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Jul 14, 2006

Ten ladies set to go in Delaware Handicap


Stanton, DE (Sports Network) - Fleet Indian, winner of the Obeah Handicap, is the 3-2 morning line favorite for Sunday's $1 million Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. The 1 1/4 mile race will be broadcast live on ESPN at 5:45 p.m. (et).

Owned by Paul Saylor, Fleet Indian won the Obeah Handicap last month at Delaware Park by more than seven lengths as the 3-10 favorite. The five-year- old mare has lifetime earnings of more than $500,000 with 10 wins in 15 starts.

Fleet Indian is trained by Todd Pletcher and will start from the inside post in the 10 horse field. Award winning jockey Jose Santos will be in the saddle again. The mare is on a five race winning streak, the last three with Santos riding.

Pletcher also trains the 7-2 second choice La Reason. The six-year-old will break from post 3 with jockey Garrett Gomez. La Reason, owned by WinStar Farm and Tom and Ronald Kirby, is coming off a fourth place finish in the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. In her career La Reason has won nine of 40 starts for more than $800,000.

Trainer Richard Small's three horse entry of Dynamic Deputy, Sticky and Take a Check is the 6-1 third choice. Dynamic Deputy won the Shine Again Stakes last time out at Pimlico. She will break from post 5 with rider Luis Garcia.

Sticky and Take a Check both ran in the Obeah Handicap in June. Take a Check edged Sticky for third behind Fleet Indian. Sticky will be ridden by Jose Velez from post 6 and Mario Pino will be aboard Take a Check in post 8.

Rounding out the field for the Delaware Handicap are Gallant Secret, Friel's for Real, Grant's Moon, Carmandia and Fin.

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