02/14/2006 12:00AM

Contenders from top to bottom


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - As is so often the case in turf races during the heart of the Gulfstream Park meeting, there will be no shortage of live contenders when a full field of 12 older horses compete in Thursday's $35,000 main event. The 1 1/16-mile race is for two-other-than allowance horses or for those who have not won three races.

A pretty good case can be made for more than half the field, a group which, in order of preference, comprises Remarkable News, Indigo Cat, Harbor Master, Charlevoix, I'm Going Platinum, Run the Light, and Mythical Conquest. The remainder of the lineup is Excellent Cut, El Vedado, Babel, Fifth Edition, and Talented Prince.

Trained by Angel Penna Jr., is a lightly raced 4-year-old who has started just three times, finishing second in his debut before posting consecutive allowance victories this fall in New York. He displayed the courage and poise of a much more experienced horse in his 3-year-old finale, when he made two runs before edging off to a 1 3/4-length victory in a full field of first-level allowance horses at Aqueduct.

Remarkable News has trained steadily for Penna this winter at Palm Meadows, where he has sandwiched one bullet work on dirt between a steady diet of turf breezes.

, a $2.6 million son of Storm Cat, has been campaigned exclusively in Europe and has a pair of wins and a second from three starts. Trained in the U.S. by Steve Asmussen, Indigo Cat will cut back sharply in distance on Thursday, having run all three of his races at 1 1/4 miles or beyond. Indigo Cat also has worked extensively over the Palm Meadows turf course throughout the winter.

turned in a very impressive turf debut here Jan. 8 after beginning his career with six consecutive starts on dirt. A son of Seattle Slew, Harbor Master led until deep stretch before being picked up by Terrific Storm, who made the effort look even better when he returned to beat tougher allowance competition earlier this month.

has not finished off the board in his last six starts. I'm Going Platinum has won 2 of his 3 previous starts at this distance, and Run the Light earned a career-best 91 Beyer Speed Figures in his last two outings, including a last-to-first victory against $45,000 claiming company on Jan. 14.