03/29/2006 12:00AM

Pommes Frites has speed to fry 'em


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Pommes Frites has never been better and appears to be the lone speed in Friday's $46,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. That deadly combination should make her tough to beat in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for older fillies and mares.

is not only talented but versatile, having won on both turf and dirt. In fact, she impressed trainer Bill Mott enough winning her entry-level allowance condition by nearly six lengths over the Churchill Downs main track last spring that he stepped her up against Grade 1 competition in the Test Stakes at Saratoga. But after poor showings in both the Test and a subsequent seven-furlong allowance race at Saratoga, Pommes Frites returned to the grass, where she is likely to stay after turning in three big efforts that included a fourth-place finish in Calder's Grade 3 Frances Genter Stakes in her 3-year-old finale.

Pommes Frites returned to the allowance ranks for her 2006 debut, leading throughout en route to a 1 1/2-length victory. A daughter of Dynaformer, she received a Beyer Speed Figure of 92 for the effort, matching her career best, earned during the fall at Belmont Park for an easy decision over second-level allowance competition.

Formal Miss, High Court, and Succession may have the best chance to register the upset should Pommes Frites tire down the stretch.

is winless since December 2004 but comes off a near-miss when she was beaten a head by Miss Mambo in a return to allowance company following a steady diet of stakes competition. A multiple stakes-winning daughter of Formal Dinner, Formal Miss was beaten less than five lengths by the victorious Moscow Burning when she finished sixth in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita, her only other start this winter.

will be making the third start of her current form cycle and looks ready for her best since she finished third behind Snowdrops in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Handicap here last winter. Like Formal Miss, however, the multiple graded stakes-placed mare is winless since 2004.

Succession is the biggest question mark for handicappers, as she will make her U.S. debut off a 5 1/2-month layoff for the always-dangerous Christophe Clement. Succession was a listed stakes winner in Germany at 3 and has trained steadily, if not spectacularly, at Payson Park for her return.