03/05/2009 12:00AM

Gilchrist doesn't mess around


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - What four words should strike more fear in south Florida horsemen's hearts than any others? Greg Gilchrist is coming!

Gilchrist has been nothing short of sensational when shipping cross country to compete in stakes races in south Florida. The Northern California-based horseman is perfect in four lifetime starts at Gulfstream Park, including a pair of stakes victories on Sunshine Millions Day earlier in the meet. He's also won with 5 of his 8 career starters across town at Calder.

Gilchrist will attempt to keep his unblemished Gulfstream mark intact this weekend, beginning Saturday when he sends out Wild Promises as the favorite in the $100,000 Honey Fox. He'll wheel right back the following afternoon with Victorina in the $75,000 Ocala Stakes.

The Grade 3 Honey Fox is carded at a mile and is one of two stakes Saturday at Gulfstream, along with the $75,000 Sunshine State for Florida-breds.

Wild Promises has won both her stakes appearances in south Florida, capturing the Grade 3 My Charmer at Calder to close out her 2008 campaign before flying back seven weeks later to win the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf in her 2009 debut. Overall, the 5-year-old daughter of Wild Event has won 12 times while never worse than third in 17 lifetime starts.

"The timing was just perfect to bring both these fillies here because I was going to be in town anyway this week for the sales," said Gilchrist, referring to the Fasig-Tipton select sale of 2-year-olds. "She hasn't run a mile in a while, but when she has, she's handled it well, and I drew a good post for the race. I like the fact she'll be down near the inside."

Wild Promises will break from post 2 in a field of 14 fillies and mares in the Honey Fox.

"One thing about one-mile races on the turf, you're almost certain to get a big field, and you never know how things are going to set up," said Gilchrist. "Fortunately she's got the kind of tactical speed where she should be able to lay close and avoid traffic."

The field for the Honey Fox is a good one, and it includes 10 other stakes winners.

I Lost My Choo, winner of the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at 3, will make her first start since finishing a troubled fifth as the favorite in Saratoga's Grade 2 Lake Placid in August.

Love Cove will attempt to give trainer Tom Albertrani his fifth stakes win of the meet. Love Cove won a pair of New York-bred stakes to close out her 2008 campaign.

Scolara is coming off a 2 1/4-length victory over Florida-breds in the Marion County Stakes here Feb. 8. The win was her second in as many tries over the local course.

Waquoit's Love upset the Marshua's River Stakes in her 2009 bow before finishing a troubled seventh in the Grade 3 Suwannee River.

Sunshine State: Home sweet home

Yesbyjimminy tops a field of only six Florida-breds entered to contest the inaugural running of the seven-furlong Sunshine State.

Yesbyjimminy had his six-race win streak snapped when finishing seventh at Santa Anita in the Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 24, his first start over a synthetic racing surface. Yesbyjimminy had captured four straight stakes, including the Gradeo3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder.

"The rider said he never got hold of the racetrack in California," said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. "I sent Gottcha Gold and Electrify out there the previous year and they also ran poorly, but came right back in their next start to win stakes by open lengths. He's sitting in a good position having drawn the outside post, and is versatile enough to take the lead if the pace isn't as quick as it could be."