03/17/2002 12:00AM

Horse for course Gold Mover does it again


HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. - The deregulation of racing dates in south Florida gave Gulfstream Park an extra six weeks of racing in 2002. The connections of Gold Mover probably wish it was more like six months.

Gold Mover won for the fourth time in five starts at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, registering a one length victory over Celtic Melody in the $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes. A 4-year-old filly by Gold Fever, Gold Mover's only loss at this track came last winter when she was beaten a half length by Latour when trying to stretch out around two turns for the first time in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes.

Gold Mover forced the modest early pace of Mandy's Gold in the six and one half furlong Hurricane Bertie, disposed of that rival leaving the eighth pole then withstood Celtic Melody under steady urging by jockey Eibar Coa. The latter raced within easy striking distance from the outset, eased a bit wide to launch her bid into the stretch but proved no match for the winner.

Mandy's Gold, who set the pace after stumbling at the break, finished third followed by Tugger and the 8-5 favorite Shine Again.

Mandy's Gold paid $6.60. Her final time of 1:15.38 seconds was just a tick off the track record.

"She certainly likes this racetrack," said Mark Hennig who trains Gold Mover for owner-breeder Edward P. Evans. "I wish there was another race for her here this meet. I think I'll let her freshen up a bit before I run her again."

Hennig said Gold Mover could make her next start in the Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.