04/14/2010 11:00PM

Worstcasescenario tries turf in return


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - For a month or so last summer, Worstcasescenario was considered among the elite of the 2-year-old filly division on the East Coast after opening her career with a pair of one-sided victories, including the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga.

Eight months later, Worstcasesce-nario is still seeking her next win and an opportunity to prove that those early performances were no fluke. Her first chance to do so comes Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes.

The Boynton Beach is carded at one mile on the turf, a surface Worstcasescenario has yet to try other than in morning workouts. But the way she has trained on grass is one reason trainer Rick Violette has decided to launch her 3-year-old campaign in the Boynton Beach.

"Her feet ended up being a big problem last year, so we just stopped on her and gave her time," Violette said. "She's worked very well several times over the turf. Her last work was especially good, she finished the last eighth of a mile very fast."

Worstcasescenario, a daughter of Forbidden Apple owned by the LRK Stable, breezed three times at Palm Meadows, including six furlongs in 1:16 around the dogs April 7.

"Her Tomlinson numbers are in the toilet, but she's by Forbidden Apple and he certainly became a new horse once he got on grass," Violette said. "She's also got big, flat feet, so I think she'll handle it okay. The turf should also be easier on her feet, and at least we'll find out right away about grass and get her career restarted at the same time."

In The Rough will likely be favored to add the Boynton Beach to her earlier victory here in February in the Coconut Grove Stakes. Trainer Kelly Breen is hoping In the Rough gets a cleaner trip Saturday than she got in her most recent start, when encountering trouble on several occasions en route to a seventh-place finish in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride on March 6.

Dattt Echo has not started since finishing third, 1 1/4 lengths behind In the Rough, after taking the lead in early stretch of the Coconut Grove. The outing was the first on grass for the daughter of Stormy Atlantic who turned in a bullet work over the turf at Payson Park on April 9.

Four members of the Boynton Beach field are coming off grass victories - Dreamed to Dream, Mehndi, Sea Road, and Besitos.

Sea Road has won her last two starts, including a first-level allowance race here Feb. 5. She has not started since but has worked steadily at Palm Meadows for her stakes debut.