03/18/2008 11:00PM

Pyramyst always right there


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Pyramyst, a model of consistency for the past 10 months, will look to continue her winning ways when she returns to allowance company in Friday’s $41,500 main event at Gulfstream Park.

Pyramyst has won her last three starts, including a pair of optional claiming, entry-level allowance races at Calder, and has not finished worse than second or been beaten more than a half-length in eight consecutive outings dating back to April 29, 2007 at Mountaineer Park. The secret to her success, according to trainer Peter Walder, is making sure she gets plenty of time to recuperate from her races.

“She runs anywhere,” said Walder who claimed Pyramyst for $10,000 at Arlington Park in August. “And give her enough time between starts and she’ll give you 100 percent every time.”

Friday’s feature, to be run at a mile, has drawn a diverse group, which is not uncommon for races written with both optional claiming and allowance conditions. Six of the 11 members of the field have posted just a single victory during their careers, while horses like Pyramyst and Alarming Anytime are already nine-time winners.

“I think when you’re talking about older horses you have to give preference to those that have won multiple races,” reasoned Walder.

Better Again is among the group entering the race with only one win on her resume. A lightly raced daughter of Thunder Gulch, she launched her career earlier in the meet and continues to improve with experience. She rallied to an easy 4 1/4-length victory capturing her maiden going seven furlongs on Feb. 4, then returned to finish third despite a slow start from the rail when she beat optional claiming and allowance opposition on March 1.

Trained by Mark Hennig for owner-breeder Lee Lewis, Better Again will be equipped with blinkers for the first time on Friday. She shows a bullet half-mile work in 49.20 seconds at Payson Park since her previous outing.

Alarming Anytime registered her ninth career win during the second week of the meet, drawing away to a 5 1/4-length victory over $16,000 starter allowance opposition in a race moved from the turf to the main track. She finished a disappointing fourth as the 4-5 favorite when she was claimed by her present connections for $14,000 on Feb. 15.

Ong Musician, who outlasted Better Again and finished second despite a race-long pace duel in her last, also looms a key contender, along with multiple winners Mia Mia and Imeldo Oh.