02/22/2007 12:00AM

Einstein revisits his coming-out party

Bill Denver/Equiphotos
Einstein, edging Go Deputy in last year+s Gulfstream BC Turf, is back to defend his title.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A year ago, Einstein entered the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap flying under the radar. He was a relatively inexperienced colt making his stakes debut against Grade 1 opposition.

Einstein managed to upset the 2006 Gulfstream BC Turf at 7-1, outgaming Go Deputy by a neck after setting a contested pace from start to finish. As a result he will return to defend his title as one of the favorites in a field of 11 in a race shortened this winter from 1o7/16 miles to 1 3/8 miles.

Einstein has made only three starts since his breakthrough performance here a year ago. He finished fourth in both the Grade 3 Pan American and Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill before going on the shelf for nearly eight months. He launched his comeback against allowance competition here on Jan. 31. He was trapped in tight quarters for nearly the entire race and finished fourth.

"He's doing super and I hope he'll have a better trip Saturday then he had in his last start," said Helen Pitts, who trains Einstein for the Midnight Cry Stable. "If he's on his game he should be tough. He's stronger, more mature, and a better horse now than he was when he won the race a year ago. He's also very versatile. He can come from off the pace or be on the lead if necessary. Whatever suits the situation."

Einstein will have his regular rider, Rafael Bejarano, aboard.

Einstein faces a strong group that includes trainer Todd Pletcher's pair of Ramazutti and Honey Ryder, the consistent veteran Revved Up, Grade 2 winner Go Between, Jambalaya, and Mustanfar.

Ramazutti, previously a front-runner, showed a new dimension when he rallied from off the pace to win the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida on Jan. 28. The victory was the first for Ramazutti, 5, since his

3-year-old campaign.

The 6-year-old Honey Ryder takes on males for the first time in her career. She has not started since finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. In her previous start, Honey Ryder outgamed Film Maker to capture the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. She will carry 118 pounds while receiving a five-pound weight concession from her 10 male rivals.

Revved Up won 5 of his 6 starts as an 8-year-old in 2006, with his only poor effort coming on a soft course at Woodbine.

Go Between will try to give trainer Bill Mott is fifth win in the Gulfstream Park BC Turf. He won both his previous starts over the local course but is unproven beyond 1 1/4 miles.