05/19/2005 11:00PM

Two Gomez prospects have futures


MIAMI - Frank Gomez, who has trained some of the best 2-year-olds to come out of south Florida over the past two decades, appears to have a couple of more top young prospects on his hands after sending out Home Before Midnite and In Summation to debut victories this week.

Gomez, whose former trainees include Smile, Princess Rooney, and Cherokee Run, saddled Home Before Midnite to a 1 1/4-length maiden win on Sunday and returned on Friday with an even more impressive effort from In Summation, who won his career debut by 4 3/4 lengths.

Home Before Midnite is a daughter of Straight Man, while In Summation, who covered 4 1/2 furlongs in 53.58 seconds and won with speed to spare, is a son of Put It Back. Both horses are eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes.

French Village on rebound in Sunday stakes

French Village dominated the 2-year-old filly division in the summer of 2003, capturing her first three career starts, including the opening two legs of the Stallion Stakes. But French Village has started only four times and won just once since finishing a distant seventh attempting to sweep the Stallion series in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl Stakes later that fall.

French Village, 5, will attempt to recapture some of her old glory in Sunday's $40,000 Kimscountrydiamond Stakes, a 6 1/2-furlong overnight dash for fillies and mares, which drew a field of seven, including trainer Marty Wolfson's uncoupled duo of Sorbet and Prospective Saint.

Trainer Bill White sent French Village back to owner Eugene Melnyk's farm to freshen up after her disappointing effort in the My Dear Girl. After opening her 3-year-old campaign with a five-length victory in an overnight stakes, she made only two more starts before again heading to the sidelines for a prolonged vacation.

French Village returned on May 2 and ran a tiring fourth after pressing a fast pace in the Little Sister Stakes, and she is expected to improve Sunday with that race under her belt. But she may still have her hands full with Sorbet, the likely favorite in the Kimscountrydiamond, who finished a good second after also prompting the pace in the Little Sister.

Morales winning at fast clip

Trainer Mario Morales has yet to win a race during the meet. But the 57-year-old native of Colombia is one horseman to keep an eye on here this season.

Since arriving in the U.S. from Latin America two years ago, Morales has won with 29 of his 149 starters while posting a return on investment of $4.10 for every $2 bet. He was also the second-leading percentage trainer during the 2004 Tropical-at-Calder session, sending out 7 winners from 20 starters, a 35 per cent success rate.

Morales trained for nearly 30 years in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru before coming to the U.S. His top horse was Madame Equis, a multiple Group 1 winner in her native Peru, who won 10 of 14 career starts. His best horse since arriving in this country has been Caballero Negro, who won one stakes and also finished third in the Grade 3 Calder Derby and fifth in the Grade 2 Super Derby as a 3-year-old in 2004.