01/21/2004 12:00AM

Mott is everywhere you turn


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - This is why horseplayers enjoy betting on Gulfstream races. Each of the 10 horses entered in the Friday feature earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 86 or better in at least one of his last two starts, and none of them appears to have a decided edge over the others.

The feature will be contested at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf course, and surely fans will have a difficult time deciding which horse deserves to be favored. Run under a three-other-than allowance condition, the $38,000 race is awash with viable options, including one horse trained his whole career by Bill Mott, one making his first start since being transferred into Mott's care, and one recently claimed from Mott.

, a New York-bred 5-year-old who sold for for $350,000 as a 2-year-old, is trained by Mott, the Hall of Famer who has won or shared eight of the last 10 training titles at Gulfstream. Owned by the estate of Ahmed bin Salman, Motives will be making his first start in five months, having led throughout to win a New York-bred allowance at Saratoga in his most recent appearance.

Amon, making his first start for Mott, will be trying to duplicate a two-back performance in which he rolled to victory at Calder, where he was trained by Duane Knipe. Having switched in early December to Mott's barn at Gulfstream, Amon has been working right along for what will be his first race in nearly eight weeks.

had been a Mott mainstay until trainer John Zimmerman claimed him for $50,000 when the horse finished third as the favorite on Jan. 10 at Gulfstream. Spotted Owl, a 6-year-old by Woodman, has been a consistent sort throughout his career, having knocked down $125,755 from 19 starts.

Other logical contenders in the eighth of nine Friday races include Office Ghost, a winner of his last two starts, and Thefull Circle, who is winless in more than a year but still seems capable at this level.

One other allowance (race 6) is carded Friday: a $34,000 entry-level turf route for fillies and mares. Ten Kisses, second as the favorite for similar conditions in her latest start, figures strong for trainer Linda Rice and jockey Jose Santos.

A $50,000 claiming sprint (race 4) also is on tap. Tito's Beau, a winner on the second day of the meet, is one of a handful of contenders.

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