10/12/2006 12:00AM

Moscarelli rematch in Hockessin


Four of the seven older sprinters who contested the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial a month ago are back together at Delaware Park for Saturday's Hockessin Stakes. Since the winner of the $100,000 Moscarelli, Celtic Innis, isn't among them, the $54,000 Hockessin at six furlongs is bound to produce a different outcome.

City Weekend, who missed by a neck at 14-1 in the Moscarelli, and Southern Missile, the pacesetter that day who faded to third, are the two most prominent returnees. Southern Missile can be expected to improve after showing high speed over a track that distinctly favored off-the-pace runners.

Don't discount Joey Carson, who finished fifth as the 8-5 favorite in the Moscarelli. The 4-year-old Joey Carson, trained by Tim Ritchey, has five wins and a second in his other six starts at Delaware Park. He figures to move forward in his second start following a layoff of nearly two months.

The fourth horse to come out of the Moscarelli is Crafty Schemer, who was never in contention and finished last. He has yet to regain the sharp form he had during the summer, when he won the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit at Canterbury Park.

Crafty Cammack, the 123-pound highweight in the field of seven on Saturday, comes into the Hockessin in peak form. Claimed for $50,000 out of a seven-length romp at Saratoga, Crafty Cammack won his first start for new trainer Tony Dutrow against high-priced optional claimers. He has put together back-to-back Beyer Speed Figures of 107 and 106 in those wins.

The remaining two members of the Hockessin field, Weigelia and Sinister G, both show respectable recent efforts against graded stakes company. Weigelia was third in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder three starts back. Two races ago, Sinister G set the pace for the first six furlongs of the Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile Iselin BC Handicap at Monmouth.