07/08/2003 11:00PM

Penn National track report


Run for Joy and Malvern Rose, who finished within a length of each other when they ran one-two a year ago, meet again in Friday night's $30,000 Missy Good Stakes for Pennslylvania-bred female sprinters at Penn National.

Although she is based at Philadelphia Park with trainer John McCaslin, the 7-year-old Run for Joy does her best running at Penn National, where she is 7 for 7. She made up a three-length deficit on the pacesetting Malvern Rose in the final eighth of a mile of the six-furlong Missy Good last season.

Although Run for Joy has not run since April, McCaslin has won with 30 percent of his starters off long layoffs the past two years and boasts the same percentage in stakes races.

Malvern Rose, a 6-year-old trained by John Zimmerman, has been idle since last December. Zimmerman does well with horses returning from extended vacations, however, and Malvern Rose has been first or second in 9 of 10 starts at Penn National.

The other horse for the course in the nine-horse field is Our Preciousmoment. She is 6 for 7 at Penn National, but her form has gone sour in her last two starts at Philadelphia Park and Mountaineer.