03/26/2007 11:00PM

Horse of the day for 3/28


Gulfstream Park - Race 3
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $44,000.

HYRACOTHERIUM is the first foal out of a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Kukulcan, and the second dam was a Grade 1 winner at two. The Rahy blood on the bottom side of the pedigree adds plenty of grass appeal, and trainer Todd Pletcher's barn has sent out five debut winners at this meet (one at 24-1 odds on turf for the trainer-jockey combination of assistant Anthony Sciametta Jr. and Chris Decarlo).
O'GULCH must deal with the demanding inside post position, but his sire does well with grass runners, and the dam was put up to third via disqualification in the listed Prix Zeddaan going 6 furlongs on turf in France. O'Gulch was bought back for $47,000 as a yearling before being purchased for $72,000 last May. Trainer Phil Gleaves is only 1 for 23 with horses debuting on grass over the past five years, however. THE RED STORM is bred both sides for grass, and the dam is a half-sister to multiple sprint stakes-winner Trounce (437K in earnings). He shows some quick gate works for his debut, but only sold for $5,000 as a yearling (note $125,000 stud fee of sire El Prado), and the barn is 0 for 24 with firsters over the past five years. WALLOPS SOUND is a half to three blacktype earners including multiple turf sprint stakes-winner Tangier Sound (won turf debut), and he shows some swift morning trials. Sire War Chant connects with 17% of his first-time turf performers while the dam won 13 sprints in her career, and 11 of those came in stakes events. Wallops Sound shows a 17 day gap in the published worktab, but wouldn't be a surprise for underrated connections.
TRUTH OR DARE's dam won her turf debut in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico, and she has already thrown turf stakes-placed performer Jamian. The barn has struggled with firsters recently, however, and their charge may be better-suited to route racing down the road. ENGLISH COLONY is the first foal from Group 2 turf winner Jemima. She disappointed badly in her debut, but it's unwise to simply disregard horses from this barn. CUYUNI WATERS may attempt to shake loose in the early stages, and she has shown very good speed on the main track. The stamina hasn't been there, but she should appreciate turning back to five panels. FOREST EDGE is out of a half-sister to Grade 1 sprint winner Serape (dam of Grade 3 turf winner Batique). He cost $290,000 as a yearling, and attracts Rafael Bejarano, but is stuck way outside.

The selection: Hyracotherium to win (7-2 odds or more)