02/08/2006 12:00AM

Philadelphia Park track report


After finishing third in a second-level allowance race in February 2005, Devil's Mark steadily dropped in class until he reached the rock-bottom $4,000 claiming ranks at Philadelphia Park in November.

But ever since he was claimed that day by trainer Cynthia Reese, the old-timer has been enjoying a career revival.

Now 8, Devil's Mark has moved back up the class ladder, winning easily for a $12,500 claiming price on Jan. 23 and again against $20,000 claimers last Sunday.

Reese had to keep outbidding the old connections of Devil's Mark to gain control of the gelding, who has won 16 of 72 career starts and more than $210,000.

Trainer Steve Mick, who paid $20,000 to acquire Devil's Mark for owners Harris Feinberg and Michael Ramsey a year ago, re-claimed the horse for $5,000 in his first start for Reese in December.

Reese upped the ante when she was willing to pay $10,000 for Devil's Mark, on behalf of Richard Abola, on Jan. 3.