04/02/2004 12:00AM

Nonsuch Bay avoids nemeses


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Frank Alexander overcame the temptation to send out Nonsuch Bay in a short field for a big purse in the $200,000 Rampart Handicap to await Sunday's $75,000 Banshee Breeze Handicap at Gulfstream Park. His strategy should pay off if Nonsuch Bay simply runs back to her effort in the 2003 Banshee Breeze, which she won by more than four lengths.

Nonsuch Bay will head a field of 12 older fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile Banshee Breeze. She will carry 116 pounds, one fewer than highweight Pampered Princess.

Only four horses ran in the Rampart, but two of them were Sightseek - the winner - and Roar Emotion. Alexander had already seen all he wanted of those fillies. Nonsuch Bay finished a well-beaten third behind Sightseek in last year's Grade 1 Go for Wand and second to Roar Emotion earlier this meet in the Grade 3 Sabin.

"As things turned out she probably could have been second in the Rampart," said Alexander. "I just didn't want to put her up against that kind again."

has been graded stakes placed five times despite having gone winless since the 2003 Banshee Breeze.

defeated Nonsuch Bay by a head in an allowance here on Jan. 28 after Nonsuch Bay was blocked for much of the stretch.

Pampered Princess has won three of her last four starts, including Tampa's Wayward Lass Stakes, and is in top form for trainer Marty Wolfson. A 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, Pampered Princess does her best when she is near the pace.

D'Wildcat Speed should improve off her much-needed U.S. debut when she finished fifth behind House Party in the 6 1/2-furlong Hurricane Bertie Stakes. The setback ended a 14-race win streak and was only her second loss in 16 career starts.

"She's better around two turns and her last was a deceptively good effort," said trainer Bill White. "She closed on a lightning-fast racetrack and galloped out stronger than anybody in the field."

Redoubled Miss finished second, 7 1/2 lengths behind Sightseek, in the Rampart and would benefit from a hot pace Sunday.

Secret Request was soundly defeated in the Sabin after posting a major upset, a three-quarter-length victory at odds of 74-1, in the Sunshine Millions Distaff.