03/13/2006 12:00AM

'News' just needs clean trip


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - On paper, Remarkable News is the horse to beat in Wednesday's $35,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. But even trainer Angel Penna Jr. knows his horse cannot afford to make any mistakes in a very competitive field of nine older horses set to go 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

had his two-race win streak snapped when he finished a troubled third on Feb. 16, his first start in more than three months. That race was decided under the same second-level allowance conditions as Wednesday's main event.

"He checked twice horribly in the race, and even though he came back again, you can't afford those types of problems in these kind of races, because the horses in there are tough and they'll beat you if you make a mistake," said Penna. "Unfortunately, Remarkable News is a very hard horse to ride. He's headstrong, so if you jerk on him he sulks, but if you let him go he'll go in 22 and 44. But he's doing well for this race, and it should all be a matter of the trip for him."

Javier Castellano, who has ridden Remarkable News in each of his four previous starts, will again have the mount on Wednesday.

returns to turf for the first time since he won his U.S. debut at Fair Grounds in March 2004. Now 6, Unigold has made only four starts since that outing, all on dirt, including a late-striding third going 6 1/2 furlongs here Feb. 20, when he returned from a 10 1/2-month layoff.

has yet to win on grass and has been idle since Oct. 10, but he is a stakes-placed colt who showed promise over the turf earlier in his career. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Skagway has been training forwardly for his return here since January.

Also on the card, a field of nine 3-year-olds will square off at six furlongs in Wednesday's co-feature, to be decided under entry-level allowance conditions for a $33,000 purse.

Reigning Court was victimized by some unruly behavior in the gate and a deep rail as the even-money favorite in his 2006 debut. He was a three-length winner of his only previous start last fall at Churchill Downs.

Laptop Computer returns to the allowance ranks and turns back to six furlongs after finishing a tiring seventh behind Kentucky Derby prospect Bluegrass Cat in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.