02/02/2007 12:00AM

Half Ours stretching out to a mile


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The talented but injury-prone Half Ours will put his unblemished record on the line when he stretches out to a mile for the first time in Sunday's $49,500 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. The main event drew a strong field that also includes the Grade 1-placed Noble Causeway, as well as Laity and Nakayama Kun.

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Half Ours has won all three of his career starts, the first two coming within a 20-day span in the spring of his 2-year-old campaign, when he won his maiden by 10 3/4 lengths at Keeneland and Churchill Downs's Three Chimneys Juvenile by 4 1/4 lengths on the 2005 Kentucky Derby undercard.

A condylar fracture in his hind leg forced Half Ours to the sidelines for the remainder of his 2-year-old season and for most of his 3-year-old campaign after he reopened the injury again last year. A son of Unbridled's Song, Half Ours finally returned to the races Dec. 14 at Aqueduct, where he posted a game neck decision going six furlongs over the inner track.

Half Ours has worked steadily since shipping to south Florida after that victory, most recently posting a five-furlong work of 59.20 seconds at Palm Beach Downs on Jan. 29.

"He's training very well and training like a horse who should handle the distance," said Anthony Sciametta Jr., who is entering his final week as trainer of record for the Todd Pletcher stable.

Noble Causeway, runner-up here in the 2005 Florida Derby, has not started since finishing a distant fifth on the turf at Saratoga in August.

"He got injured on the grass when he ran his last race," said trainer Nick Zito. "He won't run on the turf again. But he's been working very well for his return."

Noble Causeway, who rallied to win a second-level allowance race going nine furlongs here last winter, posted a bullet five-furlong drill in 58.80 at Palm Meadows one week ago.

Laity was briefly on the Kentucky Derby trail last winter after winning the Cradle Stakes for 2-year-olds at River Downs and Turfway Park's Battaglia Memorial in his 3-year-old debut. He has not started, though, since finishing 10th in the Grade 1 Lane's End on March 25.

The 7-year-old Nakayama Kun is dropping into the allowance ranks after concluding his 2006 campaign finishing off the board in three consecutive Grade 3 events. A son of Known Fact, he won Ellis Park's one-mile Governor's Handicap in August.

- additional reportingby Jay Privman