11/03/2005 12:00AM

Bright Gold out to extend win streak


Bright Gold lost her last four starts in 2004 and her first race this season, perhaps an indication it was time to think about retirement for the 5-year-old mare. In search of a wake-up call, trainer Mary Eppler tried returning Bright Gold to the turf, even though the mare was 0 for 5 lifetime on the surface.

Remarkably, Bright Gold has revived her career, winning turf sprints in Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Unbeaten since she resumed racing on grass in June, Bright Gold goes for her fourth stakes victory since July and her sixth consecutive win overall in Saturday's $85,000 Kattegat's Pride Stakes at Laurel Park.

The five-furlong turf race drew a field of 14 fillies and mares, along with one also-eligible.

Eppler said it's understandable why Bright Gold didn't run better on grass earlier in her career.

"She debuted as a 3-year-old on turf and a horse fell right in front of her. Despite all that trouble, she closed to finish fourth," Eppler said. "After that, I had a hard time getting her back on turf and she was running well enough on dirt. Now, she's training well and is full of confidence."

will carry high weight of 124 pounds, the same assignment she handled when she earned a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure in a two-length stakes victory at Keeneland two weeks ago.

The 4-year-old , a winner of 4 of 9 on grass, will attempt to close our her career on a winning note. She finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Bright Gold in their only previous meeting earlier this season.

"We tried to run her three times and the races came off the turf. If the race comes off the grass on Saturday, she will run anyway," said Mark Shuman, who trains Ambition Unbridled. "This is the last start of her career. The following day, she will ship to Kentucky to sell as a broodmare/racing prospect."

Totally Selfish began 2005 racing on dirt for a $3,500 claiming tag, losing by more than 27 lengths. On grass, however, the 6-year-old Totally Selfish has been a vastly improved mare.

Since August, she has won 5 of 7. A front-runner, Totally Selfish will be making her first start for trainer Dale Capuano after being privately sold several weeks ago.

may be a live longshot. In her only previous start on grass, Gilded Gold was among four horses that finished less than length apart at the wire of a turf stakes at Monmouth that was run in less than 56 seconds.