01/26/2008 12:00AM

May Night back in allowance company


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It may be illogical to describe a horse that's 2 for 21 as an overachiever, but May Night could be an exception.

As a 2-year-old, May Night won a stakes race at Saratoga as a maiden and last year she won a second-level allowance race when eligible for a first-level condition. After four tries in graded stakes company, May Night is back in a second-level allowance heat that serves as the Monday feature at Gulfstream Park. A field of 11 was entered for the one-mile turf race.

May Night has finished second or third in three graded stakes, which explains why she has earned $335,257 despite having won just twice. Part-owner and trainer Fred Seitz said his goal is to win a graded stakes with May Night this year.

The closest May Night came to winning a

graded stakes was last summer at Woodbine, where she was beaten a nose by Masseuse in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly.

"She was quite wide that day and finished up real well," said Seitz, who owns May Night with Harvey Clarke. "Edgar Prado rode the winner and galloping out he hollered to my rider that he won it. Maybe this is her year."

Seitz has been pleased with May Night's training at Palm Meadows. His only concern is that one mile may be too short for his mare. Robert Landry, who rode May Night three times last year, is aboard Monday.

Drop a Line, Stormy West, and Nyarhini look like the other major contenders.

Drop a Line, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, is coming off a front-running first-level allowance win in her turf debut last month at Calder.

"I didn't necessarily expect her to be the lead the other day," trainer Graham Motion said. "It's a step up for her, but she hasn't run a bad race. We'll find out a little bit more about her."

Stormy West drops into allowance company for her 4-year-old debut after two solid stakes efforts. She was beaten a neck in the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont before finishing fifth, beaten only 2 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland, her last start on Oct. 19. Stormy West won an allowance race here last year and trainer Bill Mott is exceptional bringing a horse back off a layoff.

Nyarhini, trained by Christophe Clement, was a hard-luck third in this same condition at Calder on Dec. 23. She encountered traffic trouble when attempting to split horses in deep stretch and altered course to the rail while finishing strong.