02/07/2007 1:00AM

Awesome Attitude's best shot


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer David Fawkes isn't quite sure yet whether his improving 4-year-old Awesome Attitude is better on turf or dirt. But one thing Fawkes is fairly certain about is that his horse has a better chance of winning a first-level allowance race on the grass during the Gulfstream Park winter meet than he does on the main track.

For that reason, Fawkes entered Awesome Attitude in Friday's $46,000 main event, where he'll be one of the choices along with Lucky to Cope in a five-furlong dash to be run under entry-level allowance conditions on the grass.

Awesome Attitude returned to the dirt and shortened up to six furlongs off a pair of two-turn outings on grass, and won his maiden by 2o1/4 widening lengths here on Jan. 15. It was a performance that looked even better after the runner-up from that race, Omega Three Pete, defeated maiden allowance opposition at a mile on Wednesday.

"Awesome Attitude is an improving horse, although at the moment I really can't say if he's better on turf or dirt," said Fawkes. "But the 'one-other-than' turf races are definitely much easier around here than they are on the dirt. I don't think I could win an allowance here on the main track with him right now.

"The distance Friday might be a tad too short for him," he added, "but he's doing very well at the moment, and with the rain we've had this week I'm hoping the course has softened up enough where the speed might not carry as well."

The speed on Friday, if he breaks alertly, will be Lucky to Cope, who has finished a close second after setting the pace in both of his previous tries on grass. A 5-year-old son of Lucky Lionel, Lucky to Cope did not try turf until his 14th career start, and was beaten a head in a similar five-furlong turf dash at Calder. In his most recent start, on Jan. 19, Lucky to Cope was run down in the closing strides by Little Genius and lost by a half-length.

Trueheart returns from Tampa Bay Downs, where he won his maiden around two turns in a race switched from the turf to the main track. A son of Fuasaichi Pegasus, he is also a half-brother to the Belmont Stakes and Preakness runner-up - and Grade 1 winner - A.P. Valentine.

Two Deals Pending owns the best Tomlinson turf rating by far in Friday's field, a 389, but has a habit of breaking poorly in most of his races.