03/01/2007 12:00AM

Fringe Derby prospects in action


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Fountain of Youth and Hutcheson stakes aren't the only 3-year-old races on Saturday's Gulfstream Park program that could yield a contender or two for the Kentucky Derby.

Racing secretary Dave Bailey has also carded a pair of entry-level allowance races, one at 7 1/2 furlongs and a second at 1 1/8 miles, along with two maiden special weight races, at seven furlongs and nine furlongs, for 3-year-olds on Saturday's outstanding 11-race card.

Rescue Party, Boogie Boggs, Frosty Secret, and Deadly Dealer are among the more promising 3-year-olds set to go 7 1/2 furlongs under first-level allowance conditions in Saturday's third race. Rescue Party, who earned an 86 Beyer winning a one-mile maiden race here earlier in the meet, gave trainer Shug McGaughey some anxious moments at the conclusion of his half-mile work over a sloppy track on Tuesday when he lost his rider shortly past the finish line.

"It was no big deal," said McGaughey. "He ducked from one of the dogs on the track and lost the rider, but he only ran off a quarter of a mile before they caught him. He'll be fine to run Saturday."

McGaughey will also send out his graded stakes-placed Sightseeing going 1 1/8 miles under entry-level allowance conditions in race 5. Sightseeing finished a game second going a mile under similar conditions in his 3-year-old debut on Feb. 11.

"Naturally we're hopeful one or both of them will prove good enough to go on towards the Kentucky Derby," said McGaughey. "But we'll just see what happens Saturday first."

Sightseeing will face a strong group that includes For You Reppo, Chelokee, High Act, Sacrifice Bunt, and Silver Express.

Wait a While returns

Sunday's $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap is coming up a pretty strong race for a Grade 3 affair.

Wait a While, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2006, will launch her campaign in the Honey Fox in a field that is expected to include graded stakes winners Aunt Henny, Precious Kitten, and Bayou's Lassie. Chaibia, second in the Grade 2 Athenia last year, is also expected to run. Naissance Royale and Miss Shop, who both have won stakes at this meet, are listed as possible.

Wait a While was assigned 123 pounds for the Honey Fox, run at 1o1/16 miles over the turf course. Wait a While has not raced since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

"We're coming off a layoff carrying 123 pounds, that's a pretty formidable task in itself,'' said Todd Pletcher, trainer of Wait a While. "I'm very pleased with the way the filly's wintered.''

Aunt Henny has won 3 of 4 starts on the turf, and is trained by Michael Matz. She has been sidelined since winning the Virginia Oaks last July. In the fall, she was found to have an entrapped epiglottis and a throat infection. Aunt Henny won 2 of 3 starts last winter at Gulfstream, including the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes.

Sunday's card also includes the Grade 3, $125,000 Appleton Handicap. Steel Light, who hasn't been out since winning the Group 2 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine in October 2005, is expected to return in that spot.

Also expected in the Appleton are Giant Wrecker, winner of the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap; Old Dodge, runner-up in this race last year; and Silver Tree, Tiganello, Gin and Sin, and Kiss the Kid.

La Dolce Vita horse for turf course

La Dolce Vita continued her love affair with the Gulfstream Park turf course on Thursday by running down co-favorite Factual Contender to take the $50,000 City of Hollywood Stakes by a head. It was 1 3/4 lengths back to 50-1 shot Mama I'm Home in third.

It was La Dolce Vita's fifth victory in seven starts over the Gulfstream turf, but her first victory since winning a third-level allowance race here last April.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, La Dolce Vita settled near the back of the pack early while Factual Contender was on the lead after a half-mile in 48.71 seconds and six furlongs in 1:12.18.

La Dolce Vita ($10.20), owned by Gary Zwerling and trained by Mark Hennig, charged home four wide in the stretch and got up in the final two jumps. La Dolce Vita, a daughter of Quiet American, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.25 over firm turf.

Silverinyourpocket earns stakes shot

Trainer Helen Pitts has herself a top 3-year-old filly in Silverinyourpocket, who remained unbeaten in two starts after registering an easy allowance win on Thursday.

"I thought her race was very impressive and very professional," said Pitts. "Especially the way she went through a hole that wasn't there at the head of the stretch without batting an eye. She's the type of filly who'll let you do whatever you want her to do, and you don't get too many young fillies that easy to manage."

Pitts said she will look to stretch out Silverinyourpocket, a daughter of Silver Deputy, for her next start.

"Naturally we've got the [Kentucky] Oaks in mind after this win, so we'll see whether she'll go further with the Bourbonette one possibility for her next start," said Pitts.

The one-mile, Grade 3 Bourbonette will be run at Turfway Park on March 24.

- additional reporting by David Grening