07/04/2008 11:00PM

M J's Enchanteur a speedball


M J's Enchanteur, who runs well at six furlongs but sometimes falters when asked to go longer, is well spotted to secure his first stakes victory when he returns to his best distance for the $55,000 Oh Say Stakes on Monday at Delaware Park.

Since he was claimed by trainer Scott Lake for $40,000 in January, M J's Enchanteur has won 3 of 9 starts. He has been in front or within a nose of the lead at the six-furlong call in six of his last seven races.

Most recently, M J's Enchanteur flashed high speed after an awkward start, but faded late in the seven-furlong Red Legend, a race around two turns at Charles Town. His two most recent races at six furlongs produced a win and a nose loss.

The main rivals for M J's Enchanteur in a field of five 3-year-olds are Midnight Ridge, a wire-to-wire winner in his last two starts, and Springs Road, a stalker who will be making his first start since late May and stands to benefit if M J's Enchanteur gets involved in a pace duel.

Midnight Ridge won an off-the-turf sprint against maidens at Pimlico and romped in his first try against winners in a first-level allowance locally almost a month ago.

Springs Road, based in Maryland with trainer Rodney Jenkins, returns to stakes company after a pair of second-place finishes facing second-level allowance competition at Pimlico.