07/18/2006 12:00AM

Oceanside Stakes (division 1) preview

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Caribbean certainly has the pedigree of a quality horse as his dam is a full sister to Mutakddim and a half-sibling to Grade 1-placed performer Smooth Charmer from the family of Rhythm. He defeated 29 other rivals to win his maiden at the Curragh last year, and has kept very good company in 2006. A 50-1 chance in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas, Caribbean was no match for subsequent St. James's Palace Stakes hero Araafa. He will make his North American debut for the powerhouse trainer-jockey combination of Neil Drysdale and Pat Valenzuela, and should get a solid pace to attack in the stretch.

Get Funky galloped out like a horse that would appreciate more ground after winning a 5 1/2 furlong optional claimer at Hollywood on June 18. A son of Straight Man, Get Funky received a good trip that day stalking a four-ply speed duel before angling to the inside on the turn. He was a bit late to change leads once clear in midstretch, but proved that he relishes the grass. He should show good speed stretching out in the Oceanside, and may attempt to gain first run on the pacesetters while racing in the clear.

Lightning Hit was the beaten favorite in his last three races, but he's put up competitive Beyer Speed Figures in each of those races, and should appreciate the expected quick pace.

One Union obviously has a great deal of talent as evidenced by his facile victory over Point Determined in a February allowance race. He won his sprint return with a minimum of fuss, but may face pace pressure over an unfamiliar surface, and may not be worth a short price.

Tri Set Slew didn't have an easy trip in his first start since January, and will offer value in exotic wagers.

Selections:
1. Caribbean
2. Get Funky
3. Lightning Hit