01/06/2006 12:00AM

Which angle's right in Ft. Lauderdale?


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Honor in War is a Grade 1 winner, Remind and Big Booster love the course, and Saint Stephen is coming off a brutal trip. Those are just a few of the handicapping angles that will come into play for fans trying to select the winner of Sunday's wide- open Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The Ft. Lauderdale will be decided under allowance conditions at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for a $75,000 purse.

, winner of the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs during the spring of 2003, held his form well throughout his 2005 campaign for trainer Paul McGee. He also surpassed the $1 million milestone in career earnings after closing out the season winning two of his last three starts, including a high- priced optional claiming race at Churchill on Nov. 26.

Sean Bridgmohan, who was aboard Honor in War for the first time in the horse's most recent race, will have the return call.

Remind and Big Booster should relish a return to their favorite course.

, a 6-year-old son of Deputy Minister trained by Bill Mott, has won 4 of 5 starts over the local strip, including an optional claiming race in his only appearance here last winter. That was his only victory in nine tries during 2005, although he did turn in big performances in defeat on several occasions, including a fourth- place finish in the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile.

is 3 for 4 over the local turf course, his lone setback here coming last March in the Canadian Turf Handicap when he finished a late-striding fourth following a slow start. Trainer John Kimmel also sent Big Booster out to win a pair of allowance races earlier in the meet.

Saint Stephen never had much of a chance returning from a six-month layoff in Calder's Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap. getting shuffled back to last from tight quarters along the hedge in the run down the backstretch. Previously, the much-improved Saint Stephen finished sixth while beaten just three lengths in a field that included eventual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap on June 11.

comes off his best effort in some time when he finished a troubled third in Calder's Grade 2 McKnight Handicap and is among several other top contenders in the race along with Cottage, Hotstufanthensome, and likely pacesetter Keep Cool.