07/11/2001 11:00PM

After blowout, Meadow Gem will try stakes races


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - In three starts, Meadow Gem hasn't made a wrong move.

The 3-year-old filly, who was a 10 1/2-length winner over older rivals here Wednesday night, has been judged ready to test stakes waters in the seven-furlong Duchess here Aug. 11.

"She's a good filly, and she acts like she'll go a little further," said Bob Tiller, co-owner and trainer of Meadow Gem, a Florida-bred who was an $82,000 yearling purchase.

Meadow Gem has won her three starts, the first over five furlongs and the last two at six furlongs, by a combined 18 1/4 lengths with ascending Beyer Speed Figures of 92, 96, and 98.

Wednesday, Meadow Gem was kept under wraps throughout by regular rider David Clark and widened through the stretch despite running on the wrong lead.

"David was impressed with how she relaxed early," said Tiller. "And she came home her last quarter in very respectable time, on that track.

"She's still learning. She doesn't necessarily have to be on the lead, in my opinion. If somebody wants to outrun her, good luck to them."

Meadow Gem is one of three crack 3-year-old fillies in the Tiller barn, along with Madame Red and Highland Mood.

Madame Red has won twice and was beaten a head as the runner-up in her other start this year, all under allowance terms. Owned by Norseman Racing Stable, she also is slated for the Duchess.

Highland Mood is undefeated in three starts and became a stakes winner last time out in the Ontario Damsel. Owned by the Hali and Norseman Stables, she should be a solid choice in Wednesday's Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Special place for Grampas

Grampas, due in Monday from England for the July 22 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, will be housed in a special quarantine stall here.

"We can't use the Standardbred paddock, which we used for the European horses last fall, because we're racing Standardbreds right now," said John Whitson, vice president, Thoroughbred racing, for the Woodbine Entertainment Group. "So we're putting a stall in the walking ring in the sales arena."

Grampas won his maiden over 1 1/8 miles at Newbury in England last year and recorded his second success from five career starts when making his seasonal bow in the 1 1/4-mile Ladbroke Handicap at Ascot June 23.

A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old by El Gran Senor out of the Sunny's Halo mare, Let There Be Light, Grampas is owned by Oak Cliff Stable and has been with trainer John Gosden.

Glyndebourne and Trailthefox

Also expected in for the Grade 2 Hong Kong Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race worth $250,000, is Glyndebourne, who raced in Ireland and Hong Kong before coming to trainer Patrick Biancone in California this spring.

A 4-year-old colt by Sadler's Wells, Glyndebourne finished a distant second to Sinndar in last year's Group 1 Irish Derby and also was the runner-up in the Group 3 Centenary Vase at Sha Tin this winter.

But in his only North American outing, Glyndebourne finished last of seven in the Grade 2 American over 1 1/8 miles of turf at Hollywood Park July 4.

Slated to accompany Glyndebourne on his trip east is Trailthefox, whose target is next Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture Handicap.

A 3-year-old son of Foxtrail, Trailthefox is California-bred but Ontario-sired and shipped to Woodbine last year to take the restricted Bull Page after being claimed for $50,000 in his previous outing.

Trailthefox went on to win the one-mile Arlington-Washington Futurity last September and the 6 1/2-furlong Zany Tactics at Santa Anita this April. The colt faltered to finish fifth in his last start, the seven-furlong Laz Barrera at Hollywood May 28.

Good work for Prime Timber

Prime Timber, trained by Mark Casse for Dick Simon's Sez Who Racing, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 under jockey Patrick Husbands here Thursday and could make his first start of the season in the $100,000 Bold Venture.

"He worked really well," said Casse. "I wanted to go ahead and test him, in case I decided to run him in the stake."

Prime Timber, who finished fourth in the 1999 Kentucky Derby, was purchased privately as a stallion prospect this winter but has remained in training. He was in the entries here June 30 but was scratched after rapping himself on an ankle during a schooling session.

Californian in Colin

A California shipper is on the scene for Sunday's feature, the six-furlong Colin Stakes.

Square Cut Diamond, owned by S.J.B. Jr. Stable, won his maiden second time out over two furlongs at Santa Anita and then finished third in two stakes at Hollywood Park for trainer Craig Stephen.

A Maryland-bred 2-year-old colt by Allen's Prospect, Square Cut Diamond arrived here Wednesday and will be saddled by Norm McKnight for the Colin.

Landry returns Saturday

Robert Landry, who has not ridden since finishing eighth aboard Millennium Allstar in the June 24 Queen's Plate, is slated to return to action with a pair of mounts Saturday.

"I've been getting on horses the last three days," said Landry. "Everything feels good; we're ready to go."

Landry cracked his collarbone and badly bruised his elbow in a spill here June 15; the Plate has been his only ride in the interim.

"I did come back a little quick, to make the Plate," he said. "I felt good and everything, but it was modern medicine that got me there.

"I needed to take the proper amount of time, after the fact."