04/16/2003 11:00PM

Hallandale boils down to glorified allowance race


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The purse for Saturday's seven-furlong Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park is $75,000, although the six 3-year-olds in the field could have been brought together for the $36,000 purse of a second-level allowance race.

All six are still eligible for their second-level allowance condition, including likely favorite Cajun Beat and the horse to beat, Get Smarter. Lex Luthier, Formal Charade, Springfield Boy, and Jack Black and Ice round out the field.

Cajun Beat would have been the odds-on favorite in a two-other-than allowance race earlier in the meet after he defeated Eugene's Third Son and earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure in an entry-level allowance condition on Jan. 26. Instead he moved up against graded stakes competition for his next two starts, finishing a distant sixth in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes and a more competitive sixth in his two-turn debut in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby.

Cajun Beat must now prove he can recapture his old form against less formidable opposition. And while he will likely be favored he figures to have his hands full against the lightly raced Get Smarter, who returned from a 7 1/2-month layoff to easily defeat first-level allowance company despite early trouble in his 3-year-old debut.

Get Smarter, a son of Smart Strike, is trained by Linda Rice, whose barn has been heating up of late. He figures to race in striking position behind likely pacesetter Jack Black and Ice after breaking from the extreme outside under Rene Douglas.

Supah Blitz Derby bound

Supah Blitz worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 at Calder on Thursday. Trainer Manny Tortora said that in all likelihood he would send his colt to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

"He went nice and easy," Tortora said of Supah Blitz's work, his first since he finished second behind Dynever in the Aventura Stakes here on April 5. "I caught him going the last quarter in 22.40 and he pulled up three quarters in 1:14."

Tortora has been entertaining offers to sell all or a percentage of Supah Blitz over the past several weeks but as of Thursday no deal had been made. Supah Blitz is owned by the Bee Bee Bee Stable and Tortora's wife, Jacqueline.

Tortora said barring a sale that might change his plans, he will likely ship Supah Blitz to Louisville late next week.

In addition to his second-place finish in the Aventura, Supah Blitz was also second behind Trust N Luck in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes and fourth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Rosemary Homeister Jr. has been Supah Blitz's regular jockey here, but Tortora said he wasn't sure at this point who would ride his horse in the Derby.

Maybe Jack still going strong

Maybe Jack just keeps getting better with age. A 10-year-old son of Classic Account, Maybe Jack proved he still has what it takes in Thursday's first race when he rallied to an easy victory over a field of $10,000 starter allowance horses.

The win was the third in succession for Maybe Jack and the 32nd of his career.

Owner-trainer Edwin Broome re-claimed Maybe Jack for $14,000 out of his previous start after losing the horse to owner Mike Gill for the same price less than three weeks earlier.