01/15/2002 1:00AM

On Parade looks a class act


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Shug McGaughey displayed the depth of his 3-year-old filly stock on Sunday when both Lamington and Database won their maidens here.

Thursday, On Parade, perhaps the best-bred 3-year-old filly in McGaughey's barn, makes her seasonal debut in a preliminary allowance race at Gulfstream Park. A field of seven was entered for the 1 1/16-mile race that could serve as a prep for the $100,000, Grade 2 Davona Dale on Feb. 24.

A daughter of Storm Cat and the first foal out of the multiple Grade 1- winning mare My Flag, * certainly has the breeding to be exceptional. She displayed immense talent winning her maiden at first asking in October at Belmont, rallying from last to win a seven-furlong race by 4 1/2 lengths.

Surprisingly, McGaughey cut her back to six furlongs in the Valley Stream Stakes, where she finished a well-beaten third behind Forest Heiress, who covered six furlongs in a stakes-record 1:08.66.

Jockey Jerry Bailey, said McGaughey, "said she did everything we could want her to do, but she doesn't know about running [1:08.66]."

McGaughey immediately shipped On Parade to Gulfstream, where she remained in constant training. She shows six workouts over the track, including a five-furlong move in 1:00.60 on Saturday.

"Besides having a little bit of skin disease, I think she's done really well down here," McGaughey said. "Given her breeding, she's pretty fiery, but we schooled her in the paddock and she was good."

On Parade's sternest challenge figures to come from Litany, a daughter of Holy Bull who exploded to a 23 3/4-length maiden victory at Delaware Park in October. It was the first start in blinkers for the Graham Motion-trained filly. She may be the main speed of the race under Edgar Prado.

Redoubled Miss has been stakes-placed twice and gets the services of the red-hot Eibar Coa.

Harmony Hall finds soft spot

Two weeks after running third in the Spectacular Bid Stakes on opening day, Harmony Hall drops into a second-level allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs in Thursday's eighth race. Trained by Frank Alexander, he encountered some traffic trouble in the Spectacular Bid before rallying to get third.

His toughest challenge figures to come from Final Table, a stakes-winning 2-year-old last e who makes his seasonal debut in here.


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