08/19/2005 11:00PM

Rehoboth gives Gomez a strong hand


MIAMI - Trainer Frank Gomez already has the area's top 2-year-old prospect, the undefeated In Summation, who last weekend captured the opening leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes with a dominant performance in the Dr. Fager Stakes.

But Gomez may also have the second-best juvenile on the grounds in Rehoboth, who annihilated a field of first-level allowance horses going seven furlongs on Friday.

Rehoboth, a son of Wagon Limit, rallied from just off the pace of the previously undefeated speedster Lake Kerr for an 11 1/4-length victory under jockey Kristi Chapman. The win was the second straight going seven furlongs for Rehoboth, who earned a career-high 81 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

One thing Gomez will not have to worry about is having his two top juveniles run against each other - at least not in the near future. While In Summation is scheduled to make his next two starts in the second and final legs of the Stallion Stakes, Rehoboth is not eligible to that series and is likely to be pointed for the $150,000 Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup Stakes at a mile and 70 yards on Sept. 24.

Gomez, the second-winningest trainer in Calder history, didn't bother to hang around for the win picture on Friday.

"I can't eat the win pictures," said Gomez, while leaving the parking lot before the field had finished pulling up on the clubhouse turn.

Snug Harbor favored in Regal Gal

Snug Harbor, who dominated the Office Queen Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths when making her last local appearance on June 4, will be favored to beat a similar group in Monday's $40,000 Regal Gal Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going a mile.

Snug Harbor capped a five-race win streak with her one-sided triumph in the Office Queen, surprisingly getting loose on a lead in a field loaded with speed before extending her advantage steadily through the stretch. She earned a trip to the Virginia Oaks off that performance but could not duplicate the effort, tiring badly to finish next to last after setting the pace for more than six furlongs in the nine-furlong turf stakes.

Snug Harbor will be surrounded by speed on both sides in the Regal Gal, and it remains to be seen if she can shake loose on the front end again. If not, the daughter of Boston Harbor may prove vulnerable at a short price.

Alisa's Hope could be an upset threat coming back to the main track off a pair of turf outings. A homebred daughter of Suave Prospect, she followed the same pattern to register a 9 3/4-length first-level allowance win going a mile on the main track May 15 after rebounding from a dull turf effort five weeks earlier.

Keep Cool pays generous $8

Keep Cool entered Saturday's $40,000 Absent Russian Stakes as a 1 1/8-mile turf specialist and did nothing to ruin that reputation after cruising to an easy three-length victory over 20-1 Texas Red in the overnight stakes.

Keep Cool, always dangerous when loose on the lead, set fractions of 23.68 seconds, 47.71, and 1:10.51 over the firm course under regular rider Jose Rivera II, then readily turned back a mild try from 2-1 favorite Bob's Proud Moment in early stretch before cruising to his fifth win in six starts at the distance. He paid a surprising $8 to win despite having defeated much the same field in the Mecke Handicap seven weeks earlier.

Texas Red finished a neck in front of Go Directlyto Jail to be second, with Bob's Proud Moment tiring late to be fourth.