01/21/2009 1:00AM

Extreme Supreme due to win


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It's been a long time since Extreme Supreme has visited the winner's circle, a situation that figures to be rectified moments after the conclusion of Friday's $46,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Extreme Supreme is winless since August 2007, when he rallied to defeat a solid field of second-level allowance horses going 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga. The winless streak covers six starts and includes a second behind Timber Reserve last summer at the Spa and a second to Zanjero in the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic four weeks later.

Trained by John Ward Jr. for his principal client, John Oxley, Extreme Supreme is easily the most accomplished member of the field at the nine-furlong distance of Thursday's main event, having won three times at 1 1/8 miles. Only one of his eight rivals, Chris Got Even, owns even a single win at the trip.

Extreme Supreme also is well drawn for his 2009 debut, breaking from post 2 with a short run to the first turn in nine-furlong races at Gulfstream Park. That figures to put the 6-year-old son of Deputy Minister in early striking position behind the only real speed in the race, Illinois invader It's Never to Late.

Ward has tabbed Cornelio Velasquez to ride.

Canadian invader Jungle Brew may vie for favoritism, as he comes into the race sporting a three-race winning streak for trainer Brian Lynch and owner-breeder Frank Stronach. He's also the biggest question mark in the field, having never raced on dirt and not having won beyond 1 1/16 miles. Jungle Brew, a son of Stronach's Grade 1 winner Milwaukee Brew, has been working steadily at Palm Meadows since early December and comes into the race off a bullet six-furlong work in 1:14.80 six days earlier.

Giant Chieftan also figures to garner some support, having finished less than two lengths behind Extreme Supreme in fourth last summer at Saratoga. Giant Chieftan posted a pair of victories in 2008 and is one of only two members of the lineup with a win over the course, having defeated first-level allowance company over a sloppy strip here last February.

Completing the lineup are Mr. Unstoppable, who is in peak form, Let It Rock, Big Lover, and Nathan Ridge.