10/11/2004 12:00AM

Great Auntee stuck in fourth


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Eurico Rosa da Silva has become a fan favorite at Woodbine in his first year as a member of the jockey colony. A native of Brazil, Rosa da Silva is known for his jubilant celebrations at the end of his winning races, including a $10,000 claimer last Wednesday night in which he gave a rousing ride to his pick-up mount, Slews Child.

In this Wednesday's allowance feature for fillies and mares, Rosa da Silva will ride Great Auntee, who has finished fourth in three consecutive allowances.

Great Auntee was only beaten 1 1/4 lengths two starts back going six furlongs, the distance of Wednesday's race. Most recently at seven furlongs, she tried to mount a wide rally but came up about three lengths short of victorious Tower of Honor, leaving nine rivals in her wake.

Great Auntee is trained by Earl Barnett, who teamed up with Rosa da Silva to capture Sunday's Belle Geste Stakes with Mona Rose.

Backfield N Motion, Olanda, Sirona Gold, and Holy Spark are other possibilities in the feature.

Backfield N Motion has made just one start, but it was a good one. Over a sloppy track that favored speed on May 2, she was a front-running winner of a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special, while beating future stakes performer Search the Church. Her time of 1:04.80 was good for an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

Backfield N Motion has waited until football season to reappear, and has been working bullets for trainer Bob Tiller, who has good stats with similar comebackers.

Though she has a dirt pedigree, Olanda is trying the main track for the first time. Trained by Roger Attfield, Olanda ran second in her debut, before winning with an 80 Beyer in a seven-furlong maiden special Sept. 30. Slade Callaghan, sixth in the rider standings, retains the mount.

Sirona Gold won back-to-back middle claimers in the summer. She suffered a heartbreaking loss in a preliminary allowance a month ago, when she came up a neck short of the front-running winner.

Dino Luciani will ride Sirona Gold for trainer Ross Armata, who has been scoring at a 27 percent clip with short-term layoff types.

Holy Spark is the wild card in her local debut. Trained by Danny Vella for Stronach Stable, Holy Spark hasn't hit the board in four starts since romping in her debut on the main track at Gulfstream in the spring of 2003. Her lone start this year came on the grass at Gulfstream, where she finished seventh after a troubled start.