07/22/2005 11:00PM

Pampered Princess, Silver Wagon to ship out soon


MIAMI - As is often the case around these parts during a summer racing season that seems to drag on endlessly, many of the better horses on the grounds head north for greener pastures, with the bulk of the stakes schedule at Calder geared toward 2-year-olds in the fall.

Among the local stars looking elsewhere for racing opportunities in August are Pampered Princess and Silver Wagon, the undisputed leaders of their respective divisions.

Pampered Princess, the queen of the older filly and mare handicap division despite her recent setback as a 1-9 favorite in the Nancy's Glitter Handicap, will make her next start at Ellis Park in the $150,000 Gardenia Handicap on Aug. 20.

Trainer Marty Wolfson had hoped to avoid shipping Pampered Princess this summer but saw the writing on the wall after the mare had to tote 126 pounds and concede up to 14 in the Nancy's Glitter. In addition, the Kentucky-bred Pampered Princess, who was multiple graded-stakes-placed last winter at Gulfstream, is not eligible for the entire purse in stakes such as the Nancy's Glitter, which was enhanced by a major contribution from the Florida Owners and Breeders Association.

Wolfson said he plans to train Pampered Princess at Calder and ship to Kentucky three or four days before the Grade 3 Gardenia.

Silver Wagon, the most accomplished handicap performer stabled locally, is bound for Saratoga, where his major goal will be the Grade 1 Forego Handicap on Sept. 3. Silver Wagon scored the most important victory of his career at Saratoga when he captured the Grade 1 Hopeful as a 2-year-old during the summer of 2003.

Silver Wagon has been recuperating from a foot bruise that forced him to miss the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap on July 10. He has not started since finishing second behind reigning Horse of the Year Ghostzapper in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on May 30.

Ralph Ziadie was allotted nine stalls at Saratoga, which he plans to fill with some of his better 2-year-olds - the majority of whom, like Silver Wagon, are owned by Buckram Oak Farm.

Running Lass takes turf dash

Running Lass took to the turf and used her high speed to its best advantage en route to an easy 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $50,000 GTBOA Juvenile Filly Turf Dash. The restricted event for progeny of nominated stallions from Georgia was the first turf race for 2-year-olds carded here this season.

Running Lass is a daughter of Running Stag who is owned by her breeder, Michael Sherman, in partnership with William Condren. She cut out fractions of 21.68 seconds and 44.51 over the firm course before completing five furlongs in 56.76. She paid $4.80.

Time Banshee, who won her only previous start under a $50,000 claiming tag, finished a game second despite steadying sharply and losing good position into the far turn. She finished 3 1/4 lengths in front of Southern Fortune, who chased the winner from the outset.

"She's bred for the grass," trainer Angel Salinas said, "so I wasn't surprised that she took to it."