10/14/2004 11:00PM

Silver Wagon is back


MIAMI - Silver Wagon, sidelined by a knee injury this winter while preparing for the Grade 1 Florida Derby, returned to trainer Ralph Ziadie's barn at Calder on Friday.

Silver Wagon was considered among the top south Florida-based 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year following a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes and a third behind Read the Footnotes and Second of June in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. The Fountain of Youth also marked the final start thus far this season for Second of June, who came out of the race with a fractured leg.

Silver Wagon gained national notoriety after winning Saratoga's Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes during the summer of his 2-year-old campaign. He then fell into the shadow of Second of June, who beat him not only in the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth but also in the What a Pleasure Stakes in Silver Wagon's juvenile finale.

"It's good to have him back," said Ziadie, who trains Silver Wagon for Mahmoud Fustok's Buckram Oak Farm. "He went right to the farm after having surgery to remove chips from his knee."

Ziadie said he had been told that Silver Wagon has been in training with George Mikhalides at Saratoga before returning to Florida. Mikhalides trains a string of horses both locally and in New York for Fustok.

"Right now I'm not sure what my plans will be for this horse," said Ziadie. "I might wait until Gulfstream to run him, because he never really liked this track at Calder. I'll gallop him for a few days to see where we're at before making a decision about when he'll have his first work."

Clark County work for Whenthedoveflies

Whenthedoveflies, Calder's five-furlong turf course record-holder, worked a half-mile in 48.40 seconds over a sloppy main track here Friday morning. Whenthedoveflies will make her next start on Thursday in the 5 1/2-furlong Clark County Stakes over the Keeneland turf.

With exercise rider Anthony Schweiker aboard for trainer Kirk Ziadie, Whenthedoveflies worked well off the inside rail and finished full of run as the first horse out on the track following Friday's renovation break. Whenthedoveflies galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.44 seconds, according to Daily Racing Form.

Whenthedoveflies has won all five of her five-furlong starts on grass but has not raced since beating males in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap on July 10. A daughter of Dove Hunt, Whenthedoveflies established a new course record in her previous start, covering five furlongs in 54.78 seconds.

Petrina Above heads Sunday stakes

Petrina Above, who moved back to the top of the local filly and mare sprint division with an easy victory in the U Can Do It Handicap on Sept. 18, appears the likely favorite in Sunday's $40,000 Subtle Dancer Stakes. Petrina Above rebounded from one of the worst performances of her career over a sloppy track to beat Really Royal by 4 1/2 lengths in the U Can Do It.

Really Royal and Tchula Miss, fourth in the U Can Do It, will take another run at Petrina Above in a field that also includes Marnesia Light, Crafty Brat, and Zlatka.