04/07/2011 3:22PM

Penn National allowance the comeback spot for Fabulous Strike


The 8-year-old millionaire Fabulous Strike, once one of the best sprinters in the country, will try to resurrect his career when he faces five other older sprinters in a six-furlong allowance Saturday night at Penn National Race Course.

Hobbled by a tendon injury since finishing second in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap in October 2009, Fabulous Strike shows three bullet workouts since early January, including a five-furlong move from the gate in 58.60 seconds on March 26. He will be racing at his home track for the first time since winning his maiden in his second career start in February 2006.

Returning after 18 months on the sidelines, Fabulous Strike faces competition from Peppi Knows, winner of the 2010 Whirlaway and runner-up in the Grade 2 Remsen in 20009, and Wink At the Girls, a 10-time winner who posted four Beyers in the narrow range between 94 and 97 between October and January.

Assuming Fabulous Strike runs well, trainer Todd Beattie plans to point him to the $75,000 Vince Moscarelli at Delaware Park on May 7 – a race the horse won in 2008 – and then possibily the Grade 2 True North Handicap on the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 11. Fabulous Strike won the True North in 2009 with a 111 Beyer. Both the Moscarelli and the True North are at six furlongs.