06/19/2006 11:00PM

Only question is who will finish second


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Silver Highlight should be one of the shortest-priced favorites of the Woodbine meeting when she competes in Thursday's feature, a $62,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares.

Silver Highlight came here from England last summer and won her maiden in the Wonder Where Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian triple crown series for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. She was a disappointment in her next two outings, finishing second in an allowance and fourth in the Carotene Stakes.

Silver Highlight spent last winter in Southern California with trainer Edward Freeman, who sent her out to capture a first-level allowance at Santa Anita following a long layoff March 25. Silver Highlight has been freshened since finishing a distant second in the April 22 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne. The winner of that Grade 3 handicap, Fleet Indian, came right back to take the Obeah Handicap at Delaware Park, and the sixth-place finisher, Sunset Kisses, subsequently won a $100,000 optional claimer at Arlington.

Silver Highlight has been working on a regular basis at Fort Erie, and shouldn't even have to bring her "A" game in order to prevail over her vastly inferior opposition.

The race for second could be won by Honey Green, the probable pacemaker in the 1 1/16-mile contest.

Honey Green was claimed for $45,000 last July by trainer Scott Fairlie, who saddled her for a decisive victory over $50,000 claimers Sept. 1.

In her season opener, a $50,000 claimer that was taken off the grass, Honey Green set a slow pace and won under a hand ride from apprentice Michelle Rainford.

Trainer Bev Buck entered the uncoupled duo of Good as Gold and La Salle Glory.

Good as Gold won a weak allowance over a muddy track in her first appearance of the meeting, but she couldn't keep up in a subsequent $62,500 claiming race. Most recently, she wound up fourth on the grass.

La Salle Glory was a well-beaten fourth after bobbling at the break June 1 in a $100,000 optional claimer, which was scheduled for the grass but run over a main track labeled good.

Gold Khalifa rallied inside for a win over first-level allowance company going 1 1/16 miles Dec. 10. She hasn't been able to duplicate that effort in three starts this year.

Canadian Gem, a 4-year-old trained by Roger Attfield, missed her entire 3-year-old season and was off the board in both of her starts earlier this spring.