Updated on 09/18/2011 12:02AM

Trickle of Gold wheels back after all


Fortunately for trainer Mike Gorham, he wasn't on the witness stand in court when he stated a week ago that Trickle of Gold wouldn't return on short rest to run in the Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park.

Gorham clearly changed his mind between then and now, because the 4-year-old Trickle of Gold will indeed come back two weeks after setting a track record in Saturday's $75,000 Sweet and Sassy at six furlongs.

is the track's 9-5 morning-line favorite in a strong field of eight fillies and mares which includes last year's Sweet and Sassy winner, Annika Lass; Flame of Love, a two-time stakes winner for trainer Scott Lake this season; and South American import Stormy Kiss, a Group 1 winner in Argentina who is 5 for 6 lifetime.

Gorham originally figured that Trickle of Gold would need more than 14 days to recover from her optional claiming win on May 6. That day she broke a track record that had lasted since October 1990 by running 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.68.

"Two weeks after a race like that is not ideal, but there are so few spots for filly and mare sprinters in stakes that you have got to take what you can get when you can get it," Gorham said. "Her last race did not take much out of her. I think it just sharpened her up for this Saturday more than anything."

Her running style puts Trickle of Gold in danger of hooking up with two other confirmed front-runners, Flame of Love and Stormy Kiss.

Since she was claimed by Lake for $25,000 last November, Flame of Love has won 4 of 5 starts, including an eight-length romp in the Primonetta at Laurel last month.

will be making her first start for trainer Barclay Tagg after consistently showing high early speed in group races in Argentina at distances ranging from five furlongs to one mile.

A hot pace would benefit , who in both of her starts this year finished third in Grade 2 races in New York. Annika Lass, who this year has been trained by Steve Asmussen, came from sixth to get up by a nose in the 2005 Sweet and Sassy.

Charles Town: Slight edge to Bindloe

Three sprinters, each coming off a daylight victory in similar local allowance races, appear difficult to separate in the $50,000 Country Road at Charles Town.

The 4 1/2-furlong race drew a field of 10 3-year-old fillies, plus one also-eligible.

Among those three last-out winners, each of whom exit a third-level allowance race, the best performance at the distance of the Country Road belongs to Bindloe. She may be susceptible to a bounce, however, after improving from a 58 Beyer Speed Figure all the way to an 84 last time out.

Matuko and Phoney Exchange are the other two who won last out. Matuko defeated Phoney Exchange by 12 1/2 lengths going 6 1/2 furlongs on April 22. That win looks all the more impressive after Phoney Exchange returned to score by 2 3/4 lengths two weeks ago.

Other contenders include Maryland shipper Exuding Quality, who returns to the dirt after winning a five-furlong turf allowance at Pimlico, and Nasdaq Queen, an impressive winner of a first-level allowance at Pimlico in her first start after she was claimed by trainer Howard Wolfendale.

Standing for Peace is an intriguing longshot. She was good enough last year as a 2-year-old to win a restricted stakes going 4 1/2 furlongs. Standing for Peace will be making the second start of her form cycle after flashing speed and tiring three weeks ago.

Mountaineer: Outcashem on a roll

Outcashem, who has won 9 of 10 starts at five different tracks since June 2005, goes for his fifth straight victory in the $75,000 Waterford Park Handicap at Mountaineer.

The 7-year-old Outcashem, trained by Scott Lake, comes off a wire-to-wire win in the five-furlong Panhandle at Mountaineer two weeks ago.

Yucatan and Danieltown, who each finished within two lengths of Outcashem in the Panhandle, are back to challenge him again.

A New York-based shipper formerly in Lake's barn may have the best chance to upset Outcashem. Morine's Victory, who just missed in the six-furlong Pelican at Tampa in mid-January, will be making his first start for trainer Tim Hooper after winning back-to-back sprints as the odds-on favorite at Laurel and Charles Town.