Delegation faces 4 in the Eclipse Stakes.

Delegation faces 4 in the Eclipse Stakes.

Michael Burns

Delegation Dangerous in Woodbine's Eclipse

Speedy son of Speightstown faces just four opponents in 1 1/16-mile Polytrack test.

Delegation should be able to dictate the tempo in the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) in a short field of five May 12, making the 4-year-old son of Speightstown  a dangerous commodity on the Polytrack at Woodbine.

Trained by Mark Casse for owner Gary Barber, Delegation took the field gate to wire in an allowance test at Woodbine April 21 at the Eclipse distance of 1 1/16 miles. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, the gelding pulled away in the stretch for a 3 1/2-length triumph while timed in 1:42.41.

In the follow-up, Delegation will again face James Street, the 122-pound highweight who ran second in the allowance heat. Also coming out of that race is fourth-place finisher Don Cavallo. The others in the slight field are Alpha Bettor, making his seasonal bow, and Perfect Afleet, who will take his first stab in stakes company.

The Eclipse, improved to a grade II event this year, goes as the eighth race on Woodbine's Sunday card with a 4:25 p.m. EDT scheduled post.

Delegation, to be ridden again by Gary Boulanger from the outside post, won last year's Durham Cup (Can-III) at 1 1/8 miles. That front-running tally preceded a third-place effort at 19-1 in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park. He finished four lengths behind the victorious Tapizar .

Melnyk Racing Stable homebred James Street is a two-time graded stakes winner on the track for trainer Josie Carroll. Winner of the Autumn Stakes at the Eclipse distance last November, the 6-year-old son of El Prado is winless in two starts this year. He ran fifth in last year's Eclipse. Patrick Husbands has the return call from post 5.

Grade III winner Don Cavallo ran second in the 2011 Eclipse but had just one start last year, finishing off the board. Trainer Reade Baker returns to blinkers after Stronach Stables' 6-year-old El Prado horse was defeated by more than 10 lengths last time. Emma-Jayne Wilson is back aboard.

Bulldog Racing's Alpha Bettor won last summer's Seagram Cup (Can-III) at 1 1/16 miles and makes his first start for trainer Dan Vella since running fourth in the Autumn Nov. 10. The 5-year-old son of Alphabet Soup has been training well for his return, most recently turning in a five-furlong drill 1:00 3/5 May 6 at Woodbine, second-fastest of 33 on the morning. Justin Stein get the mount.

Perfect Afleet, trained by Roger Attfield for owner/breeder Charles Fipke, won a one-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park to begin his year March 9. The 7-year-old Perfect Soul  chestnut posted fourth-place finishes in two subsequent tries, the most recent against allowance company on the Keeneland turf April 13. Luis Contreras rides from the inside post.

$200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II, Race 8, 4:25 p.m.), 4 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (All Weather)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Perfect Afleet (KY), L Contreras, 116, R L Attfield
2. Don Cavallo (KY), E Wilson, 116, R Baker
3. Alpha Bettor (KY), J Stein, 120, D J Vella
4. James Street (KY), P Husbands, 122, J Carroll
5. Delegation (KY), G Boulanger, 119, M E Casse
Blinkers On: Don Cavallo