02/26/2008 12:00AM

Turf could do the trick for 'Luvina'


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Star of Luvina appeared to be a star in the making after winning her maiden at second asking and earning a 92 Beyer Speed Figure last spring at Churchill Downs. But she failed to win in her three subsequent starts, and trainer Eddie Kenneally will put her on the turf Thursday, hoping to get her back on the winning track in a $41,000 allowance at Gulfstream Park.

Star of Luvina was sidelined nearly six months after registering her 1 1/2-length maiden victory in Kentucky. Since hitting the comeback trail in November, her best effort has been a second-place finish here over the main track on Jan. 6. In her most recent appearance, Star of Luvina was hard used contesting the pace before fading to finish sixth and last as the even-money favorite under entry-level allowance conditions.

Star of Luvina has every right to handle the surface in her turf debut. Her sire, Five Star Day, has produced a high percentage of grass winners, and Star of Luvina's 350 Tomlinson turf rating is just 1 point shy of being the best in this lineup.

We Will Rock You returns to the turf for the first time since facing listed stakes opposition in France during the summer of 2007. We Will Rock You, an Irish-bred son of fashionable grass sire Rock of Gibraltar, won her career debut over the grass at Chantilly, defeating 14 rivals going a mile over a good course.

We Will Rock You raced over the Polytrack at Keeneland when making her U.S. debut for trainer Christophe Clement in October. She faded to sixth after making a big run to reach the lead three furlongs from the wire in the about seven-furlong dash.

Savor It comes off her best effort yet, a third-place finish under similar allowance conditions here on Jan. 31. Savor It has shown steady improvement since winning her maiden under a $30,000 claiming tag going 1 1/16 miles at the Meadowlands in September, and joins We Will Rock You as the only turf winners in the field.

Count Me Out was disqualified from second and placed fifth in an encouraging turf debut on closing day at Calder, then bounced back with an easy four-length tally in a midpriced conditioned claiming race over the main track here early in the meet.