01/22/2007 12:00AM

Titan Time appears capable of firing fresh


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Turf sprints have become all the rage at Gulfstream Park this winter. For the third time in the last four racing days, the feature on Wednesday will be decided at five furlongs on the grass.

As is the case in most turf sprints, there is no standout in Wednesday's $48,000 second-level allowance for fillies and mares. The Bill Mott-trained Titan Time is likely to go favored on the strength of a couple of second-place finishes under similar conditions in 2006.

Titan Time, a 5-year-old daughter of Red Ransom, rallied from the rear of the pack following a tardy beginning to finish second behind Songfest as the 8-5 favorite in her 2006 debut here last Feb. 12. In her only U.S. start prior to that, Titan Time captured a first-level allowance race going six furlongs over the Belmont Park turf.

Titan Time started six more times after leaving south Florida, registering a pair of seconds and one third at distances ranging from five furlongs to one mile. She has not run since finishing a tiring fifth after making the pace into the stretch going one mile at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 19.

Titan Time has trained well since returning to south Florida in December, and comes into Wednesday's race off a bullet three-eighths drill over the main track on Jan. 17.

The most intriguing member of the field is Oceans Apart, an English-bred filly who makes her U.S. debut for trainer Graham Motion. Oceans Apart captured 2 of 13 starts in her native England, including a six-furlong turf sprint during the summer of her 2-year-old campaign. She did not win in six tries last year at 3, but has been training extremely well over the Palm Meadows turf course in preparation for her first start on this side of the Atlantic.

"I think she's probably going to end up around two turns, but since she's been sprinting at home and doing so well since she's been down here, I thought I'd start her out in this spot," said Motion. "Turf sprinting here is so different than in England, especially over this rock-hard stuff, and my main concern is that she just won't be able to get up in time at five furlongs."

Other key contenders include Legs Benedict, who finally won her entry-level allowance condition after 10 tries on Oct. 6; Fan Time, a turf sprint winner in California early last year; My Velvet Revolver, who has won both her grass starts at the distance; and Golden Knolls.