07/20/2001 12:00AM

Filly goes for jewel two


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Dancethruthedawn will be in the spotlight here Sunday as she attempts to keep alive her Canadian Triple Crown bid in the $350,000 Prince of Wales Stakes.

A daughter of Dance Smartly, the only filly to win the Canadian Triple Crown, Dancethruthedawn is coming off a hard-fought half-length victory in Woodbine's June 24 Queen's Plate.

She faces not only a rematch with Plate runner-up Win City but also a serious new challenger in Wild Years, who is making his stakes debut after winning his maiden spectacularly at Belmont.

The field for the Prince of Wales, a 1 3/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, also includes Brushing Bully, Asia, and Thatsthebottomline, the respective third-, fourth-, and sixth-place finishers in the Plate.

Dancethruthedawn, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, entered the 1 1/4-mile Plate off a victory in the 1 1/8-mile Canadian Oaks at Woodbine on June 9.

In her only other outings this year, the filly won a seven-furlong allowance at Keeneland but then finished 12th after getting banged up while negotiating the first turn in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks.

Gary Boulanger, who has been Dancethruthedawn's rider since she returned to her home base, believes the filly will benefit from the four-week gap between the Plate and the Wales.

"She showed me in the Plate, with just 14 days between races, that she's got a tremendous amount of grit to her, and determination," said Boulanger.

"I think with her races more spaced out, she's going to have even more to offer. I think she's going to be an even stronger filly than she was in the Plate."

Win City, trained by Bob Tiller for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and the Estate of Frank DiGiulio, will be looking for revenge after seeing his three-race winning streak snapped as the odds-on choice in the Plate.

None of the Prince of Wales contestants has run at Fort Erie, but Win City's rider, Constant Montpellier, who began his career here and rode a record 142 winners at the 1993 meeting, believes his mount will relish the layout.

"I think Fort Erie will suit him a little better, with the longer stretch," said Montpellier.

The connections of both Dancethruthedawn and Win City have a healthy respect for Wild Years, who turned plenty of heads when he won by a whopping 22 1/4 lengths over 1 1/8 miles in his third career start June 29.

While he will be traveling around two turns for the first time and picking up nine pounds, Wild Years is a decided threat to go all the way from his inside post. It may be up to Brushing Bully, who ran on the pace in the Plate, to keep the invader honest.

"I'm sure that horse is going to show speed," said Boulanger, "and Brushing Bully's going to be right there beside him, if not just off him. But Dancethruthedawn's a good enough filly; she's going to have me in position right off the bat."

Montpellier views the Prince of Wales setup in a similar light.

"Hopefully, Brushing Bully and Wild Years kind of hook up somewhere," he said. "I don't think we'll be as far back this time, behind Dancethruthedawn."

Richard Migliore retains the mount on Wild Years, who is owned by Alnoff Stable and trained by Jim Bond, who is very high on the colt.

Brushing Bully, owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Tino Attard, was making his third start of the season in the Plate, and Attard believes the colt is getting better with each trip to the post.

Asia, a maiden after just four starts, had been away for seven weeks before her respectable effort in the Plate, and while it would be logical to expect improvement, she still looks to be in tough.

The same is true of Thatsthebottomline, who was considered to be a viable longshot in the Plate but failed to make much of an impact.

The $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile turf race at Woodbine on Aug. 11, concludes the Canadian Triple Crown. Dancethruthedawn would collect a $500,000 bonus if she is able to sweep the series.

Quiet Resolve goes for repeat

In Toronto, Quiet Resolve, Canada's reigning horse of the year, will try to win the Grade 2, $273,500 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes for the second straight year at Woodbine.

Six other older runners were entered in the 1 3/8-mile turf race, which is the highlight of Hong Kong Day at Woodbine.

Quiet Resolve, victorious by disqualification in the 1999 Atto Mile, was a narrowly beaten second at 42-1 in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Turf. He was fourth in each of his first two outings this year in Grade 2 stakes south of the border, and is coming off a daylight score here in the Grade 2 King Edward BC Handicap.

Trainer Mark Frostad believes Quiet Resolve is poised to fire his best shot in the Hong Kong.

"He's been training very well recently," said Frostad. "We've worked him three times since the King Edward - twice slowly, just to keep him sharp, and a little harder last time to get him ready."

Quiet Resolve, the 124-pound highweight, will go over the $2 million mark with a win Sunday. A 6-year-old gelding by Affirmed, he is owned by Sam-Son Farm.

-additional reporting by Ron Gierkink