's Call back for more at 10


STANTON, Del. - When John's Call rallied to win the Cape Henlopen Handicap at Delaware Park in his seasonal debut last year, even seasoned racing fans were warmed by the thought that a 9-year-old could still be competitive at such a high level.

But who could have suspected just how high that level would get?

John's Call used the Cape Henlopen as a springboard to a storybook year, winning two Grade 1 turf stakes and more than $1.1 million. Now 10 and faced with the daunting task of attempting to duplicate his last year, John's Call, a Lord at War gelding, will start out again in the Cape Henlopen, a 1 1/2-mile turf race carded as the third of 11 Sunday races at Delaware Park.

Although there are two Saratoga races he could use as a comeback for John's Call, trainer Tommy Voss said Friday that he "more than likely" will run him at Delaware.

"He's training forwardly and doing everything we've asked of him," said Voss. "But you can't really tell what you've got until you run them. He's given me no indication that he's not the horse he was last year."

A full field of opponents awaits John's Call, who will break from post four with Jean-Luc Samyn aboard in the $55,000 race. John's Call will carry highweight of 123 pounds under handicap conditions.

Overflow field for Kent

The richest undercard race of the Sunday program, the $250,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Handicap, may be the best betting race of the day.

An overflow field of 3-year-old turf horses is entered in the Grade 3 Kent BC, meaning as many as 12 betting interests could be represented. The probable favorite is Navesink, whose narrow defeat in the Hill Prince at Belmont last month followed three victories to open his career.

* Cat Cay, with Pat Day to ride for Shug McGaughey, could be a slight favorite in another deep field in the $75,000 Light Hearted Stakes (race four).