06/10/2001 11:00PM

Like mother, like daughter?


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dance Smartly was the last filly to capture the Queen's Plate, with that 1991 victory coming three weeks after her score in the Canadian Oaks.

Dancethruthedawn, a daughter of Dance Smartly, will be looking to duplicate that feat for owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm when she comes back on just two weeks' rest in the $1 million Queen's Plate here June 24. She also will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of her full brother Scatter the Gold, who won last year's Plate. The victory was the first of Scatter the Gold's career.

"We'll have to see how everything goes along, but it's looking good at this point," said trainer Mark Frostad, who sent out Dancethruthedawn for a victory here in last Saturday's 1 1/8-mile Labatt Woodbine Oaks, which is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.

Frostad noted that Dancethruthedawn ran the Oaks nearly as fast (1:51.74 to 1:51.67) as Dream Launcher ran the Victoria Park for 3-year-olds at the same distance earlier in the card.

"My only concern is she'd be coming back a little quick," said Frostad. "But she had a good break, five weeks, between the Kentucky Oaks and the Oaks here. If she's as fresh as I think, she'll be in good shape."

Dancethruthedawn would compete in the 1 1/4-mile Plate as part of an entry with Lucky Scarab, an up-and-coming type who won his maiden here last time out.

'Good effort' in defeat

Dancen in the Sun, who finished second in the Oaks, will proceed to the $250,000 Bison City, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, at Fort Erie July 1.

"It was a good effort," said David Bell, who trains Dancen in the Sun for Sandra and Gerry Gibbs. "We're very proud of her."

Penny Perfect, trained by Frostad and owned by Bob Anderson and Rod Ferguson, also is slated for the 1 1/16-mile Bison City after finishing fourth in the Oaks.

"She's just not seasoned enough," said Anderson, noting that Penny Perfect had not debuted until April 11 and was making just her fourth career appearance in the Oaks.

Another Sam-Son win

Quiet Resolve, Canada's horse of the year last year, completed the big weekend for his owner, Sam-Son, by capturing the King Edward Breeders' Cup here Sunday.

The next race for the male turf division here, the Grade 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, will not be run until July 22.

"That's where we're going to go, I would think," said Frostad, who trains Quiet Resolve.

The $250,000 Hong Kong Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, again will take place on the same day as the Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Erie.

Frostad was at Fort Erie when Scatter the Gold won last year's Wales after Quiet Resolve had prevailed in the Hong Kong Trophy.

Dream Launcher gets a rest

Dream Launcher was making his stakes debut for owner-trainer Audre Cappucciti in the Victoria Park. But being Kentucky-bred and therefore ineligible for the Plate, Dream Launcher's opportunities here are limited and Cappuccitti probably will be looking out of town for the gelding's next race.

"I really don't know where I'm going to go with him," she said. "I don't want to run him with older horses yet. One thing for sure is I'm going to give him a little break."

Dream Launcher was running back just eight days after romping in allowance company, and Cappuccitti had been approached about selling him prior to the Victoria Park.

"I really don't want to sell him," she said. "I try so hard to get runners."

Cappuccitti also could have a starter in the Plate, with the maiden Jimmy's Prize under consideration following a third-place finish behind Lucky Scarab in just his second start of the season.

"I just wish I had a couple more races under his belt," she said.

High Commissioner hurt

High Commissioner, third as the favorite in the Victoria Park, emerged with a condylar fracture of his left foreleg and has been sent to the veterinary clinic at Cornell University in New York.

"They're going to put two screws in there," said Jim Bond, who trains High Commissioner for Rudlein Stable and Bill Clifton. "The good Lord willing, he'll come back in about six months or so."

Bond, based at Saratoga, plans to send Alnoff Stable's Wild Years for the Plate. Wild Years is a maiden after two starts but has run second each time, at 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 miles.

No Plate for Legal Heir

Legal Heir, the fourth-place finisher in the Plate Trial, worked five furlongs in 58.20 seconds on the turf training track here Sunday morning and is off the Plate trail.

"We thought he'd like turf, and he worked very well," said trainer Steve Owens. "We're going to go a different way with him."

Owens still hopes to make the Plate with Highland Legacy, who was Canada's champion male 2-year-old but was a disappointing fifth in the Trial.

Both Highland Legacy and Legal Heir went to the farm for a respite following the June 2 Trial.

"They were turned out together for five days," said Owens. "They had a little freshening. Hopefully, it will pick their heads up."

* Win City, who will be seeking his fourth straight stakes score in the Plate, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 under regular rider Constant Montpellier here Monday morning. "The track was sloppy, but we decided to work him," said trainer Bob Tiller. "He worked absolutely perfect, and came back absolutely perfect."