03/27/2004 12:00AM

Erase looks best of Mott pair


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The friendly rivalry between trainers Bill Mott and Christophe Clement, which takes place on a regular basis over turf courses up and down the East Coast, will be renewed again in Monday's main event at Gulfstream Park.

This time Mott seems to go in with the upper hand, having a pair of strong contenders for the second-level allowance race in Gloriosa and Erase. Clement counters with Spangled, who will be making her U.S. debut in the about 1 1/8-mile grass feature.

Erase appears to be the stronger of the uncoupled Mott duo. A 4-year-old daughter of Broad Brush, Erase comes in off a much-needed fifth-place finish under similar conditions on Feb. 13, when making her first start in over three months. She joined the leaders after racing just off the pace that afternoon only to weaken gradually in the final furlong.

Erase earned an 84 Beyer Speed Figure in her 2004 debut, just two points lower than her career best on Oct. 11. She should improve to a new lifetime top with that last race behind her.

Gloriosa turns back in distance after finishing a tiring fifth going 1 1/2 miles against second-level allowance foes on Feb. 22.

She ran the best race of her career four weeks earlier while winning an entry-level allowance race by three widening lengths.

Spangled showed promise right off the bat, winning her maiden in a listed stakes in France in her 2-year-old finale. She was away a year following that victory but proved good enough to win off the long layoff going nine furlongs over a soft course during the fall.

She has worked steadily if not spectacularly for Clement at Payson Park over the past six weeks and will race on Lasix for the first time Monday.

Dancewithasoldier and Everybottiwins both enter the race off second-place finishes over the local course, while Omeya should benefit from her U.S. debut earlier this month.

Silver Wagon recovering well

Mohammed Moubarak, racing manager for Buckram Oak Farm, reports that Silver Wagon continues to recuperate nicely from surgery to remove chips from both knees. The problem was discovered shortly before his scheduled start in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

"He's on the farm in Kentucky and doing well," said Moubarak. "He'll need four more weeks in the stall and then get turned out for two or three weeks before starting in training again."

Silver Wagon, who is trained by Ralph Ziadie, won the Grade 1 Hopeful as a 2-year-old. He finished second in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and third in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth earlier this meet.

Humorously, who exploded to win the OBS Championship Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths on March 15, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Saturday. It was the best of 37 works at the distance on that morning's tab. Humorously is among the nominees for Saturday's $250,000 Aventura Stakes.