10/15/2004 12:00AM

History backs Go to the Sun


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sam-Son Farm has won the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes an astounding 13 times, including a streak of seven consecutive victories in the 1980's. Sam-Son will try for another Cup and Saucer triumph Saturday at Woodbine, when it runs Go to the Sun in the 1 1/16-mile turf event for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

Go to the Sun found his niche on the grass Sept. 4, winning a seven-furlong maiden special weight dash in quick time. He then tested a very strong field in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes and finished third behind Dubleo and Dance With Ravens, who subsequently took the Grade 2 Grey BC Stakes. Two other Summer contestants have come back to score, including Elusive Thunder, who won a stakes at The Meadowlands.

Todd Kabel will get a leg up from trainer Mark Frostad on Go to the Sun, a Gone West colt out of Grade 1 Spinster Stakes winner Wilderness Song.

Stag Nation, another contender, is 2 for 3 on the grass. He was fifth in the one-mile Summer after a troubled break hindered his chances, according to regular rider Robert Landry.

"He broke in a tangle," Landry said. "It was just a greenness thing. He made a good little run up to them, but it was a speed-conducive turf course that day, and that hurt his chances. He probably could have run a lot better with a little more luck.

"He's improved by leaps and bounds from his first start," he said. "He doesn't win by a whole lot, but he's learning every time."

Stag Nation was supplemented to the Cup and Saucer at a cost of $5,000 by trainer Danny Vella.

Slew's Saga, a Seattle Slew colt trained by Bob Tiller, won his maiden Sept. 19 in a mile-and-70-yard maiden special on the dirt, the surface over which he has made all four of his starts.

Tiller said he has few clues as to how Slew's Saga will handle the grass.

"He was supposed to work on the turf the other day, but unfortunately, he got loose," Tiller said. "We didn't get much of a line out of that. He went around there good, but without a rider. I'm not convinced that he's going to be a turf horse."

Nikey Missile, a maiden trained by Gil Rowntree, was also supplemented. He was second in each of his first two starts, but is coming off a dull effort on the grass.