05/30/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 5/31


Hollywood Park - Race 4
1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track)
Maiden Claiming ($25,000-$22,500)
3-year-olds and upward, fillies and mares
Purse $16,000.

It's possible we've yet to see the best from RECKONING DAY. The lightly-raced filly has several angles in her favor as she stretches out following two sprints, adds blinkers, and is bred to appreciate the extra distance. Her dam won the California Cup Distaff Starter Handicap at 1 1/8 miles, and her sire won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at nine furlongs. Reckoning Day chased a solid pace in a key maiden claiming event last time out (the runner-up returned to graduate with a 63 Beyer while the last-place finisher came back to score at Los Alamitos), and projects for a solid stalking journey under Richard Migliore.
VEILS DE FLEUR figures to save ground from the advantageous inside post (18% wins at the meet at this distance), and she's picked up her game since being dropped to this class level two starts back. She was no match for odd-on winner Charisma Matters at this trip on May 9, but owns the best last Beyer Speed Figure, and looms the one to beat. Note that she hasn't gained ground from the stretch call to the wire in her last three appearances. FLY FANNIE FLY showed improved early speed on turf at Golden Gate, but grass form often translates to synthetic surfaces, and the daughter of Bartok may be among the early leaders once again on Thursday. QUEENOFTHEBRAHMS failed to hit the board in two turf starts at Turf Paradise, but is a half to a dirt winner, and the dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Crafty Oak (30-8-8-6, $442,155, all wins on dirt). She adds blinkers for this, and is an intriguing new face.
HUNSLEY BUNSLEY draws a cozy inside post, has never raced this cheaply, and may have been compromised by a spill last time out. She has tactical speed, and wouldn't be a surprise.

1. Reckoning Day
2. Veils de Fleur
3. Fly Fannie Fly

The play: Reckoning Day 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: 41-7-14 (+$62.40)