01/08/2008 12:00AM

Jerkens import looks live


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Allen Jerkens has been known for accomplishing many things during his Hall of Fame training career. About the only thing he isn't known for is having success with European invaders. That's simply because he's rarely had that type of horse in his barn. Until now.

Last week, Jerkens sent out the French invader Brooklyn Boy to a dominating first-level allowance win at Calder in his second U.S. appearance. And on Thursday, Jerkens could get a similar performance from another French import, La Conseillante, who makes her U.S. debut after winning 3 of her first 4 career starts, including a listed stakes across the pond.

Both Brooklyn Boy and La Conseillante are owned by Jerkens's longtime client Joseph Allen. La Conseillante is one of 12 older fillies and mares entered in Thursday's $49,500 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park, which is carded at one mile on the turf.

La Conseillante, a 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality, opened her career with three straight wins, each of those victories coming at a mile on grass, including a listed stakes on April 27 during her 3-year-old campaign. She has not raced since finishing a tiring eighth while trying to stretch her speed to 1 1/8 miles in the Group 3 Prix Chloe on July 1.

La Conseillante shows four works on her resume in preparation for her U.S. debut, including six furlongs in 1:15.80 over the Gulfstream Park main track on Dec. 29.

La Conseillante does face the unenviable task of breaking from the extreme outside in post 12 on Thursday, a factor that could force jockey Jose Lezcano's hand a little sooner than he'd like over a course that has not favored speed types during the opening week of the session.

Should La Conseillante falter, late runners such as Truly Enchanting, Arch Nemesis, and Lisa M could prove the major beneficiaries.

Truly Enchanting will be sent out by Jerkens's son, Jimmy, and also is a European import, having begun her career in England, where she won 2 of her first 4 starts. The well-bred daughter of Danehill Dancer won her U.S. debut, rallying to a half-length decision over a yielding grass course at Aqueduct on Oct. 25, but ran out of steam after making a run at the leaders in the one-mile Gaily Gaily Stakes in her 2007 finale.

Arch Nemesis has faced stakes opposition in 4 of her last 5 appearances, sandwiching those outings around a three-length victory in a second-level allowance race at Calder on Nov. 18.