12/26/2005 12:00AM

Axthelm runners go to work


MIAMI - With four of the six stakes races here this weekend carded for the turf, it was no surprise the grass courses at both Calder and Palm Meadows saw plenty of action during training hours Monday.

At Calder, where the turf is available for training only once a week, seven 3-year-olds and one 2-year-old with designs on stakes races over the weekend prepped for those starts, including Dream On Dream On, who is among the likely favorites in Saturday's $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes.

Dream On Dream On already is a three-time stakes winner here this season and has won 5 of his 8 starts on turf. He will be coming back on short rest in the Axthelm, having registered a wire-to-wire two-length victory in the Mel's Hope Stakes on Dec. 14.

"I have no problem with him coming back in only a couple of weeks," said Bill Kaplan, who trains Dream On Dream On for owner-breeders Herb and Ione Elkins. "And that's why I worked him slow this morning and just let him finish up down the lane."

With regular jockey Juan Leyva aboard, Dream On Dream On worked five furlongs around the dogs in 1:05.60 on Monday, coming home his final quarter in under 24 seconds.

Kaplan and Leyva have formed a potent team of late. The pair also joined forces with the Elkins's improving 2-year-old filly Prospect of Love, who slipped through a narrow opening along the hedge entering the stretch en route to victory in Saturday's $50,000 Georgia Debutante Stakes.

"I thought Juan put up an outstanding ride on the filly last Saturday," said Kaplan. "He's an outstanding rider who also gives me tremendous feedback on my horses, and I'm surprised he's not being used more by other trainers. Maybe after watching his ride in the Debutante, some of the others will take notice. Prospect of Love is a filly with a ton of talent but remains a work in progress behavior-wise."

Among the other prospects for the Axthelm who worked over the Calder turf on Monday were Lord Robyn (five furlongs in 1:00.60) and Kin's Hurrah (four furlongs in 48.60). Aclassysassylassy (five furlongs in 1:00.60), Dansetta Light (four furlongs in 48.80), Flying Circle (five furlongs in 1:00.40 in company with Lord Robyn), and Running Bobcat (five furlongs in 1:03) all worked on the turf for Saturday's $100,000 Frances Genter Stakes. Two-year-old filly Mia's Reflection (four furlongs in 49.40) worked on the grass for Sunday's $100,000 Tropical Oaks.

At Palm Meadows, trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Axthelm nominee Harbor Master to work five furlongs in 1:02.80 and Genter hopefuls Brazilian and Ready's Gal to go a half-mile in 49.80 on the turf. Pletcher also worked Coin Silver five furlongs in 1:00 over the main track. Coin Silver, winner of the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes, has not started since his 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Marchonin rallies in Joy to the World

Marchonin, who has been nearly unbeatable since trainer Michael Matz switched her to the grass this summer at Saratoga, rallied from last at the half-mile pole to register a half-length decision over 2-1 favorite Cloon in Monday's $40,000 Joy to the World Stakes.

Marchonin ($12.20), a 3-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band, has won 4 of her last 5 starts, with her lone loss coming by a neck in her turf debut Aug. 24. Shuffled to last after the opening half-mile of the Joy to the World, Marchonin swung wide under jockey Joe Bravo while rallying around the far turn, overtook the leaders with a rush near midstretch, then withstood Cloon. Cloon turned in a big effort in her U.S. debut, finishing best of all after racing near the rear half of the pack for much of the race.

Unlike Marchonin, Everything to Gain had been winless in his last five starts but he got back on the winning track after exploding through the stretch to outfinish Stormy Roman for a three-quarter-length victory in Monday's $40,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes. Everything to Gain, a former Grade 1 performer, had not won since capturing his 2005 debut at Churchill Downs on July 10.

Everything to Gain ($17.60) was ridden by Mike Smith, who will be his regular rider in south Florida this winter at Gulfstream Park. Everything to Gain is trained by Dale Romans for owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.

Keep Cool, the 2-1 favorite, led to midstretch before finishing a tiring fifth.