03/16/2007 12:00AM

Adore the Gold works to beat the rain


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Adore the Gold got back to serious business at Gulfstream Park on Friday morning, working five furlongs in 1:00 under exercise rider Carlos Reyes.

The bullet drill was his first since finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 3 and one of two works penciled in before his next start in the $1 million Florida Derby on March 31.

"I had been planning to work him Saturday but the forecast called for rain so I moved it up a day to avoid getting caught in a situation where I could miss a few days because of the track condition," trainer Mike Gorham explained. "He went the first eighth in 13, the second in 12 and change and really picked it up after that. I thought it was a very good move."

Adore the Gold was beaten only a length by Scat Daddy after forcing the pace of California invader Stormello for the better part of the 1o1/8-mile Fountain of Youth.

"I don't think he necessarily has to be on the lead but the outside post pretty much forced our hand in the last one," said Gorham. "Right now we're not really looking ahead to the Kentucky Derby. He's already got about $117,000 in graded earnings but we're hoping for a good performance in the Florida Derby and then we'll decide about the next step.

Imawildandcrazyguy to Fla. Derby

Trainer Bill Kaplan has confirmed that Imawildandcrazyguy, second in the Risen Star and more recently fourth in the Louisiana Derby, will make his next start in the Florida Derby.

"I was happy with his race in Louisiana," said Kaplan, who is back in good health after saddling Imawildandcrazyguy while coping with a 103-degree fever last Saturday. "He had to go a little against his normal situation because of breaking from the eight post. That forced us to use him a little bit more going into the first turn."

Kaplan will have to make a rider change for the Florida Derby because Imawildandcrazyguy's regular jockey, Fernando Jara, is scheduled to be in Dubai on March 31.

Kaplan also reported that Drums of Thunder, runner-up to Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes here earlier in the meet, is currently on the shelf due to "some minor problems."

"It's nothing serious and if all goes well I could have him back to run in either the Arkansas or Illinois Derby," said Kaplan."

Final local breeze for Invasor

Horse of the Year Invasor worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds at Palm Meadows training center Friday morning in his final major prep before departing for Dubai on Tuesday.

Invasor, who overcame a rough trip to win the Grade 1 Donn Handicap for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in his 2007 debut, will be among the favorites in the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.

Guidry nears milestone

Mark Guidry won the eighth race on Friday and moved to within nine victories of becoming just the 21st rider in racing history to win 5,000 races. Guidry, 47, currently ninth in the current standings here this winter with 24 victories, won the coveted George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2006.

Guidry is the regular rider for trainer Michael Matz's promising 3-year-old Chelokee, who could make his next start in the Florida Derby.

Bridgmohan back riding

Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan wasted little time getting back to the winner's circle after recuperating from a broken collarbone sustained in a nasty spill here over the turf course on opening day.

Bridgmohan won with the second mount he accepted since returning to the saddle when he guided Dynaglider to a come-from-behind victory on the turf for trainer Phil Serpe in Thursday's third race.

Bridgmohan has received an extension of his apprentice allowance through mid-November.