07/26/2007 12:00AM

Much to ponder in tiara finale

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Questions abound regarding the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian triple tiara series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Saturday.

Will turf expert Street Sounds be able to stay the 1 1/4-mile distance? How will Woodbine Oaks winner Sealy Hill fare on the grass? Does the unbeaten Sans Souci Island belong in stakes company?

Street Sounds is based at Fair Hill in Maryland with trainer Michael Matz, and has won two turf stakes. She made her last two starts at Woodbine on the Polytrack under Ramon Dominguez, finishing third in the Woodbine Oaks and then winning the second leg of the triple tiara, the Bison City Stakes, by disqualification.

Matz believes that Street Sounds has a realistic chance of staying the distance.

"I think a mile and a sixteenth or a mile and an eighth is probably her best distance," he said. "I don't think she can go as far on Poly as she can on turf. Ramon thinks that she's better on turf."

Matz is satisfied with Street Sounds, a half-sister to the 2005 Wonder Where winner, Silver Highlight.

"She's kept her weight," said Matz. "She had an easy work the other day, and she [trains] cross-country out at the back of Fair Hill. She's very easy on herself."

Sealy Hill won the Oaks convincingly with a 94 Beyer Speed Figure. She finished first in the Bison City with a 92 Beyer, but was placed third by the stewards after drifting into the path of Quiet Jungle in the stretch. That disqualification is under appeal.

Trainer Mark Casse said Sealy Hill, a daughter of Point Given, should handle the grass, a surface she has yet to compete on.

"She's trained well over the turf," Casse said. "Before I ran her last year, she outworked Quiet Action and Sprung on it. The Point Givens have run quite well on the turf. I think she's trained better for this race than she did for the Oaks or the Bison City."

Sans Souci Island won both of her starts at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, with Richard Dos Ramos riding for trainer Roger Attfield. She won a maiden special May 30, and is coming off a daylight victory in a first-level allowance.

"She's done everything that we've asked her to do," said Dos Ramos. "I'm not scared of the distance at all. I think she'll be fine going that far. She just has to learn to relax a little more, but that will come with racing."