10/31/2007 11:00PM

Spooky Mulder showing new signs of life

EmailWho says you can't teach an old horse new tricks?

Spooky Mulder, a 9-year-old gelding with 31 victories, had gone 0 for 16 in stakes from July 2003 to December 2006. Now in the barn of Scott Lake, Spooky Mulder is 2 for 2 since he was brought to Delaware Park in early September, including his first stakes victory in an overnight stakes last time out.

Spooky Mulder will try to make it two stakes in a row against five other talented older sprinters in Saturday's $100,000 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial at six furlongs.

Although he led wire to wire two starts ago while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 103, Spooky Mulder, with jockey Abel Castellano Jr., will probably try to duplicate the tactics used on Oct. 6, where the old-timer sat third and made up a three-length deficit in the final furlong to get up by a head.

One of the horses Spooky Mulder beat last time, Banjo Picker, got cooked in a duel that day but may find himself alone on the lead in the Moscarelli.

The two best last-race Beyer Figures belong to Suave Jazz (96) and Joey Carson (95).

Suave Jazz, first or second in all eight of his races this season, has been idle since winning a high-priced optional claimer on Sept. 8.

Joey Carson is a horse for the course, winning 8 of 12 starts locally, including a 3 1/2-length score nearly a month ago.

Bound Notebook, the track's morning-line favorite at 9-5, ships in from New York for trainer Stan Hough. He just missed last time in the six-furlong Eillo at the Meadowlands, but has lost five in a row since taking an optional claimer at Belmont Park in late May and is only 3 for 20 lifetime.