09/12/2005 11:00PM

Silver Wagon on road to BC Sprint


MIAMI - After spending the summer at Saratoga, trainer Ralph Ziadie will be piling up the frequent flier miles this fall, splitting time between Calder and Belmont Park.

Ziadie kept some members of his stable in New York for Belmont Park's fall championship meeting, including Grade 1 winner Silver Wagon - with an eye toward the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 29.

Silver Wagon was scratched out of a scheduled start here July 11 in the Smile Sprint Handicap because of a foot injury, then missed valuable training time once arriving at Saratoga when the same injury failed to heal properly. But despite having been idle more than three months since his second-place finish behind Ghostzapper in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Silver Wagon came up with a big effort in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap and finished third, beaten less than a length by Mass Media.

"I was really pleased with his race in the Forego," Ziadie said. "He got beat less than a length, was gaining on the winner at the end, and if he had stayed inside instead of coming out he might have won."

Ziadie said Silver Wagon will make his next start in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap on Oct. 1.

"We'll try him in the Vosburgh and see how he does even though six furlongs is really not his best distance," said Ziadie. "He's Breeders' Cup eligible, so if he runs well we'll probably take a shot and try him in the Sprint."

Siren Cove in Brave Raj next

Ziadie also said he plans on running the lightly raced but promising 2-year-old filly Siren Cove in the Brave Raj Stakes on the Festival of the Sun preview card at Calder on Sept. 24. Siren Cove, who has started only three times, finished a distant second behind Running Lass in the Desert Vixen Stakes and was third, beaten a length, behind the same rival in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl in the opening two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Ritvo spots Frolicing, R Loyal Man

Leading trainer Tim Ritvo said he plans to run Frolicing, an undefeated 2-year-old filly prospect, in the Brave Raj, and R Loyal Man in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes on the same day.

Ritvo opted to give R Loyal Man time off following his second-place finish in the July 10 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs, pointing him for the Foolish Pleasure and a fall campaign. He had hoped to get a prep into R Loyal Man, a son of More Than Ready, when he entered him in the Seacliff here, but he scratched him on the morning of the race.

"I just didn't feel he was quite ready going into the Seacliff, so I didn't want to take a chance of running him," said Ritvo. "But he had a very good work here the other morning and is doing really well right now."

Slipped saddles twice in two days

A slipped saddle affected the outcome of a race on both Sunday and Monday.

D'Broken Speed, the younger brother of graded stakes winner D'Wildcat Speed, was cruising along on an easy lead in Sunday's finale when he suddenly bolted to the outside fence after jockey Abdiel Toribio's saddle slipped midway down the backstretch. He was eased to the wire as the 4-5 favorite.

On Monday, Saffronista finished a game second under a gutsy ride by jockey Cecilio Penalbo, who rode the lightly raced 2-year-old filly to the wire despite having his saddle slip entering the far turn of the one-mile maiden allowance race. Saffronista held a short lead through much of the stretch but was outfinished in the closing strides by Tazaliya.