11/20/2004 12:00AM

High Fly makes it look easy

Jim Lisa
High Fly, trained by Bill White, scores a solid three-length victory in Saturday's first-level allowance at Calder.

MIAMI - Trainer Bill White walked out of the winner's circle following High Fly's easy first-level allowance victory in Saturday's opening race and let out a sigh of relief.

"I was really feeling the pressure for this one," said White. "He was so impressive and there was so much hullabaloo after he won his first start that I felt like I was saddling a favorite in a stakes race today."

High Fly turned in one of the most impressive 2-year-old maiden wins seen here in some time when he launched his career with a 9 1/4-length victory on Oct. 9. The performance earned High Fly, a son of Atticus, a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

He didn't have to work much harder as the 1-10 favorite on Saturday. After contesting the early pace with Dazzling Dr. Cevin, High Fly readily drew off through the stretch to a three-length victory, with jockey Eddie Castro never asking his horse to extend himself at any point in the race. High Fly covered the six furlongs in 1:11.01.

"It looked like he won pretty much under wraps," said White, who trains High Fly for his owner-breeder, Live Oak Stud. White said High Fly would be nominated to the Dec. 4 What a Pleasure Stakes, "although I'll have to see if I want to run him back that quick."

White said he is glad he has gotten to keep the horse for the winter.

"If he had broken his maiden a little earlier in the season, he probably would have been sent up to New York like several of the other good 2-year-olds I had here this summer," said White. "Fortunately the weather is turning colder and more unpredictable up north, and the better races are coming up down here pretty soon. Otherwise he'd have been out of here."

White said he and High Fly's owners have high hopes for the horse.

"I'm not real familiar with his pedigree. I'll have to get out my stallion register and see what horses by Atticus want to do," said White. "But you can harness this colt's speed and he gives me the impression he'll run all day. Hopefully he'll fall in the mix in the 3-year-old division this winter at Gulfstream."

White already has one key contender pointed for the 1 1/16-mile What a Pleasure, D'Courts Speed, who has not started since finishing second behind stablemate Cin Cin in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Oct. 2.

"The reason neither D'Courts Speed or High Fly have run in so long is that they are both Kentucky-breds, and with both the Festival of the Sun and Florida Million programs there have been no allowance races for winners that have filled since then," White said. "Basically they've both been put on ice for the last month and one half."

Silver Wagon progressing

Silver Wagon continues to train well for his return, working a half-mile in 48 and galloping out five-eighths in 1:00 for trainer Ralph Ziadie on Saturday.

The winner of last year's Grade 1 Hopeful, Silver Wagon has been sidelined since his third-place finish in Gulfstream's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes in February.

Pletcher cleans up

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out four of the 11 starters in Saturday's $40,000 Princess Mora Stakes and wound up taking home the major share of the purse after Honey Ryder, Path of Thunder and Krasnaya finished first, second, and fourth in the overnight stakes.

Honey Ryder rallied four wide leaving the final turn, then outkicked stablemate Path of Thunder by a neck to earn her first stakes victory. Spring Season, the 8-5 favorite, rallied near the inside to finish another head back in third. Pletcher's fourth starter, Beebe Lake, was beaten less than two lengths, finishing sixth.

Honey Ryder returned $14.40 to win and combined with the 9-1 Path of Thunder for a Pletcher stable perfecta that paid $133.40.