09/18/2001 11:00PM

Dancethruthedawn shelved


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dancethruthedawn, who in June became only the fourth filly ever to win both the Canadian Oaks and Queen's Plate, will not run again this season.

"She's had a hard campaign, and she's run well," said trainer Mark Frostad, who earlier had mentioned Dancethruthedawn as a possible entrant in the Oct. 6 Cotillion at Philadelphia Park.

"It's like she's over the top, a little bit. We're just backing off, giving her some easy time. She'll come back next year. We're in no hurry."

Dancethruthedawn, owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, won the Princess Elizabeth here last fall and kicked off her 3-year-old campaign with an impressive allowance victory at Keeneland.

After running a troubled 12th in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, Dancethruthedawn returned to her Canadian homeland and won the 1 1/8-mile Canadian Oaks and 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate at Woodbine in a span of just over two weeks.

Queen's Plate runner-up Win City then turned the tables in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, leaving Dancethruthedawn in second place. And, in what will stand as her final start of the year, Dancethruthedawn finished a well-beaten fourth in Saratoga's Grade 1 Alabama, which was on by Flute.

Frostad said Dancethruthedawn probably would be sent with assistant trainer Hugh Chatman to Keeneland next month, where she would remain in light training before moving to Sam-Son's winter base in Florida.

In the meantime, Dancethru-thedawn, who earned $1,045,039 this season, is certain to be honored as Canada's top 3-year-old filly at the Sovereign Award ceremony at the downtown Toronto Four Seasons Hotel on Dec. 14.

Dixieland Diamond back in training

Dixieland Diamond, who was the early favorite for the 1999 Queen's Plate but fractured a leg while training in New Orleans that spring, is on the comeback trail again here at Woodbine.

Winner of the Cup and Saucer and Coronation Futurity here as a 2-year-old for Sam-Son and Frostad, Dixieland Diamond, now 5, made his first start in 16 months at Fair Grounds in March but then returned to the sidelines until starting up again here this summer.

"He's training well," said Frostad, noting that Dixieland Diamond breezed five furlongs in 59.20 seconds here on Sunday.

Sam-Son notables on comeback trail

Two other Sam-Son comebackers on the work tabs Sunday were Sky Alliance, a 3-year-old filly owned in partnership with Suvretta Stable and Ken Harrigan, and Full of Wonder, a homebred 3-year-old who was a Queen's Plate candidate before running into physical problems at Fair Grounds.

Sky Alliance showed much promise while concentrating on turf racing in her first campaign, winning the Natalma and defeating males in the Cup and Saucer, but has not seen action since last Oct. 1.

"She had a stress fracture behind," said Frostad. "It's just been a while getting her back. She's coming along pretty well now."

Sky Alliance, by Sky Classic, worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 on the training track turf course here last Sunday.

Full of Wonder, by Mr. Prospector out of Classy'n Smart, ran twice over 1 1/16 miles in New Orleans, finishing second on the latter occasion.

"He had a chip removed from his knee this spring," said Frostad. "He's probably a little bit further away than the other two."

Full of Wonder worked four furlongs in 51.20 seconds on the main track here Sunday.

Stronach has strong entry

Stronach Stables, Woodbine's hottest owner, will run the strong entry of Silver Spear and Wild Bandit in Thursday's featured eighth race, an $80,000 optional claimer on the grass.

Silver Spear, long well-regarded by trainer Malcolm Pierce, comes off a frustrating fifth- place finish in the Grade 3 Play the King Handicap. He rallied wide from off a slow pace in that seven-furlong dash, and surged late to be beaten by only 2 1/4 lengths after being blocked early in the stretch.

Wild Bandit was fourth after running wide throughout in a recent $100,000 claimer for 3-year-olds, and should appreciate stretching out from seven furlongs to a mile in this spot. Tino Attard trains.

Todd Kabel was named on both halves of the entry at the draw.

Rounding out the field are Rare Sortof Devil, Miller's Mark, Alea Iacta Est, Apalachian Chief, and Ocean Front.

- additional reporting

by Ron Gierkink