03/30/2009 11:00PM

Wolfson's pair figure tough in feature


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Marty Wolfson has held his own during the 2009 Gulfstream session, even though he'll be the first to admit the competition can be pretty tough around these parts from opening day until April 1.

"You put horses in the two- and three-other-than allowance races at Gulfstream, and you can run into monsters," Wolfson said.

But with many of the bigger outfits now heading north and turning their attention to more lucrative opportunities at Keeneland and in New York, Wolfson has become the monster - at least in Thursday's one-mile optional claiming and allowance feature. He sends out two top contenders, B R's Girl and Camara Oculta, in quest of the $46,000 purse.

B R's Girl returns to the dirt where she posted a 98 Beyer Speed Figure winning her local debut under first-level allowance conditions Jan. 30. The daughter of Pulpit could not duplicate the effort when switched to grass, finishing an even fifth on March 1.

"Because of her pedigree, I wanted to try her again on the grass, but she's much better on dirt," Wolfson said of B R's Girl, who is owned by Edmund Gann.

Camara Oculta has finished second and third in her last two starts against opposition similar to what she faces Thursday. She chased the undefeated One Caroline to no avail in her 2009 debut early in the meet. The 89 Beyer she earned finishing second behind Choragus on Feb. 4 is the second best in the field, behind only stablemate B R's Girl.

"She's been running well but caught horses like One Caroline and Keep the Peace, which is what usually happens at this level during this meet," Wolfson said. "I like both of my horses in this spot. They are very equal and should complement each other well, with one being a stalker and the other a closer."

The Wolfson pair will have to beat Jasmine Gardens. A homebred daughter of Mineshaft owned by Eugene Melnyk, Jasmine Gardens has not started since finishing third in an overnight stakes over the Aqueduct inner track on Dec. 12. Jasmine Gardens had captured her two previous starts by a combined margin of more than 12 lengths. She is trained by Tom Albertrani, who is having a sensational meet, with 8 victories from just 27 starters and five of those wins coming in stakes.

Completing the field are Spirit Line, who has done her best work on grass; Jeepers, fresh off an easy allowance win at Tampa; and longshot La Blanqueada.