01/25/2006 12:00AM

Preach It must control her speed


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Marty Wolfson already knows that Preach It handles a two-turn mile without any problem. On Friday, he'll find out if she can have similar success running a one-turn mile when she takes on seven rivals in the $37,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares.

is unbeaten and untested in two previous starts at a mile, having won second- and third-level allowance races by 6 3/4 lengths and 4 1/4 lengths this fall at Calder. A daughter of Saint Ballado, Preach It used her high speed to control the pace before drawing off with authority through the stretch in both races.

Those victories earned Preach It her first stakes opportunity on the final day of the 2005 season, in Calder's Stage Door Betty Handicap. A suicidal early duel with American Miss took its toll on Preach It, however, and after battling head and head with American Miss to the eighth pole of the 1 1/16-mile stakes, Preach It finished eighth. American Miss finished ninth.

Preach It will be reunited with jockey Eddie Castro on Friday, and they must avoid a similar early battle with Darluna, a stakes-winning daughter of Premiership who is also at her best on the lead. Darluna won a pair of races here last winter, winning her maiden by 13 lengths under a $25,000 claiming tag over the main track before capturing a first-level allowance race going a distance of ground on the grass.

An early speed duel could play into the hands of , who rallied from near the rear of the pack to win a restricted overnight stakes at a mile this fall at Belmont Park. She was also a late-striding second behind Play Ballado under similar conditions five weeks later at Aqueduct.

should also benefit from an honest pace. A 4-year-old daughter of Exploit, Exploivacious returns to the allowance ranks for the first time since she rallied to a 3 1/4-length victory in a second-level allowance going seven furlongs at Keeneland on Oct. 28.

Both Maria's Dance and Getcozywithkaylee bring two-race win streaks into the race. Like Darluna, Maria's Dance has already proven her mettle over the course with a wire-to-wire win here in her career debut last March. Both of her recent victories came at a mile and 70 yards.

Getcozywithkaylee earned a career-best 89 Beyer going a mile when she captured her second-level allowance condition at Churchill Downs in October, then successfully stepped up to the next level to beat optional claiming and allowance horses while turning back to seven furlongs at Calder in her 2005 finale.