12/12/2005 12:00AM

Silver Wagon gets rare start at home


MIAMI - Silver Wagon has been based at Calder with trainer Ralph Ziadie throughout most of his career but has made only three of his 15 career starts over his home course. He will make his fourth local appearance on Saturday as the highweight and likely favorite in the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap.

Silver Wagon returned to Calder earlier this month after spending the summer and fall in New York and got a chance to really stretch his legs over his home track for the first time in five months when he worked five furlongs in 1:02 on Monday morning.

Breaking off about a length behind a 2-year-old stablemate, Silver Wagon went in fractions of 25.18 seconds, 37.18, and 49.28 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:15 over a dry and somewhat cuppy track while reserved throughout.

"I just wanted him to get used to this track again," said Ziadie. "And I thought he went well. He has never run his best race at Calder but he has never really run much here. If he runs his best race on Saturday he should be the one to beat."

Silver Wagon has only one victory in eight starts this year but has turned in some notable performances in defeat, including a second-place finish behind Ghostzapper in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap. He was also fourth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh and most recently fourth in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap.

Silver Wagon, who finished fifth behind Medallist returning from a 10-month layoff in the 2004 Noe, will carry high weight of 118 pounds and will be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez.

The Kenny Noe is one of four stakes that make up Saturday's Grand Slam II program. The card will also feature the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight and Grade 2 La Prevoyante handicaps.

A full field is shaping up for the McKnight, topped by 118-pound highweight Meteor Storm, a Grade 1 winner who is scheduled to ship here from Southern California later this week. Among the other likely starters are Silverfoot (117), defending champ Dreadnaught (116), License to Run (115), Rousing Victory (115), Wild Buddy (115), Demeteor (114), Noble Masterpiece (114), Scooter Roach (114), and Buckeye Wonder (112).

Request for Parole (114) is considered a possible starter, while trainer Todd Pletcher is also likely to send out at least one of the three horses he has nominated to the race.

Film Maker heads La Prevoyante

Film Maker, second and third in the last two runnings of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, worked an easy five furlongs in 1:07 around the dogs in company with stablemate Fin at Palm Meadows on Monday in preparation for her local debut in the La Prevoyante. Film Maker will be the 119-pound highweight and favorite with Edgar Prado slated to ride.

"They told me the dogs were out almost to the outside rail down there this morning, so I'm not concerned about the slow time," trainer Graham Motion said by phone from his summer base in Fair Hill, Md. "She has been down there about three or four weeks now and doing great. I'm quite happy with her."

Motion also nominated Fin and Olaya to the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante, but said only Film Maker would start.

"I thought about running Olaya, but she spiked a fever just before a scheduled work last week so now I will just wait for Gulfstream with her," said Motion. "Fin will run Sunday at Calder in an overnight stakes."

Film Maker will face a field that should include Moscow Burning (117), Barancella (115), Kate Winslet (115), Milwaukee (115), and Noble Stella (114) as well as potential starters from the barns of Pletcher and trainer Christophe Clement.

'Dream On' goes for third stakes win

Dream On Dream On, a two-time stakes winner here this season, will lead the home forces against invaders Zurich and Holy Ground in Wednesday's $40,000 Lord Juban Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf.

Dream On Dream On won both the Simply Majestic and Needles stakes and was beaten a neck after leading throughout in the Calder Derby.

Zurich finished fourth making his stakes debut last summer at Saratoga in the Grade 3 Saranac, while the versatile Holy Ground is coming off a 13-length victory over the main track in Delaware Park's Stanton Stakes.

* First Samurai breezed three furlongs in 37.20 at Gulfstream on Monday, his first work since arriving in Florida for the winter. The two-time Grade 1 winner closed out his 2-year-old campaign by finishing third as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.