12/29/2003 1:00AM

Silver Wagon shifts aim to Holy Bull


MIAMI - Trainer Ralph Ziadie originally planned on following the same path this winter with his Kentucky Derby hopeful Silver Wagon as he did a year ago with Trust N Luck.

Trust N Luck's schedule began with Calder's What a Pleasure Stakes and continued at Gulfstream with the Fountain of Youth and the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Trust N Luck successfully bridged the two-month gap from the What a Pleasure to win the Fountain of Youth before finishing second behind Empire Maker in the Florida Derby.

But after watching Silver Wagon finish a tiring third making his two-turn debut in the What a Pleasure, Ziadie has decided to make a slight alteration in his colt's itinerary and will now run him back in Gulfstream's Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 17.

Silver Wagon worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 before galloping out in 1:13.20 at Calder on Monday. It was his first serious work since the What a Pleasure on Dec. 13.

"Originally I was going to skip the Holy Bull," Ziadie said. "But I just thought he needed another race around two turns before the Fountain of Youth. He went into the What a Pleasure only about 80 percent fit. He should be just about, if not 100 percent, fit for the Holy Bull and I think you'll see a completely different horse the next time."

Ziadie said he was pleased with Silver Wagon's work on Monday but still would like to get a little more out of him before the Holy Bull. He would also like to give him a work over the Gulfstream track and will seek permission from the stewards to work him between races a week before the race.

Ziadie said he expects Jerry Bailey to ride Silver Wagon again in the Holy Bull, where the competition figures to include Second of June, impressive winner of the What a Pleasure. Another potential Holy Bull candidate is El Prado Rob, the most advanced of trainer Nick Zito's potent arsenal of Kentucky Derby hopefuls stabled at Palm Meadows this winter. El Prado Rob worked five furlongs in 1:03.80 on Monday.

Cajun Beat ready for Mr. Prospector

The 2004 Gulfstream Park meeting gets off to a quick start Saturday with three stakes on opening day, including the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, featuring 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat.

Cajun Beat was assigned high weight of 121 pounds for the six-furlong Mr. Prospector, two fewer than he carried to a 2 1/4-length win over Bluesthestandard on Breeders' Cup Day.

"He's doing great, I think the weight is fair, and I'm looking forward to running him Saturday," said Steve Margolis, who trains Cajun Beat for the partnership of Satish Sanan, and John and Joseph Iracane.

Cajun Beat had his final tune-up for the Mr. Prospector at his Palm Meadows base Monday when he breezed a half-mile in 49.60 seconds.

"I didn't ask him to do too much this morning," said Margolis. "He had his big work up here last week when he went six furlongs in 1:12 and change."

Cajun Beat will concede four pounds to Gygistar (117), five to Wake at Noon (116), and six to Multiple Choice (115) and Voodoo (115) in the Mr. Prospector.

Minor setback for Eugene's Third Son

The Mr. Prospector lost one of its major players when Eugene's Third Son suffered a minor injury and was withdrawn from consideration by trainer Pat Byrne.

"He popped a splint in his left front shortly after arriving in Florida," Byrne said. "It's nothing serious but we were pointing towards the Mr. Prospector and this will keep us out of the race. We'll still see him during the Gulfstream meet. Just not this early."

The Mr. Prospector would have been a rematch between Cajun Beat and Eugene's Third Son. The pair met under first-level allowance conditions at Gulfstream last winter with Cajun Beat coming out a length the best. Eugene's Third Son went on to finish second in both the Grade 2 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity and Grade 2 Arkansas Derby before being sidelined the entire summer with a cracked splint bone.

Bowman's Band heads Hal's Hope

Bowman's Band is the likely starting highweight under 118 pounds in Saturday's Grade 3 Hal's Hope Handicap. Among the other prospective starters are M B Sea (116), Puzzlement (116), Gander (114), Vinemeister (113), and Formal Attire (112).

Formal Attire turned in the fastest five-furlong work, 1:00, recorded at Palm Meadows on Monday morning.

Diadella, Madeira Mist, and Something Ventured were all assigned high weight of 117 pounds for the Grade 3 Honey Fox Handicap, the third of the three stakes on Saturday's card.