01/21/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 1/19


Gulfstream Park - Race 7
7 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $44,000

DRAM may have been ridden too conservatively last time out as he beat the gate over a speed-favoring track, but was rated back to track the pacesetting 3-5 winner while down on the rail. He kept to his task with an even finish, and shows some quick workouts for his 4-year-old debut. The son of multiple stakes-placed sprinter Carafe switches to the aggressive Rafael Bejarano, and figures right up on the pace while clear of traffic trouble.
TRUMAN'S GOLD looms the horse to beat after earning a 97 Beyer Speed Figure in his second lifetime start. The nicely-bred son of Seeking the Gold didn't debut until August of his 3-year-old campaign, and has since been plagued by layoff lines so perhaps he's had his share of physical problems. He'll face pace pressure in this spot if Fernando Jara opts for the front, and he will likely be overbet. Like Truman's Gold, THORN SONG has high early speed, and has spent lots of time on the sidelines. He was beaten by a couple of these rivals at Churchill Downs, but shows improving Beyers, and has been working well at Palm Meadows.
SWEPT 'EM has run some solid numbers at this distance, but he's disappointed the public at 7-2 or less in four of his last five races. He'll get the right setup tracking what projects to be a hot pace. CLAPHAM is a half to stakes-placed debut winner Feather Bed Lane by top sire Seeking the Gold. The dam cost seven figures as a yearling, and is a three-quarter sister to Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer. You have to respect any Pletcher/Sciametta firster.

The selection: Dram to win and place (5-1 odds or higher)