10/13/2006 11:00PM

Spooky Mulder hitting on all cylinders


Spooky Mulder should throw a scare into five rivals Tuesday afternoon in the $60,000 Eillo Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

First post is 1:10 p.m. for the nine-race card, which is topped by the Eillo, a six-furlong stakes that was originally scheduled for Friday night but was postponed when it failed to fill.

The successful rescheduling was welcome news for trainer Patrick Reynolds, who had been shopping for a spot for Spooky Mulder.

"He is in top condition, so we're going to the take a shot at the stakes," said Reynolds.

An 8-year-old, Spooky Mulder ran strong races in his last two starts, winning a $100,000 claimer at Saratoga, in which he got a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, and finishing second by a head in the off-the-turf Lure Stakes at Belmont Park, in which he got a 98 Beyer.

"He's probably in career form right now," Reynolds said. "He has always been plagued with hoof problems, but now we've got him going the right way, and the blacksmith did a real good job. He's ready to rock."

Spooky Mulder turned in an unintended bullet work on Oct. 9 at Belmont, going three furlongs in 36.63 seconds.

"It was uncharacteristic, because we don't usually ask that much in the morning," Reynolds said. "Somebody broke off in front of him, and he was trying to overhaul the horse in the lane. He's all racehorse."

Reynolds and owner Paul Pompa Jr. claimed Spooky Mulder for $100,000 at Aqueduct in April. He has run five times since then, with two wins, a second in the Lure, and a third in the Wolf Hill at Monmouth Park in May. Overall, he has won 27 races and $761,345.

"You can't help but fall in love with this horse," Reynolds said. "The owner stepped up. The age factor didn't matter. We figured if we got a little campaign out of him, we'd get the $100,000 back in four or five races. It's working out that way."

Outcashem has also worked out a successful campaign this year for trainer Scott Lake. A 5-year-old, he has won seven races and $236,856 in 2006. Most of those wins came in races ranging from 4 1/2 to five furlongs, including the $100,000 Charles Town Dash Handicap on July 4.

Completing the field are Carrots Only, Hitthegroundrunnin, Maddy's Lion, and Slam Bammy.