03/23/2005 1:00AM

Remind in familiar situation


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Last winter, Remind rebounded from a second-place finish in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup to win a third-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park. Remind returns on the anniversary of that victory, with his connections hoping history will repeat itself as he starts as the favorite against slightly tougher allowance competition in Friday's $39,000 feature at one mile on the turf.

was the runner-up for the second consecutive winter in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup, when he was beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Wire Bound after an eventful trip on Feb. 19. The outing was the first for Remind since his 2004 campaign came to a premature end following a fifth-place finish in Woodbine's Grade 2 King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap in June.

Trained by Bill Mott for his owner-breeder, Claiborne Farm, Remind was multiple graded stakes placed as a 3-year-old in 2003, with perhaps his best effort coming in defeat, a near-miss to Lismore Knight in the Grade 2 Arlington Classic. Friday's race will be his first start against allowance company since his victory here a year ago.

Jerry Bailey, who won an overnight stakes with Remind in 2003, will have the call.

, Remind's former stablemate in Mott's barn, will be among the main contenders. He was claimed for $100,000 out of a similar optional claiming race by trainer Wesley Ward after finishing second behind the heavily favored Mustanfar in his only previous start this year. He's Crafty had earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103 capturing his 2004 finale at Calder.

, a graded stakes winner last year, could be an upset threat making the third start of his current form cycle for Allen Jerkens. Chilly Rooster comes off a much-improved showing in his last start when he finished second behind Cottage despite being forced to steady in early stretch. A gelded son of Arch, he upset Aqueduct's Grade 3 Ft. Marcy Handicap at 32-1 last spring.

Cottage could not overcome traffic trouble on the far turn when he was beaten by two lengths under similar conditions earlier this month, but he is a factor on his best with clean sailing.

Grato Recuerdo and Dale Dale, a pair of Chilean-breds, help fill out the starting lineup.