02/12/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 2/8


Race 9 - Gulfstream Park
1 Mile (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
4-year-old fillies
Purse $44,000.

INAVISION boasts the same sire, breeder, owner, trainer, and rider as Barbaro, and we all know that the big horse loved the grass as much as he adored the main track. This is the first foal from a dam that finished third in the Irish One Thousand Guineas before shipping to the United States to win the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Handicap on the weeds (98 Beyer Speed Figure). In an interesting trivia note, Inavision's dam and Barbaro's dam were the beaten favorites as a coupled entry in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap on turf at Belmont in 2000. Inavision didn't do much in her career debut on dirt at Delaware last year, but trainer Michael Matz is 13-57 (23%, $5.89 ROI) over the past five years with second-time starters, and his charge should appreciate stretching out in distance while switching to the turf. She's worth a play in the finale at Gulfstream on Thursday.
DEMURRER was no match for an odds-on winner in her career debut without blinkers at Belmont, then didn't show much pop with the hood in her two starts this season. Trainer Robert Barbara removes the blinks for this assignment, and Demurrer may relax better in the early stages of the race as a result. MY OWN STORY finished ahead of a pair of next-out winners in marathon turfer at Churchill to cap off her three-year-old campaign, but she's only raced twice since June, is mired on the also-eligible list, and will be stuck way outside if she does get a chance to play.
PAGES LANE is another that has been plagued by layoffs throughout her career. She switches back to her preferred surface, and may run late if the pace is swift up front. SUCCEED ran well to just miss in her career debut over Polytrack, and all-weather runners have done well when switched to turf. She's a half to a turf winner, and the dam, a 600K yearling purchase, is a half to a pair of European stakes-winners. She should like switching to grass. GONE OVERBOARD was no match for next-out Tampa Bay allowance winner Tiz Nik, but she owns competitive Beyer Speed Figures, and shows a bullet workout in preparation for this. Outside post is a concern, however.
WAR CHARM didn't have the easiest of trips in career debut, and should improve with that race under her belt. SILVER RANSOM is by an excellent turf sire, and should save valuable ground from her inside post.

The selection: Inavision to win and place (9/2 odds or more, turf only)