Updated on 09/17/2011 3:14PM

Grass is wild card for A Bit O'Gold

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A Bit O'Gold starts in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Accomplished turf specialist Silver Ticket will clash with Prince of Wales Stakes winner A Bit O'Gold at Woodbine on Sunday in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The 1 1/2-mile turf event for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds heads an 11-race card, which also includes two other stakes, the $131,750 Nandi and the $104,000 With Approval.

A Bit O'Gold was a hard-trying second in the first Triple Crown race, the $1 million Queen's Plate. He overhauled Plate winner Niigon in the final strides to capture the second leg, the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, earning an impressive 100 Beyer Figure for his efforts.

Niigon has bypassed the Breeders' in favor of Sunday's Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga.

With very little turf breeding, A Bit O'Gold will make his grass debut in the Breeders'. Trainer Catherine Day Phillips had him work out on the Woodbine turf course on Monday, where he went five furlongs in 1:04.60 around the dogs under jockey Jono Jones.

"He looked very smooth and comfortable on it," Day Phillips said. "It looked like a 1:02-type breeze - nothing fancy. Jono was happy with him. He's a beautiful horse to watch breeze, because he covers the ground so effortlessly."

Day Phillips said she wasn't concerned with the marathon distance of the Breeders'.

"A Bit O'Gold conserves himself when he has to," Day Phillips said. "Jono can place him where he wants, and he'll relax nicely. His ability to rate is probably his biggest strength, and that's the most important thing going a mile and a half."

Trainer Mark Frostad has entered four Sam-Son Farm runners - Silver Ticket, Burst of Fire, Rainbows for Luck, and Hunt the Rainbow.

Silver Ticket will likely cut out the pace. He faded badly after flashing speed in the 1 1/4-mile Plate, but is coming off a decisive score on turf in the nine-furlong Toronto Cup Handicap, in which he stalked front-running Bachelor Blues before blowing by him in the stretch.

"He ran an uncharacteristic race in the Toronto Cup," Frostad admitted. "He certainly rated, which was a bit of a surprise. I thought he'd be jumping right into the bit. I don't know if that's really him."

Regarding the Breeders', Frostad said: "He may just want to jump out and go, which is our biggest concern, because you can't fight him too much. Unless he does settle, he'll be the [pacemaker], but it would be nice if he had somebody to run at."

The last horse to lead all the way in the Breeders' was Peteski in 1993.

Frostad believes that Burst of Fire, who was third in the Toronto Cup, is ideally suited to the Breeders' distance.

"He's usually fairly close to the pace, but he doesn't have that kick at the end," Frostad said. "He just plods on at the same pace. He's really improved on the turf. He's been training great."

Rainbows for Luck, a son of Epsom Derby winner Benny the Dip, is exiting a third-place finish going about 1 1/2 miles in a turf allowance.

"He was beaten by two pretty nice older horses," Frostad said. "It was only his second start of the year, and he got a little tired. He's very rateable and has a good kick."

Hunt the Rainbow was third after running erratically in a July 24 maiden special. Frostad said he regretted putting blinkers on for that race, so the blinkers will come off Sunday.

Frostad believes all four horses belong in the race. "They're all legitimate, and they complement each other," he said.

Cavans Lane defeated Hunt the Rainbow when he graduated going about 1 1/2 miles on the grass July 24.

Lord Carmen, who won a $50,000 allowance/optional claimer on the grass June 30 at Arlington, was supplemented to the Breeders' for $15,000.