02/20/2005 12:00AM

Cape Hope remains perfect on turf

Cape Hope draws clear under Jerry Bailey to take the $60,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes by two lengths at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Cape Hope kept her record perfect on the turf, outfinishing Dynamite Lass and favorite Paddy's Daisy to capture Sunday's $60,000 at Gulfstream Park.

Cape Hope, a 3-year-old daughter of Cape Town, shipped to Gulfstream Park from the Fair Grounds where she'd won each of her first two starts on grass by six lengths. Trained by Dallas Stewart for her owner-breeder the Overbrook Farm, Cape Hope paid $8.00 after running a mile and one sixteenth over firm ground in 1:39.31 seconds under jockey Jerry Bailey.

Cape Hope raced within easy striking distance of Kristen Kristen's fast pace, Hope rallied three wide into the stretch then outkicked Dynamite Lass in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by two widening lengths . The latter launched her bid just inside the winner turning for home to overtake Paddy's Daisy in early stretch but could not last.

Paddy's Daisy, who brought a three race win streak into the Gaily Gaily, raced a bit rankly down the backstretch. She gained a short lead turning for home but proved no match for the top pair while weakening in the final furlong.

"She settled nice for me and I had no problem running them down," said Bailey who also won Saturday's feature race, the Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap, aboard Madcap Escapade.