12/03/2004 12:00AM

Silver Impulse building up to breakout race

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sunday's $163,350 Ontario Lassie Stakes could be the coming-out party for Silver Impulse, one of the best claims made at Woodbine this year.

Silver Impulse was snatched up for $62,500 by trainer Stanley Baresich off a third-place finish in her July 2 debut. She subsequently hit the board in a pair of maiden-special-weight dashes before running third in the seven-furlong Muskoka Stakes.

Silver Impulse won her maiden by five lengths over the well-regarded Smartest Thing in a seven-furlong maiden special Oct. 2, for which she received a 77 Beyer Figure. A month ago, Silver Impulse cut back to six furlongs in the Fanfreluche Stakes and was a fast-closing second to favored Simply Lovely.

Baresich said he felt that shortening up Silver Impulse in distance for the Fanfreluche would cramp her style, but he was pleased with the result.

"She just ran out of real estate," he said.

The Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile event for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, will be the first start around two turns for Silver Impulse. Baresich said he believes a route of ground won't be a problem for Silver Impulse, who is a daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm.

"I think she'll benefit going long," Baresich said. "I've been waiting to go around two turns with her, but I haven't had the opportunity yet. She's been training just the way I want. She's a very fit horse, so I didn't really set her down for this race. She worked [five furlongs] a few days ago in 1:03, which was a sufficient move for her. She's had six races this year."

Baresich pointed out the versatility of Silver Impulse's running style.

"She's very smart out of the gate, and you can place her wherever you want," he said. "She doesn't have to be in any specific spot. It depends on how the race develops."

Archie's Gal is coming off a runner-up finish traveling 1 1/16 miles in the slow South Ocean, an Ontario-sired stakes.

Trainer Mike DePaulo said he felt Archie's Gal turned in a spotty run in the South Ocean while stalking the pace along the rail.

"She was a little sharper than I would have liked her to be, and was kind of green," DePaulo said. "She lost some ground around the [far] turn, and then came back on."

Time Saver earned a 71 Beyer going seven furlongs in her allowance score over a sloppy track last Sunday. She is one of several front-runners in the field, along with New York invader Coded Princess and La Gran Domenique.