02/17/2006 12:00AM

Unfamiliar ground for 'Dyna' again


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Todd Pletcher has given the best 3-year-old turf filly stabled in south Florida, J'ray, a little break before launching her campaign later this winter. But the meet's leading trainer appears to have an ample replacement for the division leader in Dyna's Destiny, a well-traveled turf specialist who could be the one to beat in Sunday's $60,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

has not let too much grass grow under her feet since launching her career last summer at Belmont Park. The Gaily Gaily will mark the seventh different turf course she will race over in as many career starts. She has two victories, including the Bedanken Stakes at Louisiana Downs in her 3-year-old debut Jan. 15.

"With turf horses sometimes you have to search around for the right opportunities," said Pletcher. "She was a little unlucky in her race at Churchill Downs to end her 2-year-old campaign and she looked like she was a beaten horse in Louisiana, but she surged at the end to win, then galloped out well in front of the field. I think she's still putting it all together but that she's a quality filly who has been improving as she continues to figure things out."

The connections of will be glad J'ray will be back at the barn on Sunday. Nice Nelly, one of the final foals of the late Seattle Slew, finished second to J'ray in the Selima and third behind her in the Tropical Oaks at Calder on New Year's Day after having won her maiden by 3 1/2 lengths at Belmont on Oct. 21.

Five members of the Gaily Gaily field are coming off a victory in their previous start. In addition to Dyna's Destiny, that group consists of Prospect of Love, Walklikeanegyptian, Miss Shop, and Sprightly.

rallied to a 7 1/2-length first-level allowance win in her last start at 2 at Aqueduct on Nov. 24. She has trained steadily over the main track for Allen Jerkens since arriving in south Florida in December.

Walklikeanegyptian began her career in England before shipping to the U.S., where she won her North American debut by 2 1/4 lengths under entry-level allowance conditions at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 22 for trainer Tom Proctor.

Sprightly, beaten less than a length in Calder's Cherokee Frolic in her only previous stakes start, overcame a rough trip to beat Delmarva by a nose in her 3-year-old debut here on Jan. 25. Delmarva also encountered trouble in that race and is another contender in the well-matched field.