Updated on 09/16/2011 7:42AM

Mott hot at Gulfstream


INDIANTOWN, Fla. - With 10 wins from his first 35 starters, Bill Mott has gotten off to an exceptional start as he vies for his ninth Gulfstream Park training title.

Mott has gotten off to this fast start without running any of his big guns, many of whom are stabled at Payson Park - the serene training center located 95 miles north of Gulfstream - and are either getting a freshening or just coming off one. With the retirement of stakes horses Dream Supreme, King Cugat, and Subtle Power, and with the loss of stakes winners Baptize, Mongoose, and Ubiquity to another barn, Mott isn't sure who will emerge as his top horses of 2000.

"Maybe our first team isn't as strong as it used to be, either," Mott said. "I'm not so sure we're sitting around with the same amount of ammunition at the top end. I guess time will sort these things out. I'm sitting here with horses with potential. I guess we'll have to wait 'til the end of the year to find out which ones come to the top."

With 75 horses at Payson, 29 at Gulfstream, 12 at Aqueduct, and a bevy of babies in training on various farms, there are many that can emerge for Mott.

Mott said he has only three horses remaining that run in the familiar red, white, and blue silks of Allen Paulson, who died a few years ago. Those running in the name of Allen Paulson Living Trust are Del Mar Show, Hap, and Rob's Spirit.

Del Mar Show, who went 4 for 5 last year, including a victory in the Grade 2 Hialeah Turf Cup, will make his 2002 debut as the starting highweight in Saturday's Ft. Lauderdale Handicap. Mott said he stopped on Del Mar Show after the son of Theatrical developed a sore back following his fourth-place finish in the Dallas Turf Cup last June at Lone Star.

Hap, the multiple Grade 2 winner who finished fifth in the Breeders' Cup Turf, has recently begun breezing and is being pointed to the Canadian Turf Handicap here on Feb. 23. Rob's Spirit, a multiple Grade 2 winner at 3, only raced once last year because of injury. He is coming back and Mott seems excited about him.

"He's doing very well, actually," Mott said. "We might have something there to look forward to."

Mott won nearly two dozen juvenile races last year but is just beginning to bring some of those horses back. His best chance at making the spring classics, however, lies with Blue Burner, a horse owned by George Steinbrenner and who won his first two starts for John Tammaro III before transferring to Mott last summer. He won a second-level allowance race here on Jan. 3 and will make his next start in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 16.

"We're planning for the Fountain of Youth and see what happens," said Mott, who added that he nominated four horses to the Triple Crown. "I worked him back once and he's fine. We're not in any rush. I guess that's maybe one benefit of starting early. He had a couple of races early last year and he got started early this year so we're not under the gun."

Listen Here, who won the Nashua but faltered in the Remsen, is being pointed to the Swale March 16. Listen Here, Spinning Tales, and a maiden named Rampant Roll are the others Mott nominated to the Triple Crown.

Among his 3-year-old fillies, Mott seemed especially high on Miu Miu, who won a preliminary allowance race here on Jan. 16 defeating the highly touted On Parade.

"I'm excited about her," Mott said. "She handled the dirt, closed, won going away; you had to be thrilled. It was her first time two turns on the dirt and first time in seven months. She ran well."

One newcomer to Mott's barn is Burning Roma, the multiple-stakes winning 3-year-old colt who ran third to Point Given in the Haskell when under the care of Tony Dutrow. Mott said he is pointing Burning Roma to the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship on March 9. But plans after that are up in the air.

"I'm not sure whether I'm keeping him or giving him back to Tony Dutrow," Mott said. "He's doing good. He had been given a vacation. We're just bringing him back to have him ready to go."

Although Mott lost potentially top handicap horses Ubiquity and Mongoose when owner Gary West moved them to trainer H. James Bond, Mott hopes to be represented in that division by This Fleet Is Due. This Fleet Is Due suffered a splint injury after the Haskell and has just begun breezing.

Kimmel off to hot start, too

Like Mott, trainer John Kimmel is off to a roaring start with six wins from 14 starters (.428 winning percentage) through the first 17 days of the meet. Kimmel has won two stakes - the Old Hat with A New Twist and the Mr. Prospector with Hook and Ladder.

A New Twist, who on Monday breezed four furlongs in 51 seconds, will be a heavy favorite in Sunday's $100,000 Forward Gal, especially with the absence of Forest Heiress.

Kimmel's concern is running A New Twist back three weeks after she ran a lifetime best race in the Old Hat.

"I'd prefer to have a little extra time," Kimmel said. "If we have a good week, we'll certainly give it consideration. With a filly of her quality I think the most important thing you got to think about are the races that come in the summer."

Specifically, Kimmel was referring to the Grade 1 Prioress on July 6 and the Grade 1 Test on July 27.

Kimmel said he is also considering running Regal and Fleet, a daughter of Seattle Slew, who won a preliminary allowance race here on Jan. 9.