12/09/2003 1:00AM

Silver Wagon appears set for comeback


MIAMI - After watching Silver Wagon work five furlongs in 1:00.25 at Calder on Monday morning, trainer Ralph Ziadie said he is 85 to 90 percent certain his Grade 1 winner will make his two-turn debut in Saturday's $100,000 What a Pleasure Stakes.

Working in company with 3-year-old stablemate Troll, Silver Wagon was timed by Daily Racing Form in splits of 23.41 seconds, 35.41, and 47.22 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.91.

"I thought he worked okay," Ziadie said. "I'll wait and see how he comes out of it, talk to [owner Mahmoud] Fustok Tuesday night and then make a final decision on Wednesday morning. But right now I'd say he worked well enough to run."

Silver Wagon has not started since winning the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes on Aug. 30. The likely presence of Silver Wagon could lead to a small field for the 1 1/16-mile What a Pleasure, a race Ziadie won last year with Trust N Luck.

Entries for the What a Pleasure and all four stakes on Saturday's Grand Slam I card were scheduled to be drawn Wednesday.

Tour of the Cat likely for Noe

Trainer Myra Mora believes Tour of the Cat will be able to start in Saturday's $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap.

"Right now we're planning to run," Mora said.

Tour of the Cat will turn back to seven furlongs for the Noe after three straight starts around two turns. He won both the Grade 3 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup and 1 1/16-mile Spend a Buck Handicap before finishing second behind Best of the Rest in the 1 1/8-mile Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap on Nov. 15.

"Our other option would be the Hooper later this month, and like the Rose, that race is at a mile and one eighth, which may be just a bit too far for him. I've always felt 6 1/2 and seven furlongs are the perfect distances for this horse."

Mora pointed out that Tour of the Cat ran a big race winning the seven-furlong, Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap.

Her chief concern is the fact she has been unable to train Tour of the Cat properly for the Noe.

"I get gray hairs every time he's getting ready to run," said Mora. "Before the Rose he got an abscess in his back foot and, although it healed before he ran, I never got to gallop or work him up to the race.

"Since then he's come up with an abscess in his front foot. Again he's healed, but I was only able to get a light breeze into him on Sunday. I'm not happy with his training, but we've been through this before and this horse always seems to pull through for me."

Tour of the Cat was officially clocked working five furlongs in 1:06.60 on Sunday.

A field of seven or eight is taking shape for the Noe. The group includes last year's winner, Built Up, who defeated Tour of the Cat by one length. Built Up worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Monday.

Among the other prospective starters are Brereton, Fire and Glory, Love That Moon, Wake at Noon, and possibly California invader Hasty Kris.

Wacky for Love probably will pass

Trainer Keith Sirota said he was on the fence but leaning toward passing the Noe with his 3-year-old Wacky for Love.

"He's doing well at the moment and worked a very good half-mile at Gulfstream last week but this appears to be coming up a pretty tough spot, especially if Tour of the Cat runs," said Sirota. "And there is an easier race coming up for him in a couple of weeks at Tampa."

Wacky Love has won three of his last five starts and is coming off a tough nose setback to Peeping Tom at The Meadowlands on Nov. 1.

Large field on tap for Chaposa Springs

The Grade 3 Chaposa Springs Handicap figures to have the largest and perhaps most competitive field of the four stakes on Saturday's Grand Slam I card.

Local sprint champ Chispiski tops a lineup that may also include Barbara O'Brien, Belle Artiste, Crafty Brat, Elegant Mercedes, Forty Marinesa, Keiai Sakura, Mary Murphy, and Win's Fair Lady.

Double Scoop, an easy winner of her last two allowance starts at Churchill Downs, was also listed as a possible starter by the racing office.