01/29/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 1/25


Gulfstream Park - Race 4
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Maiden Claiming ($50,000-$45,000)
3-year-old fillies
Purse $26,500

No horse in this race has run to par on grass so perhaps this is a good spot for a first-time turf performer. CHELLY B will be a big price based on her poor dirt debut, but improvement is expected based on her solid turf pedigree. Her sire, Royal Anthem, won the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup, the Grade 1 Canadian International, and the Group 1 Juddmonte International on the turf. Her dam, a $150,000 yearling by Mr. Prospector, is a three-quarter sister to Grade 1 winner West by West while the second dam is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Little Missouri. Chelly B is a half-sister to stakes-placed dirt runner Ottawa Chief. Trainer Larry Bates and jockey Cecilio Penalba teamed up for a pair of longshot winners at Gulfstream in 2005, and Bates recently sent out a second-time starter to win a maiden claimer on grass at Tampa at 26-1 odds.
GOLDEN CELEBRITY switches to Bejarano after a poor effort over "good" turf. Her previous try over firm going resulted in a solid third-place finish. She should appreciate dropping out of the maiden special ranks. SMOOTH BREW makes the third start following a layoff line with improving Beyers on display, and switches to high-percentage rider Eibar Coa. It seems like she's slowly figuring the game out.
TIA DIA will receive the services of Eclipse winner Edgar Prado after rallying for third in first start for a tag. Lightly-raced filly has upside potential. PECUNIA made big move in career debut, but will be stuck outside if able to break in from the also-eligible list. SURVIVED showed improved speed in route debut, and may attempt to contest the pace along with CAN'T SLEEP.

The selection: Chelly B to win and place (10-1 odds or more)
Yearly statistics: 8-1 (2), +$8.20