10/29/2002 1:00AM

Red Bullet to run at Delaware


Red Bullet, the 2000 Preakness winner, has been entered in Saturday's $55,000 Foggy Road Stakes at Delaware Park, a race his connections hope to use as a springboard to the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 30.

Red Bullet drew post 7 and will face 12 rivals in the six-furlong race. Michael McCarthy, Delaware's leading rider, has the call.

Trainer Joe Orseno said the Foggy Road was plan B after poor weather in New York two weeks ago affected his ability to get Red Bullet prepared for last Saturday's seven-furlong Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct.

Also, Orseno said, "This is six furlongs instead of seven. I didn't feel he was 100 percent ready to go seven."

Red Bullet hasn't been out since March 30, when he finished fifth as the favorite in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. He came out of the race with a foot abscess and was sent to owner Frank Stronach's farm in Ocala, Fla. While there, he developed a suspensory problem.

Red Bullet was shipped to Orseno near the end of the Saratoga meet. On Tuesday, he galloped a strong mile in 1:48 and was actually credited with a half-mile workout in 51.24 seconds by clockers at Belmont's training track.

Among his toughest opponents in the Foggy Road will be Marciano, He's a Knockout, and True Passion.