03/15/2006 12:00AM

Graded stakes winners drop


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A pair of Grade 3 winners, Ecclesiastic and Woodlander, will try to assert their class edge over seven rivals in Friday's $37,000 feature at Gulfstream Park. The third-level allowance race on the turf highlights a 10-race card that also includes an attractive entry-level allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

captured Belmont's Grade 3 Jaipur Stakes last May but is winless in seven subsequent starts, including a seventh-place finish in the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap earlier this meet. A son of Pulpit, Ecclesiastic did finish a good fourth on opening day in a third-level allowance that has since produced three next-out winners.

ran off three straight victories midway through his 3-year-old campaign, culminating with his three-quarter-length triumph in Belmont's Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at 10 furlongs. He made only two more starts the remainder of the season, finishing third in both the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes and Jamaica Handicap. Woodlander has been working steadily for his return over the past five weeks at Payson Park for trainer Tom Albertrani.

has posted a win and a second since trainer Todd Pletcher switched him over to the grass earlier in the meet. A son of Seattle Slew, Harbor Master led throughout, then held resolutely to a short advantage through the stretch to post a neck decision over Charlevoix in his last start.

Harbor Master must concede four pounds to all eight of his rivals, including both graded stakes winners, under the allowance conditions of the race.

A trio of impressive maiden winners - G City Gal, Win McCool, and Bella Fortuna - will match strides going 6 1/2 furlongs in Friday's co-featured ninth race.

G City Gal is the only member of the group to have run at 3, leading most of the way before posting a neck decision on Jan. 8. Two of her victims have since returned to win their maiden and she has not missed a beat in the morning since Jan. 28.

Win McCool earned an 88 Beyer Speed Figure winning at second asking at Saratoga in August and comes into her 3-year-old debut off a pair of 59-second workouts.

Bella Fortuna was even more impressive winning her debut by two lengths at Belmont on Oct. 16, posting an 89 Beyer for the effort. She too has been burning up the track in the morning with a workout resume that includes five furlongs in a remarkable 57.00 from the gate on March 11.