02/05/2003 12:00AM

Sizzling trainers collide in feature

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Except for Mark Shuman, nobody has had a better first month at the 2003 Gulfstream meet than trainer Dale Romans. The two red-hot trainers will go head to head in Friday's featured eighth race when Romans sends out Dubai Sheikh against Shuman's My Good Trick in a $38,000 allowance race at six furlongs.

With eight winners from his first 26 starters, Romans's 31-percent success rate nearly matches Shuman's so far this winter. Dubai Sheikh provided the Romans barn with the first of those victories when he rallied to a neck decision over entry-level allowance competition on Jan. 4. It has since become a key race with Choctaw Ridge, Pinch Hitter, and Crowd, the third-, fourth-, and eighth-place finishers behind Dubai Sheikh, all returning to win their next starts.

Dubai Sheikh showed he remains sharp for the jump to second-level allowance company by working five furlongs in 1:00.20 here last Friday, the third best work on that morning's tab. Pat Day, who guided Dubai Sheikh to victory last month, will be back aboard.

My Good Trick turns back to six furlongs after finishing a troubled third going seven furlongs on opening day. My Good Trick had to steady on a couple of occasions awaiting racing room around the turn, and made a quick move to join the leaders near the eighth pole once clear before flattening out a bit in the final furlong. The 4-year-old My Good Trick, who was claimed by Shuman for $35,000 at Delaware in July, has now hit the board in each of his last five starts.

To win the race, Dubai Sheikh and My Good Trick will have to catch the speedy Love My Mountain who has won each of his last two starts and figures to get loose on the lead if able to show his best speed.

Bomb Site comes off a much-needed effort when beaten less than two lengths under similar conditions on Jan. 19 while making his first start in nearly nine months. Barnacle Steve finished full of run to be second, less than a length behind Grade 3 stakes winner Maybry's Boy, in that same race.

Governor Hickel, who is winless in five starts since finishing third in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes here last winter, returns from a six-month layoff for trainer Nick Zito.

Love that Moon, Jeb's Wild, and Princessdi's Folly round out the lineup.

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