07/07/2002 11:00PM

A polishing touch


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - T J's Lucky Moon was back in the spotlight here Monday, recording his first workout since his upset in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate on June 23.

And although he is unlikely to scare off much of the opposition for Fort Erie's July 21 Prince of Wales, the 1 3/16-mile race that is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, T J's Lucky Moon could prove his Plate win was no fluke.

"The horse worked awesome," said trainer Vito Armata, who watched T J's Lucky moon drill five furlongs in 59.20 seconds under his Plate pilot, Steven Bahen, on the fast training track. "That will be his final move, I think. He worked fast enough."

T J's Lucky Moon, owned and bred by Gino Molinaro, worked in company with stablemate Sonny's Top Gun, a speed-oriented 3-year-old who was clocked in 1:00.80.

"They tried to go together," said Armata, "but T J's Lucky Moon, you can't hold him on the ground right now, he's so good.

"I like what I see, even better than before. He's more mature; he's got confidence."

Classic Mike breezes

Classic Mike, who rapped himself on a tendon during his eighth-place finish as the second choice in the Plate, also was back on the work tab Monday, breezing six furlongs in 1:15.40 under jockey Emile Ramsammy on the fast main track.

"I'm happy," said Reade Baker, who trains Classic Mike for Dom Romeo, "but he needs to come back and work better next time for me to run" in the Wales.

Next Monday Baker plans to take Classic Mike for a day trip to Fort Erie, where he would work the horse and then school him in the paddock.

Questing Knight gallops

Questing Knight, who is slated to make his stakes debut in the $500,000 Prince of Wales, worked a mile in 1:39.80 under rider Jim McKnight on a fast training track here Sunday.

"He just kind of galloped along, real comfortable and easy," said trainer Mike DePaulo, who has sent out Questing Knight to win his last two starts for Overheath Stable.

Ross pair go together

Shaws Creek, a disappointing sixth in the Plate, and Mister Coop, an impressive allowance winner earlier on that same card, worked six furlongs in 1:14 on the fast training track here Saturday.

"They worked as a team," said John Ross, who trains Shaws Creek for Bud and Jackie Reynolds and Mister Coop for Syd and Richard Cooper. "You couldn't separate them."

David Clark was aboard Mister Coop, but Shaws Creek had a new partner in Constant Montpellier, who has the call for the Prince of Wales.

"Nobody knows Fort Erie better than Constant," said Ross, noting that Montpellier had been dominant at the border oval before moving to Woodbine. "That's got to give him a little bit of an edge."

Montpellier, who won last year's Wales aboard Win City, will be playing musical saddles with Jake Barton, who had been Shaws Creek's pilot.

Barton also had been the regular rider of Bravely and is back in that corner for the Wales. Bravely was to have been ridden by Montpellier for the first time in the Plate, but was scratched after coming up with a high white blood cell count.

"It wasn't anything bad," said Catherine Day-Phillips, who owns and trains Bravely. "It just wouldn't have been to his advantage to run him.

"He had four days off, and we've been monitoring his blood. He seems to be doing well."

Bravely worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 on the fast main track here Saturday in company with stablemate Heat It Up, a 5-year-old stakes-winning mare.

Ford Every Stream, fourth as the Plate favorite, also worked on the training track Saturday, going five furlongs in 1:00.20 in company with stablemate Lucky Scarab, an allowance-caliber 4-year-old.

Todd Kabel has been riding Ford Every Stream for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad but plans to be stay here July 21 to pilot Quiet Resolve in the $300,000 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes.

No showdown

The much-anticipated clash between Dancethruthedawn and Sweetest Thing failed to materialize in Saturday's Dance Smartly after Dancethruthedawn was withdrawn on the morning of the race.

Dancethruthedawn, the Sovereign Award-winning 3-year-old filly who would have been making her turf debut, instead will head for the Grade 1 Go for Wand, a $250,000, 1 1/8-mile race at Saratoga July 28.

Frostad said he had been "wrestling with the idea" of running Dancethruthedawn on Saturday, "but ultimately what it came down to was we can try her on turf any time - why do it now, and get things confused?

"She will adapt to the turf but she's pretty well committed to dirt racing, with the Breeders' Cup Distaff her ultimate goal."

Sweetest Thing shortens up and wins

Sweetest Thing, the Sovereign Award-winning turf female as a 3-year-old, held up her end of the bargain with a nose victory over Dancethruthedawn's stablemate, Mountain Angel.

Sweetest Thing, who was racing for the first time in the colors of Roy and Gretchen Jackson, had made her last six starts at 1 3/8 miles or 1 1/2 miles.

"She ran a gutsy race, to run like that, going a mile and an eighth, coming off all those distance races," said Roger Attfield, who had been a part-owner of Sweetest Thing and stayed on as her trainer.

Arlington's Grade 1 Beverly D., a 1 3/16-mile turf race Aug. 17, is a possible target for Sweetest Thing, whose main goal is the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf there Oct. 26.

The Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile turf race here Sept. 29, would serve as her final Breeders' Cup prep.

* Jockey Jim McAleney will be serving a one-day suspension Wednesday and has been fined $1,000. The stewards ruled McAleney had caused a welt and a cut on the right flank of his mount, Dublin Line, who won last Wednesday's eighth race.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting here Wednesday, beginning at 8 p.m. in the second-floor International Room.