05/26/2004 11:00PM

Peeping Tom should get right setup


Peeping Tom and Highway Prospector, a pair of 7-year-old geldings who have regularly competed against graded stakes company, are the most accomplished horses in a field of nine older sprinters for Saturday's $100,000 Donald Levine Memorial. The Grade 3, six-furlong sprint is the first stakes of the season at Philadelphia Park.

Peeping Tom, a 13-time winner with $1.3 million in earnings, and Highway Prospector, who won this race last year when it was contested at seven furlongs, both like to come from far off the pace. Although both might also prefer more distance, there appears to be sufficient early speed to set up their closing kicks.

Highway Prospector, part of a Mike Gill-owned entry with Out of Fashion, made up six lengths in the last quarter-mile of the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 15, his first start in six months.

Peeping Tom, idle since a seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in April, ran his best race of the season in the six-furlong Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct in January, winning by a head.

Among those with early speed, Secret Run, a 4-year-old New York shipper, and Spooky Mulder, one of two uncoupled horses from Scott Lake's barn, appear the most dangerous.

Secret Run, claimed for $40,000 last fall by trainer Frank Laboceetta Jr., most recently was in contention until the final furlong of the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont. Earlier this season, he posted winning Beyer Speed Figures of 111 and 107 in New York.

Spooky Mulder has already won four times this year. He earned triple-digit Beyers in winning his last two starts, against high-priced claimers in New York. So far, he has been unable to reproduce that form when moved up in class.