10/07/2009 11:00PM

Stretch-out may suit Ennis, El Rocco


In a group of lightly raced 2-year-olds with little proven form going two turns, El Rocco and Ennis might respond well stretching out to a route in Saturday's $75,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park.

The Dover drew a field of eight, six of whom have only a maiden win to their credit.

Citrus Kid is the lone two-turn winner in the field, and his modest 66 Beyer Speed Figure for a wire-to-wire score going a mile and 70 yards may not be good enough to get the job done Saturday.

There are encouraging signs that both El Rocco and Ennis will relish the extra distance they will get in the 1 1/16-mile Dover.

El Rocco rallied to get third against repeat winner Western Smoke in the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth Park last month. His 81 Beyer is the best last-race figure in Saturday's field.

Trained by Bruce Levine, El Rocco is a son of Vicar, a two-time Grade 1 winner going long as a 3-year-old in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby.

Ennis got a solid 79 Beyer for his off-the-pace score against 10 maiden special weight rivals in his career debut. His sire, Medallist, won the Grade 2 Dwyer at 1 1/16 miles at 3. Ennis also is a half-brother to Arcata, whose six victories in dirt routes included the 1 1/8-mile Harrison Johnson at Laurel.

In addition, his trainer, Graham Motion, shows 9-for-36 success with 2-year-olds making their first start in a dirt route while returning in less than 30 days, according to DRF's Formulator.

Bellissima Luna merits respect, based on her connections. Trainer Juan Vazquez and owner Florence Patitucci teamed up to upset last weekend's Blue Hen for 2-year-old fillies with the maiden Ms Vanenzza.

Kratisto, based locally with trainer Ferris Allen, was clearly second-best to Western Smoke in the $100,000 Charles Town Juvenile, a two-turn race at seven furlongs, before a non-effort on Polytrack in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity.

My Charming Clyde is the track's 5-2 morning-line favorite after reeling off three straight victories by a combined margin of more than 15 lengths. He will be making his first start beyond six furlongs for a trainer, Anthony Pecoraro, who is just 1 for 11 with 2-year-olds stretching out from sprints to routes.