04/27/2004 11:00PM

Edgewood: Gingham and Lace perfect on turf


Gingham and Lace ended her 2003 campaign with a victory in her first start on turf, and she picked right up in her first start this year, winning a grass allowance race at Gulfstream Park. Now 2 for 2 on turf, she will attempt to nail down her first stakes victory in Friday's $100,000 Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Gingham and Lace is trained by Frank Brothers, and was ridden in her first four starts by Rene Douglas. But, as Brothers did with his undefeated Oaks filly, Madcap Escapade, he is switching to jockey Jerry Bailey for Friday's race.

The Edgewood drew a deep field of 12 for a 1 1/16-mile run over the Churchill turf course.

Gingham and Lace drew well, landing post 6. She has tactical speed, and with little speed in the race, she should be forwardly placed throughout.

Dynaville, who will be making her first start since November, has a right to fire fresh in her return to the Churchill turf. She was a runaway winner against maidens here last fall in her lone start on grass.

"She cracked a shin last fall," said her trainer, Dale Romans. "It was a hairline fracture. We put one screw in there. It's still in there. She's training really well. That's why we decided to give her a shot in a stake."

Romans also sends out Last Waltz, who was overmatched against division leader Lucifer's Stone in stakes races at Gulfstream and Keeneland in her last two starts.

Gimme Some Love also figures prominently. A daughter of Miesque's Son, she drew away to beat first-level allowance runners at Keeneland earlier this month. She should get a good trip from the rail.

Like Gimme Some Love, Baxter Hall also heads into the race after winning a first-level allowance at Keeneland.

Vous was a sharp second in a minor stakes at Gulfstream and should be among the late threats in a wide-open race.