03/07/2007 1:00AM

Horse of the day for 3/8


Gulfstream Park - Race 3
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $44,000.

JUSTY cost 620,000 euros at the Goffs Million Sale last September in Ireland, and was the fourth highest-priced lot of the auction. A son of the great Danehill and undefeated Group 3 winner Saintly Speech, Justy made his debut last year in a solid turf sprint at Yarmouth. The winner finished third in the Group 3 Daily Solario Stakes later in the season while the runner-up won the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Lafitte to close out his juvenile campaign. Justy only finished evenly in that heat, but will add Lasix for his North American debut, and may work out a nice stalking trip under Edgar Prado. Trainer Bill Mott excels with European imports, and he used the first-time Lasix angle to perfection with Vanquisher and Moudez earlier in the meet.
Beautifully-bred LET THERE BE LIGHT is a son of stakes-winner Aurora (15-7-2-1, $285K in earnings, three wins on grass), and the second dam, Althea, was a multiple Grade 1 winner on dirt. Let There Be Light descends from one of the most influencial families in the stud book, and himself is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Arch (debut winner, solid turf sire), multiple stakes-winner Alisios (won turf debut), stakes-placed Aztec Pearl (both wins on turf), and Group 3 winner Festival of Light. Trainer John Kimmel and jockey Kent Desormeaux have teamed up for seven winners and a $2.90 ROI at the meet, but Kimmel has struggled with first-time starters over the last 18 months. CURRENT CASE exits a dirt race that produced four next-out winners, and his best race came on Polytrack last year. Many times, horses with good form on the all-weather will successfully transfer their ability to turf, and Current Case should get a solid pace setup in this spot.
SENOR ENRICO isn't the biggest dog in the fight, and he had some problems with his lead changes when earning his career-best Beyer three back at Calder. He seemed more settled when chasing next-out allowance winner Bullara (won by eight lengths with 86 Beyer in 'n1x' on turf) while three and four wide two back, then ran into ultra-impressive winner Curlin over a speed-favoring dirt track last time out. Senor Enrico is slowly starting to figure this game out. GLITTERBOY finished ahead of Senor Enrico on January 12, and will go out for the powerhouse Pletcher-Velazquez combination. He's already lost four times at 5-2 odds or less, however, and has yet to gain ground from the stretch call to the wire in his career. He may attempt to steal this on the front end, but may prove an underlay once again. SPY IN THE SKY did not have an easy trip in his most recent start at Calder, but he's been plagued by layoff lines throughout his short career. The late-runner goes out for a dangerous barn, and figures to be rallying late at a solid mutuel. BROKERAGE HOUSE also didn't have a clean journey last time, but must deal with a tough outside post position if he breaks in from the also-eligible list.

The selection: Justy to win and place (4-1 odds or more)
YTD record based on starts, wins, ITM finishes, and profit/loss margin on the day's bet: 19-3-7, +$47.00