12/21/2006 12:00AM

Lifestyle looks tough off solid effort


OLDSMAR, Fla. - Lifestyle is winless in five starts since finishing a troubled sixth in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Sprint, but his last race shows he may be ready to end the streak when he tops a field of seven in the optional claiming feature Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.

The 1 1/16-mile race will be run as the fifth on the 11-race program, and Lifestyle figures to be tough to handle as he makes his second start since July. In his local debut, Lifestyle, an Indian Charlie 6-year-old trained by Wesley Ward, was well backed at the windows but had to settle for second behind a sparkling effort from Guapeton. Guapeton drew off to post a 4 1/4-length win in 1:10.02 for six furlongs, a very fast clocking over the Tampa racing surface. Guapeton, a 3-year-old, was given a Beyer Speed Figure of 103 for his victory, with Lifestyle earning a 92, his highest figure since the 100 he was given in the BC Sprint.

Lifestyle has made only four starts this year, all at different tracks. In his two other sprint starts this year, he showed good speed at Churchill and Woodbine before weakening. In his lone two-turn try, he set the pace and tired at Hollywood Park.

While Lifestyle is likely to go be favored under jockey Elvis Trujillo, Hopefortheroses, a steady performer who returns to the main track after a failed turf try for trainer Barry Rose, could prove troublesome in his local debut. A Florida-bred, Hopefortheroses finished second in back-to-back stakes at Calder in May and June and fits well here under jockey Tammi Piermarini.

Another runner trained by Ward, Irish Majesty, bears watching. An Arch colt, Irish Majesty finished fourth in the Round Table Stakes at Arlington and was fifth behind Deputy Glitters here in the Tampa Bay Derby.

Centeno, Montalvo start strongly

Daniel Centeno, who had a strong finish at last year's meet here to be second in the jockey standings, has wasted little time getting going this season. Centeno racked up a riding triple on Sunday, then came back on Tuesday to ride three more winners, giving him 11 at the meeting.

Carlos Montalvo also posted a riding triple on Tuesday's program and is off to a quick start with six victories.

Two appear stakes-bound

Two horses who won on Tuesday's card may have earned a shot at stakes. Marieval was impressive dispatching a field of allowance fillies and mares going 1o1/16 miles on the turf and could well be seen later in the meeting in the Endeavour and the Hillsborough stakes.

Brouhaha made her first start for trainer Ray Tamargo a winning one in a five-furlong turf sprint, covering the five furlongs on the turf in a quick 56.95 seconds to prevail by a nose despite drifting wide in the drive. She could be a threat in some of the turf sprint stakes later in the meeting.