02/10/2005 12:00AM

Angela's Love looks like the one to catch


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Angela's Love is tough to beat when allowed to relax on the lead, and should have things her own way on the front end in Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park.

Although proved she could win from off the pace in the Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap last summer in Kentucky, there is little doubt she is at her best when loose on the lead. Earlier in the session here, she led throughout to score a 2 1/2-length victory in the Marshua's River Stakes, which marked only the second time in 15 starts that Angela's Love has raced on grass.

Angela's Love's chances of making an easy lead in the 1 1/8-mile Suwannee River were enhanced when she drew post 2 in an evenly matched field of 11 fillies and mares. Kieren Fallon, who rode Angela's Love for the first time in the Marshua's River, will get a return call from trainer Dale Romans on Saturday.

Binya will carry high weight of 118 pounds, one more than Angela's Love, if she starts as expected. The winner of the Grade 3 The Very One Handicap here last winter, Binya was also entered by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Friday's allowance feature.

has been lightly raced since her 2 1/2-length victory in The Very One, having made only three starts in the past 12 months and none since finishing seventh in Woodbine's Grade 2 Canadian Handicap on Sept. 19. Binya has been training extremely well at Palm Meadows in preparation for her return.

Among the other top contenders in the Suwannee River are Snowdrops, Savedbythelight, Banyu Dewi, Honey Ryder, and High Court.

finished third in the Marshua's River, three lengths behind Angela's Love, after encountering trouble down the backstretch. The loss was her fourth straight since June, when her four-race winning streak was snapped.

Savedbythelight was winless in seven starts last year, when she raced primarily against Grade 2 company. She is a graded stakes winner, having captured the Grade 3 Ladies Handicap in her 2003 finale.

Banyu Dewi and High Court are an uncoupled entry for trainer Michael Matz. Banyu Dewi finished fourth, beaten only a length, in a much-needed allowance race Jan. 21, her first start in 14 months.

High Court, a Group 1 winner in her native Brazil, showed improvement toward the end of her 2004 campaign when she finished second in a pair of Grade 3 races.