07/05/2001 11:00PM

Plate stars back on track


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dancethruthedawn and Win City, one-two finishers here in the June 24 Queen's Plate, both took their first serious steps toward the Prince of Wales Stakes with five-furlong breezes here Friday morning.

Dancethruthedawn, with exercise rider Hugh Chatman in the irons, went in 1:00.40 on the training track. Win City, under regular rider Constant Montpellier, was timed in 1:01.20 on the main track. Both surfaces were listed as fast.

The $350,000 Prince of Wales will be run at 1 3/16 miles at Fort Erie July 22.

Dancethruthedawn, the Sam-Son Farm filly who registered a mild upset over the gelding Win City in the 1 1/4-mile Plate, would collect a $500,000 bonus if able to complete a Canadian Triple Crown sweep with wins in the Prince of Wales and the $500,000 Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race at Woodbine Aug. 11.

"She went fine," said Mark Frostad, who trains Dancethruthedawn for the powerful Sam-Son Farm.

Bob Tiller, who trains Win City for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and the Estate of Frank DiGiulio, also was happy with his horse's first post-Plate workout.

"This horse hasn't missed a beat and, touch wood, he's sound and he's happy," said Tiller. "We're pretty lucky to be in that position."

Others probable for the Prince of Wales are Brushing Bully and Thatsthebottomline, who finished third and sixth, respectively, in the Plate, and New York-based Wild Years, who won his maiden in very impressive front-running fashion over 1 1/8 miles at Belmont June 29.

Expected Hour drills for Colin

Expected Hour prepped on the main track here Friday with an eye towards next Sunday's $100,000, six-furlong Colin Stakes.

A Florida-bred 2-year-old trained by Mark Casse, Expected Hour was a winner first crack out here in the five-furlong Victoria June 16.

Patrick Husbands, who rode Expected Hour that day, was aboard Friday, when the colt drilled six furlongs in 1:13.60 while easily out-performing his workmate, the allowance-caliber filly Mines in Gear.

"He worked tremendous," said Casse. "I was really impressed with him."

Casse also may enter Jealous Forum, a Florida-bred filly who has won both of her starts, including the five-furlong My Dear here June 23, in the Colin.

"If something were to happen, and Expected Hour was under the weather, she could run," said the trainer.

Shaws Creek to bypass Colin

Shaws Creek, who scored his second win in two starts, taking the

5 1/2-furlong Clarendon here last Saturday, also is nominated to the Colin but is not scheduled to participate.

"He probably won't run, but you can never say never," said John Ross, who trains Shaws Creek for the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds. "He's really doing good, but the main race I want is the Vandal."

The $135,000 Vandal, a six-furlong race for Canadian-breds, will be run here Aug. 19.

Shaws Creek won his maiden at 5 1/2 furlongs six days before the Clarendon.

"There was a lot of focus on how close I ran him back," said Ross. "I put myself in a situation - unless I won, I was in big trouble.

"I'd kept it in the back of my mind, the way he responded, ate, and acted all last week, and I felt okay about him to go ahead.

"When you take a 2-year-old like that, go down to Florida and train him all along, you've got a lot of bottom."

Strut the Stage topweight in Cup

Strut the Stage, convincing winner of the Charlie Barley Handicap for Sam-Son and Frostad here June 24, worked five furlongs in 1:01 under regular rider Todd Kabel on a firm turf training track here Friday.

A Kentucky-bred, Strut the Stage will carry topweight of 122 pounds in Saturday's Grade 3 Toronto Cup,

a 1 1/8-mile turf handicap for 3-year-olds for a purse of $125,000.

Legal Heir and Stage Classic, the 2-3 finishers in the Charlie Barley, also are expected back for the Toronto Cup.

Mysterious Affair goes on shelf

Mysterious Affair, who had loomed the filly to beat in Tuesday's $100,000 Rainbow Connection at Fort Erie, will not be in the race.

"She's not 100 percent," said Mort Hardy, owner, trainer, and breeder of Mysterious Affair. "I'm going to freshen her up until the fall."

Mysterious Affair, a 4-year-old, is a winner of four of five starts, including three stakes here this year.

- Jockeys Gary Boulanger and Jono Jones both have appealed suspensions that were scheduled to begin Sunday.