03/27/2007 11:00PM

Horse of the day for 3/29


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

With Rahy as the broodmare sire, and Roberto as the sire of the second dam, EIGHT DAYS APART should appreciate switching to turf. She is bred for speed as well as for grass as she's a half-sibling to Grade 2 turf winner Green Fee and Grade 2 sprint winner Posse. There are some European turf influences deep in the family, and trainer Bill Mott does very well with his grass performers. The 475K yearling purchase showed good speed two starts back when facing eventual Grade 2-placed performer Silver Knockers, and she can be excused for her most recent defeat as she stumbled at the start. Expect her to be close to the pace on Thursday.
KAREN'S IDOL is the first foal out of a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arcangues (also a Group 1 winner on turf in France), and French Group 3 winner Agathe (the dam of quality turf performers Artiste Royale and Aquarelliste), and the Hennessy - Carson City "nick" should contibute some speed. She cost six figures as a yearling, and shows some solid drills for her debut. COZZI CAPITAL is by Breeders' Cup Mile hero Cozzene out of a mare that won the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes on grass (also won her turf debut). A half-sister to a Point Given colt that won his turf debut, Cozzi Capital boasts a powerful turf pedigree. ARIA's second dam is a half-sister to the potent stallion Pulpit, so it's a bit troubling that she only realized $4,000 at public auction in 2005.
LONG APPROACH is a half to French stakes-placed runner Final Approach, and the dam won the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap on the lawn for these connections. That race was at 1 1/2 miles, however, so Long Approach may do better with added distance down the road. CARLIE'S GOLD's second dam was stakes-placed on the turf , and the young sire blazed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:11.73 in the grassy Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita. Must deal with a difficult outside post. CORRIDOR QUEEN is by the great turf sire Danzig, but she only cost $80,000 at auction (sire's stud fee was well into the six figures), and the dam hasn't produced much thus far. MARINA BALLERINA has done well on Polytrack, and that form has translated nicely to grass. She'll likely need a Beyer boost to contend here.

Selection: Eight Days Apart to win (2-1 odds or more)

YTD record based on starts, wins, top pick in the money, and profit/loss of that day's selection: 28-4-10 +($38.80)