07/04/2005 11:00PM

Locals outrun U.S. shippers in King Edward


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - American horses were expected to dominate last Sunday's $325,800 King Edward Breeders' Cup at Woodbine, following the lead of Wild Desert and King of Jazz here in the June 26 Queen's Plate.

Although the shippers took most of the public's support in the King Edward, they did not take home much of the purse, as the 5-2 Golden Commander ran fourth and the 4-5 Silver Tree ended last in the field of five.

That left Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad as the big winners in the King Edward, a 1 1/8-mile turf race.

Sam-Son's Silver Ticket, a 4-year-old gelding, collected $199,080 for his first-place finish, while stablemate Colorful Judgement, a 5-year-old gelding who ended just a head behind runner-up Mobil, earned $36,498.

"It was a small field, but it was pretty high quality," said Frostad. "I was impressed with Silver Ticket but I was really impressed with Colorful Judgement - I was just trying to get a race into him."

Colorful Judgement was making his first start since Feb. 26, when he finished seventh in the Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup over 1 1/8 miles of turf.

Silver Ticket was coming off a third-place finish here in the Connaught Cup, over 1 1/16 miles of turf May 29. His only previous stakes win, in last year's Toronto Cup, also came over 1 1/8 miles of turf.

Frostad said both Silver Ticket and Colorful Judgement would be nominated to the Grade 2, $300,000 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes, a 1 3/8-mile turf race here July 24.

"I always thought a mile and an eighth was his trip," said Frostad, of Silver Ticket. "The way he ran Sunday, I'm sure he would have gone farther. Having said that, a quarter of a mile's a lot longer."

Fifth Overture going strong

Fifth Overture became a stakes winner here in Sunday's supporting feature, the $109,000 Sweet Briar Too.

Trained by Eric Coatrieux, Fifth Overture had won her first local start of the season, a first-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs, in impressive fashion on May 28, and the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too was her second win in a row. Earlier in the year, Fifth Overture finished off the board in two starts at Gulfstream and one at Keeneland.

"Ever since she came back here, she has been great," said Coatrieux. "She's improving every time now."

Fifth Overture is stabled at nearby Chiefswood Farm, and Coatrieux said he believes she has benefited from getting back to the the farm setting. "She's calmer now than she ever was," said Coatrieux.

The next main-track sprint stakes for fillies and mares is the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway, a seven-furlong race here Sept. 10. Coatrieux also could consider trying Fifth Overture around two turns, but admits to some trepidation at that prospect.

"She's never been really good at that," he said.

Bosskiri needs more time off

The Seaway also could be the long-term stakes target of Bosskiri, who suffered her first defeat in her fifth start when she tried two turns for the first time in the June 12 Woodbine Oaks.

Trainer Reade Baker initially had planned to try Bosskiri on turf in Sunday's $150,000 Ontario Damsel, a 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, but the Oaks apparently took its toll.

"She was whacked out; flat as a pancake," said Baker. "She's just back in training now. She missed three weeks."

Baker won the Oaks with Gold Strike, who came back to finish third in the Queen's Plate. But Baker did not fare as well in Monday's second leg of Canada's triple tiara, the $250,000 Bison City at Fort Erie.

River Nore, who ran ninth in the Oaks, and Whiskey and Low, fourth there, finished fifth and sixth in the six-horse field in the Bison City, won by Oaks runner-up Ready and Alluring.

"River Nore came back good," said Baker. "Whiskey and Low came back with mucus."

Baker said River Nore's next stakes target would be the $125,000 Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here Aug. 31.

Whiskey and Low will be pointed for the July 31 Wonder Where, a $250,000 turf race over 1 1/4 miles here which is the final leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Multiple options for Palladio

Trainer Roger Attfield has plenty of options with Palladio, winner of last Saturday's $350,000 Ohio Derby under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos.

Palladio is nominated to two Grade 3 turf races on July 16, the 1 1/4-mile Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs and the 1 1/8-mile Toronto Cup here at Woodbine.

Palladio also could await the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, a 1 1/8-mile race at Saratoga on July 30, and has been invited to the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, a 1 1/8-mile race at Monmouth on Aug. 7.