07/25/2007 11:00PM

Mixed Up a star of statebred day


Philadelphia Park hosts Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races on Saturday, an 11-race card exclusively for horses bred in the Keystone State. It offers 10 stakes races worth a combined $1 million.

The Smarty Jones Classic is the richest race at $125,000. The Flatterer Hurdle Handicap goes for $75,000. The other eight stakes are worth $100,000 each.

The Flatterer, at 2 1/16 miles over the National fences, attracted Mixed Up, a multiple Grade 1 winner.

Mixed Up, trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, earned Grade 1 victories in the New York Turf Writers Handicap at Saratoga last summer and in the Royal Chase Handicap at Keeneland in April.

Most recently, the 8-year-old gelding ran sixth on the flat in the Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs.

“We just wanted to get a run into him to keep him tight, knowing he’s facing a huge impost and a tough race,” Sheppard said.

Under the handicap conditions, Mixed Up carries 164 pounds, 14 more than in the Royal Chase.

“He’s not a very big horse,” Sheppard said. “I wish he didn’t have so much weight to give, but you can’t really complain because he’s earned it.”

After the New York Turf Writers Cup, Mixed Up took on McDynamo, the steeplechase champion, in his last three starts of the year. He ended the year with a third to McDynamo in the Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase and a fourth to him in the Colonial Cup.

“We felt he deserved a chance in there and he was not disgraced,” Sheppard said. “To be honest, we didn’t go into the Breeders’ Cup and the Colonial Cup with a maximum amount of confidence.”

Danielle Hodsdon will ride as usual.

Sheppard also sends out two up-and-coming steeplechase prospects in John Law and Sparkled. All three race uncoupled.

Mrs. Penny: Redaspen favored

Redaspen, a proven stakes runner in open company, looms a short-priced favorite in the Mrs. Penny for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

A 5-year-old trained by Tim Woolley, Redaspen ran at Monmouth Park the last two times, winning the Politely Stakes and then making a strong late run to miss by a half-length in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes.

“Redaspen turned it up another notch this year,” Woolley said. “She’s been very competitive. We think she’ll be a very big force on Saturday.”

After the Eatontown on June 16, Woolley set his sights on this spot.

“I didn’t want to get too greedy and throw her right back into another Grade 3 race with this statebred stakes sitting right there,” Woolley said.

Smarty Jones: Delaware River sharp

Trainer William Campbell sends out Delaware River and Grey Dorian in the Smarty Jones. They are uncoupled in the wagering.

Delaware River, 6, has been in the best form of his life in his last three races, when Horacio Karamanos started riding. The gelding has two wins and a nose loss in that span, winning the Watchman’s Warning Stakes at Penn National last time out by 5 3/4 lengths.

“The last three races under Horacio have been unreal,” Campbell said. “They have been some explosive races.”

* Speechifying puts a three-race winning streak on the line in the Ga Hai for filly and mare sprinters.

* Who’s Happy, trained by Woolley, has won four in a row heading into the Northern Fling for filly and mare routers.

* Banjo Picker won the 2005 Grade?3 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct, and will bring that back class into the Devil’s Honor for sprinters.

* Power by Leigh will be very tough in the Captain My Captain after posting five straight Beyer Speed Figures of 90 or higher.

* R. Earl, second to Delaware River at Penn National last out, moves back onto the turf for the Nepal.

* Cantrel, a promising 3-year-old filly sprinter trained by Scott Lake, has the rail in the Ambassador of Luck.

* Makin Peace, never off the board in six turf sprints at Philadelphia Park, will be the one to catch in the Bob Camac.