01/13/2010 12:00AM

Clement finally gets meet going


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Christophe Clement did not start a horse during the first seven days of the 2010 Gulfstream Park meet. On the eighth day, he should prosper.

Clement figures to get his meet off to a good start when he sends out Powder Princess as the likely favorite in Thursday's $51,000 main event, a second-level optional claiming dash at six furlongs which drew a field of seven fillies and mares.

Powder Princess, 4, is a steadily improving daughter of Gone West who comes off the best race of her career, a second-place finish behind Grade 3 stakes winner Bold Union in Aqueduct's Tate overnight stakes on Dec. 2. Powder Princess, a three-quarter-length allowance winner over a muddy strip five weeks before that race, had her Beyer Speed Figures steadily climb during the latter part of her 3-year-old campaign, culminating with a career best 91 in the Tate.

Sheik's Serenade is another lightly raced but steadily improving 4-year-old filly. A daughter of Unbridled's Song trained by Bill Mott, she also earned a 91 Beyer in her 3-year-old finale when she led throughout to post a neck decision in an entry-level allowance at the Big A. The outing was the first for Sheik's Serenade in one year and just the fourth of her career.

Sheikh's Serenade figures to get tested early by Casanova Killer, who returns to the allowance ranks for the first time since winning a third-level optional claiming race at Penn National on June 25. Casanova Killer has kept a steady diet of stakes company in her five starts since, including a 6 3/4-length victory in the Jenny Wade Handicap at Penn National in late July.

Wyatt's Women has captured 4 of her last 5 starts. Trainer Marty Wolfson purchased the 6-year-old privately last summer for the Farnsworth Stables LLC. Wyatt's Women may be best suited to distances beyond six furlongs, although she did win a $16,000 starter allowance going six furlongs at Calder on Oct. 31.

w Grade 1 winner Homeboykris turned in another important prep for his 3-year-old debut when he drilled six furlongs in 1:13.22, according to Daily Racing Form, over a fast but tiring track here Tuesday. Homeboykris is expected to launch his campaign in the Grade 3 Holy Bull at a mile here on Jan. 23.