02/17/2007 12:00AM

Silver Wagon most proven in top races


LAUREL, Md. - Kent Desormeaux and Edgar Prado will be back at their old stomping grounds Monday when the Grade 2 General George Breeders' Cup is run for the 32nd time, and Laurel Park horseplayers who watched both men develop into legendary riders on this circuit seem likely to give a nod to Prado.

Not that Desormeaux, already a Hall of Fame member, isn't the all-time favorite of many Maryland fans. But Prado has the mount on Silver Wagon, the solid favorite for the $300,000 General George, and everyone wants to align themselves with a winner.

Silver Wagon is a proven entity in graded races, having consistently posted triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures while earning nearly $800,000 during his 22-race career. Two starts back, Silver Wagon was a dominant winner of the Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct at seven furlongs, and the 6-year-old horse will be turning back to that same distance Monday after finishing third in the 1 1/8-mile Sunshine Millions Classic in his latest start.

Richard Dutrow Jr. long has been the trainer of Silver Wagon, but because Dutrow is serving a suspension, his brother Tony has become the trainer of record for Silver Wagon for the General George.

Meanwhile, Desormeaux has the mount on Will He Shine, one of nine older horses entered in the race. Based at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Will He Shine will try to improve off a recent runner-up finish in the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park.

"Obviously he'll have to run big to contend in this field, but I think he's ready," said trainer Dale Romans. "I just wanted to get a race into him at Turfway while we pointed him to the General George. This has been our target for a couple months."

At least three other horses figure highly in the General George: Ah Day, a King Leatherbury-trained 4-year-old with 7 wins from 12 starts at Laurel; Your Bluffing, who has amassed a 14-for-27 record over the local course; and Judiths Wild Rush, a well-traveled winner of more than $830,000.

Trainer Mike Trombetta opted for the General George for Your Bluffing after the gelding was assigned the outside post when entered in the Campbell Handicap on Saturday at Laurel. Trombetta chose Your Bluffing in lieu of another standout in his stable, Sweetnorthernsaint.

Rounding out the field are Ryan's for Real, Gold Cluster, City Weekend, and Mach Speed.

The General George is carded as the last of nine Monday races.