07/17/2001 12:00AM

On the Game's sizzling debut has Silvera thinking Spa

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Laurie Silvera unveiled a serious prospect last week named On the Game, a 3-year-old colt by Prospect Bay.

On the Game came from just off the pace to win his debut Thursday in a six-furlong maiden special weight dash by 5 1/4 lengths. His time of 1:10.60 was good for a Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

Silvera said On the Game would have been ready to run earlier had he not torn off part of his foot during the winter when he was training at the Classic Mile Training Center in Florida.

"He was on the shelf for two months," said Silvera. "He only started galloping again five weeks ago. I knew this horse was a monster, even from last year. He didn't run at 2 because he had recurring sore shins which refused to go away."

Silvera said he plans on running On the Game back in an entry-level allowance. "If he continues to impress, I might take him to Saratoga," he added.

One Way Love, Certainly Classic work

One Way Love, who is slated to make his seasonal bow in Saturday's $100,000 Bold Venture Handicap, breezed three furlongs in 35 seconds here Tuesday morning. Exercise rider Newman Katryan was aboard for the drill, which came over a sloppy main track.

"He worked really good; I'm very happy with him," said trainer Abraham Katryan, who sent out One Way Love to win six stakes and Sovereign Awards as top older male and top sprinter for owners Bruno Schickedanz and John Hillier last year.

Certainly Classic had his final tune-up for Sunday's $250,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, breezing five furlongs in 1:03 under exercise rider Ramon Dominguez.

"He was out in 1:15 and change and pulled up in 1:30," said Dave Cotey, who trains Certainly Classic and is a co-owner along with Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith.

Certainly Classic is to be ridden by the visiting Douglas Whyte, Hong Kong's reigning champion jockey. As of Tuesday, the other confirmed candidates and riding assignments for the Grade 2 Hong Kong Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, were Quiet Resolve, Todd Kabel; Kimberlite Pipe, Patrick Husbands; Muntej, Robert Landry; River Boat, Mickey Walls; Allende, Na Somsanith; and Glyndebourne, Christophe Soumillon.

Grampas, who had been slated to check in from England on Tuesday, will not be making the trip. A special quarantine stall had been set up in the sales pavilion to accommodate him.

Emirates Challenge online

The Emirates World Series Fantasy Challenge, an internet-based game revolving around the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, was launched Tuesday.

Woodbine Entertainment Group, in conjunction with the EWSRC, is running the challenge, in which contestants build a stable to try and earn points in the 12 series races. The grand prize is a five-night stay at the all-suite Burj Al Arab in Dubai and $1,500 (U.S.) in cash. Second and third prizes will be announced. There will also be a prize awarded to the leader after each race.

Darryl Kaplan, coordinator of WEG's media communications department, said the challenge is designed to help create an awareness of the series.

"The goal is to let people know that there's a connection between the races," Kaplan said. "The idea is to try and draw people from all around the world into the competition."

Since the first leg of the series, the March 24 Dubai World Cup, has already been run, all contestants will be credited with the first two finishers (Captain Steve and To the Victory), the winning jockey (Jerry Bailey), and the winning trainer (Bob Baffert).

Contestants must select two horses, one trainer, and one jockey before each remaining leg of the series. Points will be awarded each time any of those choices place in the top six.

The next race in the series is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes July 28. It will be followed by the Arlington Million on Aug. 18; the Grosser Preis von Baden on Sept. 2; the Irish Champion Stakes on Sept. 8; the Canadian International on Sept. 30; the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 7; the Breeders' Cup Turf and Classic Oct. 27; the Cox Plate Oct. 27; the Japan Cup Nov. 25; and the Hong Kong Cup Dec. 16.

Players must register online - registration began Wednesday - at www.racingseries.com, and will be notified by e-mail when the next race is coming and that they need to choose additions to their stable.

Think Red in the pink

Think Red, the 2000 Toronto Cup Handicap winner, is on the comeback trail after suffering an injury last year. A 4-year-old owned by Sam-Son Farm, Think Red has been absent since he finished sixth in the Grade 1 Atto Mile Sept. 10.

"He had a fracture in his sesamoid bone," said Hugh Chatman, assistant to trainer Mark Frostad. "He's coming along very nicely. He's going in the right direction."

Prory, A Genuine Honour to clash

Prory and A Genuine Honour head an eight-horse field in Thursday's headliner, a $62,500 optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up.

Prory has won three races at this level in just five starts this year, while A Genuine Honour is coming off a second-place finish in the restricted Overskate Stakes.

Completing the field for the 1 1/16-mile event are Bold n' Fancy, Dahl's Bold One, Wild Current, Slewhome, Gallop'n Gold, and Classic Result.

* Jockey Gary Boulanger will be returning to action Saturday after sitting out a three-day suspension. The stewards ruled the jockey had gone to the outside with his mount, Cassia, and interfered with horses in the eighth race here last Friday. Cassia finished fourth but was disqualified and placed last in the field of seven.

- additional reporting by Bill Tallon