10/04/2005 11:00PM

Silver Highlight tries to match early feat

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Silver Highlight made a good first impression here July 31, winning the Wonder Where Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf for trainer Andrew Balding in her North American debut.

On Saturday, Silver Highlight looks to duplicate that success for her new trainer, Edward Freeman, in the $163,200 Carotene Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile race here for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

"She's doing very well," said Freeman, who had Silver Highlight shipped to his Fort Erie base the day after the Wonder Where. "She's very straightforward, and in very good order."

Silver Highlight was a maiden after five starts in England but had kept some salty company and found Canadian-bred fillies, along with the addition of Lasix, to be her keys to success in the Wonder Where.

In her first start for Freeman, a first-level allowance at 1 3/8 miles on grass here Sept. 23, Silver Highlight ran into the promising Irish-bred 4-year-old filly Stunning Rose and had to settle for second, beaten 5 1/4 lengths.

"A mile and three-eighths is too far for her anyway, which I knew," said Freeman. "I just wanted to get a race into her between the two stakes.

"I think 99 times out of 100 you'd have run into a field, even going a mile and three-eighths, where she would have won," he said. "We just ran into a good one. Time will tell how good she is, but she looked pretty awesome that day."

Owned by Stronach Stable and running in the name of New York-based trainer Bobby Frankel, Stunning Rose was winning for the second time in as many starts following an impressive debut on Sept. 3 at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Stunning Rose has been nominated to the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Oct. 23.

Two other imports aiming for Keeneland

Vanderlin and Santiago Star, another pair of English imports trained by Balding, have been under Freeman's care at Fort Erie for the past couple of weeks.

Vanderlin, a 6-year-old gelding who finished fourth in the Grade 1 Atto Mile here last time out, shipped out Thursday morning for Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

Santiago Star, a 2-year-old colt who won a first-level allowance at one mile on turf here Oct. 2, could make his next appearance in the $100,000 Bourbon County, a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Keeneland on Oct. 28.

Bear's Kid drills to prepare for Grey

Bear's Kid worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on the fast main track here Wednesday under regular rider Jim McAleney in preparation for Monday's Grade 3, $250,000 Grey Stakes. The drill was the fastest of 11 at the distance.

"He worked great," said Reade Baker, who trains the 2-year-old Bear's Kid for Danny Dion's Bear Stables. "We have high hopes."

Bear's Kid won the Grade 2 Summer Stakes, a one-mile turf race, in his last start. The Grey is a 1 1/16-mile race on the main track.

Edenwold, also nominated for the Grey, worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on the main track under regular partner David Clark.

"We haven't made any firm commitment," said trainer Josie Carroll. "There are a lot of races coming up."

Edenwold also is eligible for the Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race here Oct. 16, and the Coronation Futurity, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track here Nov. 6. Both the Cup and Saucer and Coronation are $250,000 races for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

Shadow Rush works toward Cup and Saucer

Shadow Rush worked six furlongs on the training track turf course here Wednesday in preparation for the Cup and Saucer. Going in company, Shadow Rush was clocked in 1:16.

"The dogs were way out," said Roger Attfield, who trains Shadow Rush and is a co-owner along with Bill Werner. "It looked like he worked well enough."

Shadow Rush is a maiden after two starts and finished fourth at one mile in his turf debut here last time out.

Attfield also sent out Honolua Storm to breeze five furlongs in 59.20 under assistant trainer Rachel Halden on a fast training track. The work was by far the quickest of 14 at the distance.

"He worked exceptionally well," said Attfield, who is pointing Honolua Storm for next Saturday's Grade 3 Durham Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

April 1 start requested for 2006

Woodbine has requested an April 1 start for its 2006 meeting in its annual dates submission to the Ontario Racing Commission. The proposed 168-day session would run through Dec. 3.

"We had some meetings with the horsemen and, pending official approval, that's the plan right now," said Tom Cosgrove, Woodbine's director of Thoroughbred racing.

Cosgrove added that the backstretch would open Feb. 12 and the training track the following day, weather permitting.

This year's scheduled 167-day Woodbine meeting began on April 16 and is to wind up Dec. 11. The backstretch did not open until Feb. 28.

* Jim Mazur, Jim Bannon, and Peter Mallet will preview the Breeders' Cup here Saturday in a one-hour seminar beginning at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the grandstand.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its remaining meetings of the season here in the third-floor Champions, a new location for the gatherings. The next meeting is Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.