01/21/2009 12:00AM

Polishing works for Hutcheson pair


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The temperature struggled to crawl above 40 and the wind chill made it feel half that during training hours on Wednesday. It was easily the coldest morning of this winter and one of the coldest in recent memory.

But the brisk conditions did not deter hearty New Yorkers like John Kimmel and Barclay Tagg from sending out their top 3-year-old prospects, Break Water Edison and Hello Broadway, for their final serious workouts in preparation for the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes here a week from Friday.

Break Water Edison, who arrived on the grounds Sunday afternoon after spending the early part of the winter at Payson Park, had Kimmel all smiles after covering five furlongs in 1:00.80 seconds under jockey Alan Garcia, breezing in company with stablemate Two Brash.

"That was great - he looked like he was just galloping," said Kimmel. "I was pretty happy with what I saw, and Alan was pretty happy with the way he felt out there."

Kimmel had two options for Break Water Edison's 3-year-old debut, either the seven-furlong Hutcheson here next Friday or the 1 1/8-mile Holy Bull the following afternoon.

"I decided on the Hutcheson because I felt it would be asking him to do too much to go a mile and one-eighth off a three-month layoff," explained Kimmel. "Not that I don't think he can do it. But we really don't need him peaking for the Holy Bull."

Break Water Edison and Hello Broadway will be renewing acquaintances after finishing first and second, less than two lengths apart, in the Grade 3 Nashua to conclude their 2-year-old campaigns. Break Water Edison, a son of Lemon Drop Kid, was also second in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and fourth in the Grade 1 Hopeful at 2.

"By going into the Hutcheson, it gives us a gradual progression to the Fountain of Youth, which is at a mile this year," explained Kimmel. "If you go in the Holy Bull then you have to cut back in distance for the Fountain of Youth."

Kimmel said the cold weather didn't bother him, especially after recently returning from a ski trip in Utah, and it especially didn't bother Break Water Edison.

"This is nice weather for the horses," said Kimmel. "They like the coolness. They did have to run into a pretty good headwind down the backstretch, and the track was a little on the dry side because of the wind, but it's still nothing like the track at Payson, where he had been training."

Hello Broadway worked several minutes before Break Water Edison. Hello Broadway broke off at the six-furlong pole and went in fractions of 24.49, 36.50, and 48.95 seconds before tiring noticeably during the final furlong, completing six furlongs in 1:15.75.

"He went a little slower than I'd wanted, but better on the slow side than too fast at this stage," said trainer Barclay Tagg. "He broke off a little too fast and got a little tired, but the track was slower today than it's been and the wind was pretty tough, especially since he broke off at the six-furlong pole and had such a long run into that wind."

Tagg also is looking at a progression for Hello Broadway from the Hutcheson to the Fountain of Youth and, if all goes well, into the nine-furlong Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 28.

Tagg also worked his multiple Grade 1 winner Tale of Ekati on Wednesday, sending him five furlongs in 1:02. Tale of Ekati, winner of the Wood Memorial and Cigar Mile at 3 last year, will make his 2009 debut in the seven-furlong Richter Scale on Feb. 14.

"I'd like to start off the year running him down here in the Richter Scale at seven furlongs and the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap, then return to New York for the Met Mile," said Tagg.

Kip Deville breezes between races

The Wednesday workout tab at Gulfstream wasn't completed until shortly after 2 p.m. when 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville breezed six furlongs in 1:16.80 over the turf course between the second and third races on the card. Regular rider Cornelio Velasquez was aboard Kip Deville, with the final time skewed somewhat by the fact the temporary rails were set out 60 feet on the course.

"He looked tremendous, man," trainer Rick Dutrow said from the paddock runway as Kip Deville finished pulling up after the work.

The 6-year-old Kip Deville will launch his 2009 campaign a week from Sunday in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf at 1 1/8 miles.

"We want to see if he can handle a mile and one- eighth," said Dutrow. "If he puts on a real show, there's a good chance we'll take him to Dubai. If not we've always got the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland. He's 3 for 3 over that course."

Kip Deville, runner-up in defense of his Breeders' Cup Mile title last fall at Santa Anita, won the 2008 Maker's Mark by one length over Einstein.