07/25/2001 11:00PM

Superduper Delaware miss


Superdupermiss clearly qualifies as a horse for the course at Delaware Park.

A win in Sunday's $75,000 Light Hearted Stakes extended her perfect record to 4 for 4 here. So it's not surprising to learn that trainer Paul Rizzo's late-summer plans for the 5-year-old Superdupermiss include two more races on Delaware's stakes calendar.

According to Rizzo, his star sprinter will focus on races in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships series, which includes the Grade 3 $150,000 Endine Stakes on Sept. 8 and the $100,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes on Sept. 29. Both races are at six furlongs, the distance at which Superdupermiss has recorded eight of her 11 victories. She currently ranks second in the MATCH standings with 14 points, six behind Big Bambu.

The one MATCH series race Rizzo will skip is Saturday's $75,000 Blue Sparkler Handicap at Monmouth Park. He intends to have Superdupermiss make her next start in the $125,000 Straight Deal Breeders' Cup, a seven-furlong race at Pimlico on Aug. 18.

"Our plan is to get her back into the MATCH series because we still think she can win her division," said Rizzo. "She will miss the next race at Monmouth, but since she likes this track, we are hoping we can pick up the points to win the division in the races at Delaware Park."

Balarat gives Ritchey edge

Trainer Tim Ritchey has found a gem for the starter handicap series at Delaware. His 4-year-old colt, Balarat, owns a distinct class edge over the horses he is facing and has won the first two legs of the series, restricted to horses who have started for $12,500 or less within the past two seasons.

Balarat qualifies, even though he has been facing allowance horses with multiple victories and high-priced optional claimers all year. It doesn't show on Balarat's recent past performances, but back in April and May of 2000, he twice started - and lost - while running in $1`2,500 maiden claiming races.

Balarat's stablemate, 8-year-old gelding Cantbetouched, ran second in Sunday's second leg of the series at 1 1/8 miles. A trainer can enter different horses in each leg of the series and even more than one horse per race, but only the top finisher in each race earns points for the stable.

Ritchey leads the series with 17 points, six ahead of Julio Cartagena. The winner's share of the $50,000 series bonus money is $30,000.

The third leg in the series will be contested at 1 3/16 miles on Aug. 19.

Rose returns, still on top

Despite sitting out seven days while under suspension, apprentice Jeremy Rose has managed to maintain his perch atop Delaware's jockey standings.

Rose, 22, will resume riding Saturday after serving his penalty, imposed for careless riding aboard Castellia's Dance on June 20.

Coming into Saturday's program, Rose has ridden 69 winners here, five more than 31-year veteran Anthony Black. Five-time riding champion Mike McCarthy is six wins behind Rose.

"Actually, I'm really surprised I still have the lead," said Rose, who spent several days visiting his parents in Bellefonte, Pa. "It was really refreshing to get away from the track for a couple of days. The first couple of days were nice, but after that I wanted to get back to racing."