07/13/2006 11:00PM

Silver Highlight hits home


FORT ERIE, Ontario - With more than $300,000 in earnings, Silver Highlight owns the biggest bankroll in the field of six in the $75,000 Ernie Samuel Memorial, a supporting stakes to Fort Erie's feature attraction on Sunday, the $500,000 Prince of Wales.

Not a dime of Silver Highlight's money was earned at Fort Erie, which has been her home since last summer. The Ernie Samuel, for Canadian-bred fillies and mares and scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf, will be the first chance that Silver Highlight gets to shine before the local spectators.

After her short, winless, but promising British campaign, trainer Andrew Balding shipped the Canadian-bred Silver Highlight to Canada. She had been bought as a yearling at Saratoga in 2003.

In her first race in Canada, Silver Highlight won last year's $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine, the final leg of Canada's triple tiara. She has been housed in a Fort Erie barn under the care of trainer Edward Freeman, who played a part in her importation.

Silver Highlight has visited three tracks this year. She won an allowance race at Santa Anita by 3 1/4 lengths, ran second in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne, and then tallied in an optional claimer at Woodbine by 7 1/2 lengths.

Freeman calls the winner of the Sixty Sails, Fleet Indian, a "monster," and she got a Beyer of 112 for the race."

Silver Highlight lost by 12 1/2 lengths in the Sixty Sails but finished three lengths ahead of the third-place runner in the field of eight.

Freeman believes Silver Highlight is better on the dirt, even though her Wonder Where victory, which is her lone stakes score, came on the turf. Silver Highlight was fourth in her last start on grass, the Carotene Stakes at Woodbine last Oct. 8.

"I slightly worry about putting her back on the grass," said Freeman.

Riding Silver Highlight will be Emile Ramsammy, and it would be no surprise if he were to capture both stakes here on Sunday. He is the regular rider for Queen's Plate winner Edenwold, who is the morning-line favorite in the Prince of Wales.

"Emile and I have won many races together over the years," said Freeman.

The main obstacle for Silver Highlight is Sam-Son Farm's See the Wind, who is trained by Mark Frostad. The famed Canadian outfit has been slow out of the gate this year but came alive last weekend with Strike Softly, who carried the familiar red and gold silks to victory in the Ontario Damsel at Woodbine.

See the Wind has a win and a second in her two 2006 starts. Both were on the turf.

"She's been running well and deserves a shot at the race," said Frostad.

Todd Kabel, five times Canada's leading rider, will ride See the Wind.