01/30/2004 12:00AM

Vous capable on any surface


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Rain or shine, trainer Tim Hills should be smiling on Super Bowl Sunday. And not because Hills, a former New England resident, is a Patriots fan.

Hills has entered for the $60,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes at Gulfstream, a race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Rain is in the forecast for the entire weekend and it seems likely the race will be switched to the main track. But a change in venue would prove no problem for Vous.

"She broke her maiden over a sloppy track at The Meadowlands and even though the field was nothing special she did it really nicely," said Hills. "And this is a good time of year to find out if your horse will handle top competition on the main track as well as she does on grass. If so, it would double her value."

Vous followed her maiden victory in New Jersey by rallying to a head victory in the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes, a turf race at Calder Nov. 29. She was scheduled to run back over the same course five weeks later as the likely favorite in the Tropical Oaks but was a late scratch after getting sick just days before the race.

"She had a little temperature and missed a couple of days of training, that's all, but it was enough to bump her out of the race," said Hills. "It was really no big deal because it gave her a little more time to develop and she's been training extremely well ever since at Palm Meadows."

If the Gaily Gaily stays on the turf, Vous's chief competition figures to come from Cold Wynnter or Pink Champagne, the second- and fourth-place finishers in the Oaks.

was purchased privately by Live Oak Plantation and turned over to trainer Bill Mott prior to the Oaks. She received a hedge-skimming trip from jockey Jerry Bailey that day only to fall a neck shy of Bobbie Use. She, too, will handle either surface.

Pink Champagne won her first two starts, including Woodbine's Grade 3 Natalma Stakes, and then finished a late-striding fourth, 1 3/4 lengths behind Bobbie Use, in the Oaks, her 3-year-old debut. She broke from post 11 in the Oaks but will begin from post 4 on Sunday.

Both Pick of the Pack and Sisti's Pride are entered dirt only with Sisti's Pride getting a blinker change from trainer Todd Pletcher.

America America, a stakes winner on dirt, would also likely benefit if the race comes off the turf. She's back in against fillies after facing males in three of her last four starts.