04/05/2009 11:00PM

Eden's Storm seeks better trip


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Like the kid in high school whose older brother was a three-sport hero, Eden's Storm has a lot to live up to considering she's the younger sister of the 2006 Dubai Duty Free winner, David Junior. Eden's Storm has a long way to go to approach her elder sibling's success, but she has shown enough ability in three previous starts to loom as the one to beat in Wednesday's $44,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

A full field of 12 3-year-old fillies, plus four also-eligibles, was entered for the feature, to be decided under first-level allowance conditions going a mile on the grass.

Eden's Storm is by Stormy Atlantic out of the Irish River mare Paradise River, so it's no surprise she's already taken kindly to the turf. After racing greenly and finishing eighth making her career debut last fall in New York, Eden's Storm shipped to south Florida, where she dominated an overmatched field of maiden special weight rivals despite a tardy beginning in her 2-year-old finale at Calder.

Trained by Christophe Clement for Bridlewood Farm, Eden's Storm made her 3-year-old debut at Gulfstream on Feb. 25. Racing rankly and steadied several times during the early stages of the race, she also had her chances compromised when forced to take up again midway around the second turn. She then lost considerable ground angling wide turning for home, doing well to ultimately pass several rivals and finish fourth behind the highly regarded odds-on favorite, Striking Dancer.

Elvis Trujillo, who guided Eden's Storm to her eight-length maiden win at Calder, will be reunited with the promising filly Wednesday.

The main event also will pit Todd Pletcher and Ken McPeek against one another as they battle to the wire for leading trainer honors for the 2009 session.

Starfish Bay, a game winner of her only previous start, represents the Pletcher barn, while Satin Thunder also comes off her maiden win for McPeek.

Starfish Bay won a stretch-long battle with Alibe, a next-out maiden winner herself, to capture her career debut. Starfish Bay is by Elusive Quality out of the Grade 2 winner Touch Love.

Satin Thunder has not started since rallying to a 2 1/4-length maiden win in her 2-year-old finale last fall at Churchill Downs. She'll try turf for the first time Wednesday when returning to action off a steady diet of five-furlong main-track works at Palm Meadows.