03/31/2007 12:00AM

A. P. Arrow helps make Prado's day


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Edgar Prado had one of those Saturdays when virtually nothing goes wrong. The 2006 Eclipse Award-winning jockey won not only the Florida Derby aboard Scat Daddy, but also five earlier races on the Gulfstream Park card, including a narrow score aboard A. P. Arrow when the wire came just in time for the heavy favorite in the $150,000 Skip Away Handicap.

"He is like riding a bike - you have to keep peddling all the time," said Prado. "They told me to ride him with confidence, and I did, and he got the job done."

A. P. Arrow, always near the pace in the 1 1/8-mile Skip Away, shook off several horses before edging clear in deep stretch, then was all out to defeat Rehoboth by a head. The winner returned $3.

The victory was the fourth in 16 lifetime starts and the first in a stakes for A.P. Arrow, a 5-year-old A.P. Indy horse owned by the Allen Paulson Living Trust and trained by Todd Pletcher. He finished in 1:49.70 over a fast track.

After Rehoboth, a 16-1 shot ridden by Manoel Cruz, came Political Force, who finished another length back in third after giving way grudgingly as a race-long pace factor.

Besides the Florida Derby and Skip Away, Prado also won the third through sixth races on the 12-race card.

Pan American: Jambalaya doubles up

Jambalaya proved his victory last month in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap was no fluke when he returned to register a similarly game half-length decision over Hotstufanthensome in the $150,000 Pan American Handicap.

Jambalaya saved ground while rating off a relatively slow pace set by longshot Fri Guy, who posted modest fractions of 24.41 seconds, 49.02, and 1:14.36 over the firm course while prompted by Ramazutti. Under a well-timed ride by jockey Javier Castellano, Jambalaya eased outside to rally three wide entering the stretch, overtook the tiring leaders at midstretch, and after edging clear withstood a surge from Hotstufanthensome.

Jambalaya, a 5-year-old gelded son of Langfuhr, is trained by Catherine Day-Phillips for the Kingfield Racing Stable. Jambalaya completed 1 1/2 miles in 2:24.98 and paid $5.40.

Hotstufanthensome rallied down the middle of the track and was easily second-best, finishing 2 3/4 lengths in front of Fri Guy, who outlasted Ramazutti for third.

"We brought him back to the farm in Ocala and went easy on him for a couple of weeks after his last win," said Day-Phillips. "He's an easy horse to train because he's so easy on himself, and Javier gets along with him so well. He also enjoys a firmer surface like the turf course at Gulfstream Park."

Day-Phillips, who is based at Woodbine for much of the year, said Jambalaya would ship to Canada in about a week with the Grade 3 Connaught Handicap likely next on his agenda.

- Mike Welsch

Orchid: Safari Queen can't be ignored

Safari Queen, whose outstanding accomplishments at times get lost in the shadow of her Eclipse Award-winning stablemate Wait a While, added another graded stakes victory to her already impressive resume, rallying to a 1 1/2-length victory over Almonsoon in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap.

Like Wait a While, Safari Queen is owned by Alan Cohen's Arindel Farm. A 5-year-old daughter of Lode, Safari Queen was purchased privately after completing her championship 3-year-old campaign in her native Argentina.

Under a perfectly judged ride by jockey Chris DeCarlo, Safari Queen saved ground while rating just off the early pace of longshot Moon Berry. Time On, making her U.S. debut, was the first to challenge the leader, gaining a short advantage as the field approached the stretch.

DeCarlo angled Safari Queen three wide leaving the quarter pole, after which she overtook Time On near the eighth pole before gradually edging clear, paying $4.40. Almonsoon, who like Safari Queen is trained by Pletcher, split rivals with her belated rally to finish second, a length in front of Time On.

Safari Queen added the Orchid to previous victories in the Grade 2 Long Island and La Prevoyante handicaps. All three of those wins came at 1 1/2 miles.

"She got a nice ground-saving trip and ran well," said Pletcher, who watched the Orchid from Nad Al Sheba in Dubai. "She's a very consistent filly."

Pletcher, who won the 2005 and 2006 Orchid with Honey Ryder, said Keeneland's Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes on April 25 could be next on the agenda for Safari Queen.

- Mike Welsch

Aventura: Street Magician aces test

Street Magician passed his first stakes test with flying colors when turning back Yesbyjimminy in the final furlong to capture the $139,500 Aventura Stakes.

Owned by Larry Johnson and trained by Michael Trombetta, Street Magician was making his first start since earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 99 in winning a Feb. 10 maiden race at Gulfstream. With Rafael Bejarano back aboard, the Street Cry colt broke sharply to contest all the pace, then was hard-pressed to repulse Yesbyjimminy, a two-time stakes winner, by a half-length. He finished seven furlongs in 1:22.38 over a fast track.

Trombetta said the April 28 Withers at Aqueduct could be the next start for Street Magician, who returned $7 in a field of nine 3-year-olds.

Yesbyjimminy, a 7-1 shot who got a great stalking trip while making his first start since Nov. 11, finished a neck ahead of the late-closing Our Sacred Honor. Blue Bullet, the 5-2 second choice, faded badly after contesting the pace to finish eighth.

- Marty McGee