01/22/2008 12:00AM

Redrawn race now has nine


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Like several of his colleagues who found themselves in the same boat, trainer Herman Wilensky was not exactly sure what to do with his promising 3-year-old Doctor Hall following the cancellation of last Friday's feature race due to a power failure at Gulfstream Park.

The problem was quickly solved when racing secretary Bill Couch put the $42,000 entry-level allowance sprint back up for Thursday and lured six horses from the original field, along with a trio of new shooters, for the seven-furlong race.

Wilensky hopes Doctor Hall will rebound from his last start, a fifth-place finish in a Calder allowance sprint in December, and repeat his impressive debut, which resulted in a 2 1/4-length victory over a field that included next-out graduates White Shoes, Furthest Land, and the very impressive Bordeaux Bandit.

"I didn't exactly know what to do with him after the cancellation," Wilensky said. "I didn't want to take him out and work him the next day and miss the race if it did come right back up. Once it showed up as an extra on Saturday's overnight, I just galloped him easily into the race."

Doctor Hall has worked three times, twice at a mile, since his last start, a race Wilensky dismisses entirely.

"He broke four lengths behind the field, then rushed up into a 22 quarter and 45 half, which means he went in about 21 and 44, and that's just asking too much," said Wilensky. "One reason I worked him those miles was to take a little speed out of him. He probably doesn't have to be on the lead Thursday, although if he breaks and they let him go that would be fine."

Joining Doctor Hall from the original lineup will be Jedi Code, Orients Tune, Tizbig, Ling Ling Qi, and Chadwell. Makes the Point, Moneymaking, and Louis James are the new shooters.

Jedi Code will appreciate a fast pace. A late-striding son of Empire Maker, Jedi Code rallied from last following a slow start to win his maiden going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs. He encountered trouble in the stretch when fifth, just two lengths behind Kentucky Derby hopeful Monba, going a mile in his juvenile finale.

Make the Point is a dangerous addition to the field. A son of Menifee, Make the Point was transferred to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin after finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special, and tuned up for his 3-year-old debut on Thursday by working five furlongs in 49.80 seconds in company with his Grade 1-winning stablemate Daaher last Saturday at Palm Meadows.