03/15/2003 12:00AM

Boston Brat a potential triple threat


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Boston Brat at this meet has already established the Gulfstream Park record for five furlongs (56.35 seconds) and equaled the track mark for 5 1/2 furlongs (1:02.47). Monday, he will take assault on Mr. Prospector and Artax's six-furlong mark (1:07.80) when he runs in an optional claiming/ fourth-level allowance race.

Boston Brat, who won his record races by a combined 20 lengths, may find a little more heat on the front end Monday, with several other early-speed types in the seven-horse field. One of those horses, Bobby's Buckaroo, is also sent out by Shuman, which means one could scratch. Having fired Jose Santos, Shuman has named Eibar Coa on both halves of the entry.

If Boston Brat does run, he figures to have to deal with early pressure from the likes of Jeanies Rob and/or Spin Zone. Spin Zone will be making his first start for trainer Bill Mott after winning 3 of 10 starts, including the 2002 Fred "Cappy" Caposella Stakes, for trainer Ben Perkins Jr.

Should Boston Brat, who figures to be a short-priced favorite, be unable to shake the other speed, a horse who could pick up the pieces is Saint Appeal. A daughter of Saint Ballado, Saint Appeal won first- and second-level allowance races at Woodbine last year when in the barn of Roger Attfield.

Owner Frank Stronach transferred Saint Appeal to Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley, who after several lean years is in the process of rebuilding his stable. Saint Appeal shows a series of steady workouts at Palm Meadows and gets the services of Mark Guidry.

Tv Sports Director, who is 0 for 9 on dirt, takes another stab at the main track for Reed Combest. Termination Dust rounds out the field.

Owsley to miss Orchid

Owsley, a multiple Grade 2 stakes-winning turf mare of 2002, will not run in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Orchid Handicap because of ankle problems, trainer Randy Schulhofer said.

"The track getting a little hard got to her a little bit and slowed her down a little bit," Schulhofer said. "Her ankles got puffy, so I lightened up on her training and it made me take a little more time. Hopefully, I can get her ready to run at the end of Aqueduct or beginning of Belmont."

The race at the end of Aqueduct that Schulhofer is thinking about is the $100,000 Beaugay Handicap on May 3.

Last year, Owsley won the New York Handicap, Glens Falls Handicap, and the WinStar Galaxy Handicap before finishing last in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

The Orchid, run at 1 1/2 miles on turf, drew only 15 nominations. Among those expected to start are Hi Tech Honeycomb, Queue, Rosa Parks, San Dare, Stay Forever, and Tweedside.

Windsor Castle readies for Gulfstream Handicap

Windsor Castle, the winner of the Hal's Hope Stakes earlier in the meet, worked five furlongs in 1:00 Saturday in preparation for the

Grade 2, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap here on March 29. Windsor Castle's final time equaled the fastest of 14 moves at the distance.

After winning the Hal's Hope, Windsor Castle ran in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, where he finished sixth after hitting the rail entering the first turn. Trainer Frank Alexander believes the Gulfstream Park Handicap could come up relatively soft, and that's one of the reasons he will leave him in south Florida for a few more weeks.

"He's here and he doesn't have to ship, and I think he'll get the mile and a quarter," Alexander said. "He's a kind horse - he'll rate for you, and that's what you need."

With Harlan's Holiday, winner of the Donn, having shipped to Dubai on Saturday, the Gulfstream Park Handicap is likely to be headed by Hero's Tribute and Puzzlement, the second- and third-place finishers from the Donn.

Seeking Daylight starts another comeback

Seeking Daylight, who has fractured the cannon bones in both of his front legs in his career, began another comeback Saturday by working three furlongs in 36.60 seconds over Gulfstream's main track.

Seeking Daylight won last year's Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap by 8 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park. Two days before he was to run in the Suburban Handicap at Belmont, he fractured the cannon bone in his right front leg. At 2, after winning his first two starts, Seeking Daylight suffered a fractured left front cannon bone, an injury that kept him away from the races for 15 months.

Trainer Mark Hennig has no specific race targeted for Seeking Daylight, owned and bred by Edward Evans. He will most likely be ready to return during the Belmont spring meet.

Hennig worked two of his stakes-winning mares Saturday, as Raging Fever went five furlongs in 1:00, equaling the fastest of 14 moves at the distance. Summer Colony, the only horse to have defeated Azeri last year, worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 as she readies for her seasonal debut.

Collier takes Trujillo's book

Veteran agent Cliff Collier has taken over the bookings here for jockey Elvis Trujillo.

Trujillo was an easy second in the jockey standings behind runaway winner Rene Douglas during the 2002 Arlington Park meeting, where he maintained a solid win 20 percent win mark even after losing his apprentice allowance during the course of the session.

Trujillo wasted little time making his presence felt locally, guiding first-time starter Larry's Blackhoney to an easy victory for trainer Wesley Ward here on March 9.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch