12/21/2007 12:00AM

Someone has to come out a winner

EmailIn the Philadelphia Park condition book, it's listed as the Gift of the Magi Starter Handicap. More accurately, Monday's 10th race is a gift to horses who haven't been able to win all year.

A field of 12 older horses, all of them winless in 2007 and entered for a claiming price of $10,000 or less the past two seasons, will get to run for a $30,000 purse in a seven-furlong starter handicap that closes out Philly Park's Christmas Eve card.

The two best horses in the race, Stormin Bleu and Valid Dancer, are stuck on the also-eligible list.

If he gets to run, Stormin Bleu will be making his first start since he was claimed out of a $16,000 race at Keeneland in April by trainer Scott Lake.

Valid Dancer is based at Mountaineer Racetrack with Lou Ruberto, a 30 percent trainer. He has been idle since July 3, but shows three seconds and a third, all against allowance company, in his only four starts this season.

The dozen runners in the main body of the field are a collective 0 for 142 this year. The best of the bunch are B. Murray and Frenchburg, both making their second start since moving to new barns.

B. Murray, 0 for 15 in 2007, was claimed for $8,000 by high-percentage trainer Ramon Preciado in October and was beaten only 1 1/2 lengths in his first start for his new connections for the same price three weeks ago.

Frenchburg, taken for $5,000 in early November by trainer Ron Abrams and 0 for 13 this year, failed to fire when he stretched out to a mile and 70 yards and ambitiously moved up to the $12,500 level following the claim. Although Abrams is winning with only 7 percent of his starters this season, he's at 22 percent with horses second time off the claim (2 for 9) and switching from routes to sprints (4 for 18).

* Philly's ninth race, a first-level allowance worth $37,000 at six furlongs, is topped by the Todd Pletcher-trained New York shipper Hesogoodwithmoney, a six-length winner over $20,000 claimers at Aqueduct in his last start.

Pletcher has been first or second with 4 of the 6 horses he has run at Philly Park this year, including the filly Aliysa, who cruised by six lengths in an allowance on Dec. 16.

Also dangerous are Geefour, easy winner of a $25,000 starter allowance two weeks ago, and Verbal Engagement, a Lake-trained front-runner who has been first or second in six of his last eight races.