02/07/2006 12:00AM

Olaya gives depth to Motion's barn

Olaya (right) moves past Ready's Gal to win an optional claimer Monday and improve her U.S. record to 2 for 2.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Graham Motion, who already has top-class female turf veteran Film Maker back for another campaign, is hopeful he'll have a potent one-two punch in the division this year after watching Olaya win her second start in as many tries in the U.S. here Monday.

Olaya, a 4-year-old daughter of Theatrical, had captured her U.S. debut three months earlier when she outgamed Spotlight for a neck decision in Aqueduct's Grade 2 Long Island Handicap. She turned in a similar performance on , fighting her way through a narrow opening along the inside to wear down a determined Ready's Gal going 1 1/16 miles under fourth-level optional claiming and allowance conditions.

"I'm very pleased with the race," said Motion. "She's a very game and very tough filly. The way she won along the rail today was the same way she won the Long Island Handicap."

Motion had originally entered Olaya in Saturday's Suwannee River but scratched her after the race was taken off the turf because of rain. Monday's allowance feature seemed like an easier spot, although Motion and the seven others who originally entered got a bit of a shock when the race also drew two-time Grade 1 winner Amorama, trained by Bobby Frankel.

Fortunately for Motion and the three others who stayed in the race, Amorama was scratched and instead worked five furlongs on the dirt in 1:00.80 on Tuesday morning.

"Wasn't that the craziest four-other-than you ever saw?" said Motion. "I bet we all thought we were clever going in there, and then you catch a horse like Frankel's, who is already a two-time Grade 1 winner."

Motion had some reservations prior to the race because of the distance, thinking it might be too short for a filly whose previous two wins came at 1 1/2 miles.

"I've been waiting a month to run her and I just couldn't sit on her any longer," said Motion. "She is very sharp, and I needed to get something into her before the next one."

Motion said the "next one" would be the 1 1/16-mile The Very One Handicap on March 4.

Martinez confident in Brass Hat

Jockey Willie Martinez, who rode Brass Hat to his record-setting victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap, was still on the grounds Monday, basking in the glow of the most important win of his career.

Martinez, currently the second-leading rider at Turfway Park, has been Brass Hat's regular rider since the pair teamed for an upset in the Ohio Derby in 2004.

"I was very confident he could win the Donn," said Martinez. "He's never really gotten the respect he deserves, but the way he won the New Orleans Handicap, overcoming a speed-biased racetrack like that, I knew he could beat these horses.

"He's really got a devastating three-sixteenths-of-a-mile run, and once he gets to the top of the stretch he's very game and a tough horse to beat," he added. "The only thing that scared me a little was watching the early races on Saturday because it seemed like speed was winning everything over the wet track."

Martinez, 34, was the leading apprentice rider at Gulfstream in 1989 before suffering an injury near the end of the meet.

"I was the second-leading rider here with a couple of weeks to go that year," said Martinez. "I was riding for trainers like Nick Zito and Allen Jerkens, and agents were calling wanting to take me to New York. Then I broke my collarbone. Things have gone up and down over the years, but a Grade 1 win like this should be good for my career."

Coa visits and rides a winner

Eibar Coa, who is dominating the jockey standings during the Aqueduct winter meeting, took advantage of an off day in New York to fly to south Florida to visit his family on Monday. He also found time to pick up a little extra change when he rode Leadwithyourchin to an easy victory for trainer Michael Hushion in the afternoon's finale at Gulfstream.

Coa, Gulfstream's leading rider in 2003, finished tied for sixth with 52 winners here last winter.

Leadwithyourchin completed Monday's pick six, which paid one ticket-holder $149,389.20. The ticket was sold through XpressBet, Magna Entertainment's advance-deposit wagering company. The payoff was the largest here this season.

* Randy Weinsier, who owned Eclipse Award winner Lakeville Miss, died earlier this week at the age of 95. Lakeville Miss was the 2-year-old filly champion in 1977. She went on to win the Coaching Club American Oaks and finish second in the Mother Goose and Acorn at 3.