06/10/2003 11:00PM

Penn National track report


Valley of the Gods, third behind a horse who went on to win a Grade 2 stakes in her next start, and Trijonia, who has won her last two races by nearly 21 lengths, head a field of 3-year-old filly sprinters seeking their first stakes victory in Friday night's $30,000 Wonders Delight at Penn National.

Based at Delaware Park with trainer Bessie Gruwell, Valley of the Gods earned a career-high 82 Beyer Speed Figure two starts ago when she finished a distant third to House Party in the Legal Light Stakes. House Party went on to capture the Nassau County Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park in her next start.

The effort Valley of the Gods gave in the Legal Light may have caused her to bounce when she returned three weeks later in a second-level allowance. She will be facing Pennsylvania-breds for the first time in the six-furlong Wonders Delight.

Trijonia, claimed for $15,000 by trainer Scott Lake in March, has won 5 of 12 lifetime starts, including her last pair at Philadelphia Park, each by more than 10 lengths.

Three other shippers with sharp form are French Jeanette, a six-length allowance winner at Pimlico two starts ago with an 80 Beyer; Twickin, who got a 78 Beyer when she wired maidens in her career debut; and Slick Punch, a winner of 3 of 5 starts, including an allowance last month at Delaware.