02/06/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 1/31


Race 9 - Gulfstream Park
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $44,000

FIFTY FIVE is a half to three turf winners including stakes-winner I've Decided (22-4-4-3, $240,000 on grass, won career debut, won turf debut, Grade 2-placed on lawn), and trainer Bill Mott excels with grass performers. Another sibling, Sensation, won her career debut as well as a Grade 3 race on the main track. The dam won her debut, and the Dynaformer - Mr. Prospector "nick" has produced Grade 1 turf winner Film Maker. Fifty Five's last two workouts match up with Mott's After Market, a multiple graded stakes-winner on the turf in 2006 (101 Beyer top). Mott and jockey Edgar Prado have combined for a 3-5 (60%, $6.76 ROI) record at the current meet.
ENGLISH COLONY boasts a strong turf pedigree as the first foal from a Group 2 turf winner. His sire was a multiple Group 1 winner on grass overseas, and placed in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Several of his workouts match up with trainer Angel Penna's Classic Fran, a turf-stakes-placed performer in New York last year (95 Beyer), English Colony shouldn't be ignored in exotics and multi-race wagers. KILRUSH should appreciate switching to the turf as her half-sister, Coquinerie, placed in the Judy's Red Shoes Stakes on turf in 2004. His second dam, a half to Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, sold for $500,000 as a yearling in 1987. His sire, however, has yet to produce a turf winner (0-10).
PLEASANT STRIKE's second dam was a multiple Group 1 winner on turf in Europe, and the Smart Strike - Pleasant Colony "nick" has produced Shoal Water, a Grade 2 winner on turf in Canada. The Pletcher/Sciametta Jr. outfit must be respected, but horses breaking from posts 11 and out in turf routes at this meet are 1-64. HOLIDAY TRIP will also have to overcome an outside post if he breaks in from the also eligible list. He should go better in the second start off the bench, but his career-best Beyer was earned after receiving a perfect ground-saving trip at Saratoga.
DON'TWAIT TOOLONG is by a sire that connects with 19% of his first-turf performers, and the dam was a multiple Grade 3 winner on the lawn. He didn't have the easiest of trips last time out, and trainer Carl Nafzger has been wanting to get him on the turf for a while. The War Chant - Caerleon "nick" has produced multiple Grade 3 turf winner Karen's Caper. VESPASIAN gets a live rider switch to Fernando Jara, and he ran on well after breaking poorly in his career debut. His dam was a Grade 2 winner on the turf at Saratoga. MOUTON boasts improving Beyer Speed Figures, and should save valuable ground from the inside post position. He finished ahead of Vespasian two back when chasing 9-10 favorite Top Cross, and was just behind next-out 78 Beyer winner One of the Best in his most recent effort.

The selection: Fifty Five to win and place (9-2 odds or more)