07/01/2002 12:00AM

Silver Nithi turns tables on 'Ginger' in Bison City


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Silver Nithi, rallying smartly from just off the pace, ended the Canadian Triple Tiara bid of Ginger Gold with a three-quarter length victory in Monday's $250,000 Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie.

Silver Nithi, who had finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Labatt Woodbine Oaks on June 8, turned the tables on Ginger Gold in the 1 1/16-race Bison City, the second leg of the series for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Alpha Heat replicated her third place finish in the Oaks, finishing 4 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up. Bright Knight, fifth in the Oaks, ran fourth here.

Ginger Gold, who broke well and moved smoothly to the rail from post 6, set a seemingly reasonable pace as the 123-pound highweight but could not contain the late challenge of Silver Nithi.

Silver Nithi, who was clocked in 1:44.10 as the 118-pound second-highweight, is owned by Dick and Jo Ellen Shaw, trained by David Bell, and ridden by Mickey Walls.

"I thought she was improving," said Bell. "She ran a big race in the Oaks, and she ran a little green there. I thought she could have been closer.

Silver Nithi's dam, Nithi, won the 1997 Bison City for the same connections but suffered a fractured foot in the process and was retired.

Silver Nithi, who returned $7.30 as the second choice, keyed a $10.80 exactor with the 3-5 favorite Ginger Gold and a $31.40 triactor with 6-1 third choice Alpha Heat.

The $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race at Woodbine on Aug. 5, is the next logical target for Silver Nithi.

"She has some turf in her pedigree," said Bell, "and she looks like she'll run on."

* Callendars broke running and never looked back en route to a 1 3/4-length victory under jockey Frank Todd in the supporting feature, the $65,700 Centre Stage Anne. Callendars, a 3-year-old filly owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk and trained by Phil England, was clocked in 1:10.90 and returned $2.80. Ready I Am and Orientalspringhope finished second and third in the field of seven.