01/18/2007 1:00AM

$1M purse entices Silver Wagon to go long


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Silver Wagon has run the best races of his career at distances of seven furlongs or shorter. But trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. plans to stretch the 6-year-old Silver Wagon out to 1 1/8 miles for next Saturday's $1omillion Sunshine Millions Classic for one reason only.

"We're going for the money," said Dutrow.

Silver Wagon won the Grade 1, seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2003 while in the barn of Ralph Ziadie. He also ran arguably the best race of his career going seven furlongs for Dutrow in his 2006 finale, when he drew off to a 5 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Sport Page Breeders' Cup Handicap at Aqueduct. He was also third and fourth in the last two editions of the Grade 1 Forego at seven furlongs, and fourth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh going six furlongs.

Silver Wagon has made only three of his 21 career starts around two turns and none since finishing a well-beaten third behind Read the Footnotes in the 2004 Fountain of Youth.

"He's doing well and coming off a very big race," said Dutrow, who added Silver Wagon to his powerful stable last summer in New York. "I'm not worried about him going two turns. Not for $1 million. But after this race he'll go back to seven furlongs again."

Einstein sharpens for Gulfstream Cap on dirt

Einstein, upset winner of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap over the turf here last winter, continues to work well for his return from a long layoff.

Einstein, a Brazilian-bred son of Spend a Buck, worked six furlongs in 1:12 over the main track here Thursday, his sixth recorded work and third bullet drill over the last five weeks.

"He is doing incredibly well," said trainer Helen Pitts just prior to boarding a flight for Kentucky early Thursday afternoon. "Not only did he work great this morning but you should have seen what a handful he was trying to cool him out after he got back to the barn."

Pitts said Einstein, who has not started since finishing fourth to English Channel in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 6, is being pointed to the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap over the main track on March 3.

"We'll try to get a prep into him either on the turf or dirt in February," said Pitts. "Right now we just want to test him on dirt again and see how he does against top competition. If things don't work out we can always go back to the grass."

The Gulfstream Park Handicap is also the target for 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil.

Americanrevolution on the rise

Trainer Bill White is starting to get excited over his latest star, Americanrevolution, who defeated a good group of second-level allowance horses on Wednesday for his third straight win. Among those he defeated were the graded stakes-placed Great Point and King of Jazz, the Dutrow-trained 2005 Queen's Plate runner-up.

"Once you get to a second-level allowance condition it's time to step up to the plate and you start to find out if you've got a horse with a future or not," White said. "And the way he ran suggests that he continues to move forward, and at the moment I'm optimistic he might turn out to be a stakes-caliber horse."

Americanrevolution has won all three races during his streak from on the lead, and White knows at some point he's going to have to prove he can handle early pace pressure.

"As he continues to run against better we know he's not going to go unchallenged, and the real test will come when he's hooked coming into the stretch," White said. "Then we'll find out what he's all about."

White, a 13-time Calder training champion, was still talking about one title he didn't win when he was edged out on the final day of the 2006-07 Tropical at Calder meet by Kirk Ziadie.

"That was a pretty exciting race," said White. "Coming into the final day I pulled out all the stops trailing by two, won three races on the card, and still lost out because Kirk won with both horses he started that day. And to make things worse, I finished second in both those races. In fact, I consider Kirk winning with over 50 percent of his starters at a meet as competitive as Tropical as an achievement of a lifetime."

Americanrevolution was the second of three wins in a row here for White, who also won Wednesday's seventh race with Miner's Bid and Thursday's fourth with British Attitude.

Panamanian jockey wins first

Jockey Jordano Tunon registered the first winner of his U.S. riding career when he guiding Calason to an easy victory for trainer Herbert Miller in Wednesday's second race.

"It was a great thrill for me winning my first race in the U.S. at a racetrack like Gulfstream Park and against some of the best riders in the world," said Tunon, 17, who said he won 150 races in his native Panama prior to coming to this country last summer.