01/11/2006 12:00AM

Gathering of maiden winners


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Ten of the 12 3-year-old fillies entered in Friday's $33,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park are coming off their maiden wins. The problem is trying to figure out which one will exit the race with a two-race winning streak.

Friday's main event, run at one mile, could serve as a stepping-stone to one of three stakes races for 3-year-old fillies on the schedule later in the meet, including the Grade 3 Old Hat on Feb. 4 and the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss and Forward Gal Stakes on March 5. Among the trainers hoping that might be the case is Frank Alexander, who sends out the undefeated off a 15-length debut win at Calder on Dec. 26.

"She's a nice filly, and I thought she could win her first start, but I didn't think she'd win like that," said Alexander, who trains Great Deep Bay for the Thorn Stable. "She did it in a gallop while still racing green as hell. I've thought all along she could probably handle a distance of ground, and that's usually the case with any young horse who can win their first start going seven furlongs."

Jerry Bailey will replace the injured Joe Bravo, who rode Great Deep Bay in her first start.

posted the best last-race Beyer Speed Figures in the field and may vie for favoritism. Amandatude earned a career-high 86 Beyer when she won her maiden by 12 3/4 lengths going a mile at Delaware in her 2-year-old finale. Trained by Tim Ritchey, Amandatude has never finished worse than second in four starts and has shown improvement with each successive try.

Bushfire led throughout to post a 2 1/2-length maiden win around two turns at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25, earning an 85 Beyer for her effort. She is trained by Eddie Kenneally.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's young horses always demand respect, and his undefeated Unbridled Belle figures to receive plenty of support. She overcame a slow start and wide trip to win her only start by 3 1/4 lengths at Laurel on Nov. 10. Unbridled Belle was bought privately by Team Valor Stables and transferred to Pletcher shortly after the race.

stretched out to 1 1/16 miles to win her maiden by a widening 8 3/4 lengths at Calder on Dec. 11 for trainer Allen Jerkens. Hundred Year Flood was similarly impressive at 1 1/16 miles when she won her maiden at Aqueduct on the same day for trainer Rick Violette.

Wedded Woman, Cat Can Do, Nancy Creek, and Dyna Slam also enter off their maiden wins.