07/14/2003 11:00PM

Summer Colony heads Del 'Cap


Summer Colony, attempting to become only the fifth back-to-back winner and sixth two-time winner of the Delaware Handicap, is the 122-pound highweight and 2-1 morning line favorite for Sunday's 66th running of Delaware Park's premier race.

Trained by Mark Hennig and ridden by John Velazquez, Summer Colony drew the outermost post position in a field of eight older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles in the Handicap, which has been upgraded to Grade 2 status. No horse has won consecutive runnings of the race since Nastique in 1988 and 1989.

Both of Summer Colony's main rivals drew inside. Take Charge Lady, 3-1 second choice on the morning line, will break from post 3 with Shane Sellers. Wild Spirit, a Chilean import making her second start since coming to Bobby Frankel's barn, will leave from post 2 with Jerry Bailey.