08/22/2009 12:00AM

Secretintelligence wires New Castle


Secretintelligence took the lead shortly after the start and never looked back in winning Saturday's restricted $75,700 New Castle Stakes at Delaware Park.

Secretintelligence, ridden by Jose Caraballo and trained by Tim Ritchey, pulled clear from Homecroft in upper stretch and was able to hold off a fast-closing Wawaset Park by a half-length at the wire. Homecroft finished another 1 1/2 lengths behind in third.

Owned by Win More Stable Inc., Secrectintelligence returned $3.80 as the favorite in a field of seven, including an entry. The 6-year-old gelding completed the six furlongs on a sloppy, sealed track in 1:11.61 and improved his record to 9-12-4 in 35 starts.

The New Castle was one of four stakes on the card restricted to Delaware-bred or Delaware-certified horses.

In order to qualify for the program, a horse must have been born in Delaware or spent a minimum of 90 consecutive days on a Delaware farm or training facility prior to March 31 of his 2-year-old season.

In other stakes:

* Toboggan Slide and Golden Ghost went head to head through the stretch and couldn't be separated at the wire, dead-heating for the win in the $76,750 First State Dash, a five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds that was taken off the turf and run on the main track. The pair finished 5 3/4 lengths in front of 8-5 favorite Phil's Prospect, who was a nose better than Clever Ralph.

Toboggan Slide, ridden by Walter Llagas and trained Daniel T. O'Ryan, paid $8.20 as a 7-1 choice and stayed unbeaten in two career starts.

Golden Ghost won for the first time in his third try, paying $5.40 as the 4-1 third choice. He was ridden by Jeremy Rose and trained by Michael Gorham.The time was 59.07 seconds.

* Sarah Cataldo ($87) ran down pacesetter La Danseur in the stretch to score a three-quarter-length upset in the $77,100 Tax Free Shopping Distaff for fillies and mares. Sarah Cataldo, a 3-year-old filly ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Richard Small, covered the six furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:12.86. La Danseur held second by a head over Christina's World.

* Southern Truth ($2.40), with jockey David Cohen up, broke on top and led every step on her way to a 2 3/4-length victory in the off-the-turf $75,350 Small Wonder Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Southern Truth, trained by Jason Servis at Monmouth Park, ran the five furlongs on a sloppy sealed track in 58.77 seconds. Smooth Talking finished second, nine lengths in front of Royal Camp.