06/06/2007 11:00PM

Stretch-out sprinters dangerous


White Russian and Saltie Springs, both stretching out from sprints to a route, are intriguing contenders in the wide-open Peppy Addy, a $60,000 stakes restricted to Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-olds at Philadelphia Park.

White Russian, second of four in a high-priced starter allowance in his lone previous try around two turns, comes from the high-percentage barn of Steve Klesaris. In the past two years, Klesaris is 9 for 30 with runners going sprint to route and back in less than 30 days.

Bob Seeger, the trainer of Saltie Springs, has almost identical stats, winning 10 of 30 starts with stretch-out sprinters back in 14 days or less. Saltie Springs is coupled with Chase for the Gold, a wire-to-wire winner in the mud going a mile last time out and a length behind White Russian two starts ago in the Danzig at Penn National.

Charles Town: Confucius Say in tough

Confucius Say, one of Charles Town's most popular and successful horses, will hook up with the speedy Forest Park in the $50,000 Cortan Stakes at seven furlongs.

Now 9, Confucius Say has recorded 13 of his 15 victories at Charles Town. He appeared as fast as ever when he wired four rivals in an allowance three weeks ago, earning a 99 Beyer.

Confucius Say figures to face early pressure from the 6-year-old Forest Park, a Delaware Park-based runner who is 3 for 4 shipping into Charles Town. Most recently, Forest Park earned a career-best 102 Beyer for a front-running win over a muddy track locally on April 12.