Updated on 09/15/2011 12:39PM

John's Call takes Cape Henlopen


STANTON, Del. - Not even trainer Tommy Voss could help himself. As John's Call entered the winner's circle following a 1 1/2-length victory in his seasonal debut Sunday at Delaware Park, Voss joined hundreds of fans in clapping his hands together.

The occasion was merely the $69,100 Cape Henlopen Stakes, but the significance of the victory could not be understated. John's Call, now 10, looked much the same as he did last year, when he won two Grade 1 stakes and the hearts of thousands of racing fans in a storybook year. Ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, he looped the field on the far turn of the 1 1/2-mile turf race, then easily turned back Grundlefoot in a field of nine older horses.

John's Call, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Lord at War, returned $3.40 after finishing in 2:29.48 over a firm turf.

"That was unbelievable, wasn't it?" asked Douglas Joyce, whose Trillum Stable owns John's Call. "I mean, a 10-year-old."

Joyce said Voss would like to follow the same path as last year with John's Call, meaning the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Handicap at Saratoga Aug. 11 is next. Last year, John's Call drew off an also-eligibles list to win the Sword Dancer by 9 1/4 lengths.

Last fall, after finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Turf, then ninth in the Japan Cup, John's Call was given several months off at Voss' Maryland farm. He returned to serious training in early April.

Also Sunday:

* Navesink, the slight favorite in a field of 10 3-year-old turfers, earned a berth in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 18 by driving to a convincing score in the $260,000, Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Navesink got a good stalking trip in the 1 1/8-mile Kent BC, overtaking Please Me Doc and edging clear to finish in 1:49.98. He paid $5.80 to win. Bowman Mill finished second by two lengths. Harrisand was third.

Navesink, an Irish River colt owned by Jayeff B Stable and trained by Alan Goldberg, has lost just once in five starts, the lone defeat coming in a three-horse photo in the June 16 Hill Prince at Belmont.

* Superduper Miss, a winner in all three of her previous starts over the Delaware main track, kept her local record perfect by winning the $83,000 Light Hearted Stakes. She paid $12 after finishing six furlongs in 1:10.81 under Joe Petersen.

Superduper Miss, a gray 5-year-old trained by Paul Rizzo, turned back Elektraline, then Torrid Affair, before going on to a one-length score over late-running Ivy's Jewel. Lorline rallied late to finish third, while Cat Cay, the 6-5 favorite under Pat Day, was never in contention, finishing fifth of eight.

Superduper Miss is owned by Debby Oxley, whose husband, John, owns 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.