02/28/2006 12:00AM

Three fit conditions in feature


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Reading the conditions of allowance races and matching them up to the prospective starting lineup can often give astute horseplayers an edge. That situation could apply to Thursday's $46,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park, which is carded for fillies and mares who have not won two races other than maiden, claiming, or starter at a mile or over on the turf in 2005-06.

Only three of the 12 fillies and mares entered for the race - Cayuga Waters, Pattiano, and Bobcat Greeley - actually fit the conditions of the one-mile event. Six of the other nine didn't win a race of any kind during the time frame in the conditions. Melody of Colors did capture a five-furlong turf dash earlier this year, but has never won beyond that distance, while Aroarable and the Mexican-bred Casty posted multiple victories on dirt in 2005.

won a third-level allowance race going a mile over the Aqueduct turf course during the spring of 2005 and held her own against stakes company throughout the remainder of the year. Her best effort came at Calder on Nov. 5, when she finished second, beaten a half-length by Ride Her Out, in an overnight stakes. Pattiano has changed barns on numerous occasions over the past couple of seasons and is currently under the tutelage of veteran trainer Reed Combest.

won a New York-bred allowance race over the Belmont turf course in June. She became a stakes winner later in the season when she held gamely to post a neck victory in the Pebbles Stakes, a race switched from the turf to the main track. Trained by Bill Mott, Cayuga Wagers will be making her first start since Oct. 30 but has posted several bullet works at Payson Park in preparation for her return.

won both a maiden race and a first-level allowance race over the Calder turf in August but was winless in five subsequent outings and has not started since finishing eighth at Calder on Dec. 30.

Miss Mambo may actually start as the favorite, even though she was winless in four starts in 2005 and has not started since finishing next-to-last in Belmont's Athenia Handicap, decided over a muddy strip on Oct. 15.