03/05/2007 1:00AM

Flying Circle back sprinting on grass


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - After Flying Circle finished less than three lengths behind Any Limit in the First Lady Handicap in her 2007 debut, her trainer, David Fawkes was looking for an even better performance from Flying Circle when the pair met again four weeks later in the Feb. 17 Hurricane Bertie Handicap. Unfortunately, he didn't get it.

Flying Circle finished sixth behind Any Limit in the Hurricane Bertie after prompting the early pace to the stretch. As a result, Fawkes has decided to switch her back to the turf when she wheels back on short rest for Wednesday's $57,500 five-furlong allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Flying Circle, a daughter of Pembroke, has yet to lose going five furlongs on the grass. She captured a first-level allowance race at that distance here in April of 2005 and the Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs under similar conditions the following month.

"I was tickled to death with her effort in the First Lady and really thought she'd move up in the next one," said Fawkes. "But I think she got pushed up into the race a little too much, and it seems she's probably better when allowed to settle and make one run. She's sharp, happy, and doing good since the Hurricane Bertie, and I've got Eddie Castro back on her for this one. He's already won on her a couple of times and seems to know her well."

Top Ten List, a multiple stakes winner on turf in her native Canada, will venture across the border for the first time and figures to receive plenty of backing. The 5-year-old Top Ten List was turned over to trainer Michael Trombetta after closing out her 2006 campaign with a second in the restricted one-mile Halton Stakes on Sept. 4 at Woodbine. She has been working bullets over the main track here over the past two months, including a half-mile from the gate in 46.80 seconds on Feb. 23.

Fan Time is a lightly raced but improving filly who earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 87 for winning a second-level allowance here Jan. 24. She figures to trip out nicely just behind the early leaders for trainer Wesley Ward.

Haddie Be Good returns to the grass off a third-level allowance win on the main track three weeks earlier. She captured the P. G. Johnson Stakes at five furlongs on turf by two widening lengths in October at the Meadowlands.

Saoirse Cat is coming off a third-level optional claiming victory on Nov. 20. She proved no match for Haddie Be Good in the P. G. Johnson.