01/13/2004 12:00AM

If Roar Emotion's right, good night


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Rare is the two-time Grade 2 winner still eligible for a third-level allowance condition. So after entries were drawn for the Thursday program at Gulfstream Park, rival trainers had to cringe when the name of Roar Emotion popped up in the feature race, a $38,000 allowance for fillies and mares that have never won three races "other than."

, a 4-year-old filly owned by Joseph Allen and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, will be making her first start since June 28, when she faded badly to finish fifth in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park. The Mother Goose was the exception to the rule for Roar Emotion. In five other starts, she has three wins and two seconds, with two of her victories coming in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at age 2 and the Grade 2 Black- Eyed Susan at 3. After getting time off after the Mother Goose, Roar Emotion has been training forwardly at Palm Meadows.

Clearly, anything resembling her normal effort should be enough to win for Roar Emotion, who will be ridden by John Velazquez. Seven other fillies and mares are scheduled to oppose her in the 1 1/16-mile feature, the eighth of nine races on Thursday.

The top challengers to Roar Emotion probably will be City Sister and Rhumb Line, both of whom won second-level allowance races on the New York circuit last summer. City Sister, trained by Mark Hennig, returns from a brief layoff after a second-place finish in a minor stakes at The Meadowlands, while Rhumb Line, trained by Frank Alexander, also returns from a brief freshening after tailing off in the fall.

Two other nice-looking races sandwich the feature.

In the seventh, a $34,000 allowance sprint for fillies and mares, Velazquez appears to have a live mount in Air Marshall, a Shug McGaughey-trained filly who has been threatening to knock out her first allowance condition win with several close-up finishes. Air Marshall drew post 1 in a field of 10.

In the ninth, a $75,000 claiming race with a $33,000 purse, trainer Mark Casse may have the strongest hand with Bon Marie, a colt who makes his first start outside of Canada and his first for a claiming tag.

Kid Tuaca is another logical possibility among a full field of 3-year-old turf horses in the one-mile finale.

First post is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.