11/14/2003 12:00AM

Silver Wagon on target for Fountain


MIAMI - Silver Wagon breezed an easy three furlongs in 37.40 seconds Friday at Calder, his second work since he was taken out of training due to a minor respiratory infection that prevented him from competing in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes.

Silver Wagon, a gray son of Wagon Limit, would have been among the favorites in the Champagne coming off his decisive victory in the Grade 1 Hopeful three weeks earlier.

"He didn't do much this morning," said Ralph Ziadie, who trains Silver Wagon for the Buckram Oak Farm. "I'm just trying to keep him fit for now. Our primary goal at the moment remains the Fountain of Youth."

Ziadie said he could train Silver Wagon into the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth on Feb. 14 at Gulfstream. Silver Wagon has not started since winning the Hopeful on Aug. 30. Ziadie pulled off a similar feat earlier this season with Trust N Luck, who captured the Fountain of Youth in his 3-year-old debut. Ziadie did not rule out the possibility of getting one race into Silver Wagon somewhere along the line.

"If I find an allowance spot that fits him right, either here at the end of the meet or at the beginning of Gulfstream, he'll run," said Ziadie. "If not, I can train him into the Fountain of Youth, no problem."

Class-filled work tab

Joining Silver Wagon on Friday's work tab were multiple stakes winners French Charmer and Stay Forever.

French Charmer, a winner of six of his last seven starts, including the Flying Pidgeon Handicap here on Oct. 18, breezed a mile in 1:47.60 and will likely be pointed for the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap on Dec. 6 by trainer Harry Benson.

Stay Forever, winner of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf last January, went an easy five furlongs in 1:05 as she prepares to launch her comeback later in the meet. A homebred daughter of Stack, Stay Forever has been idle since finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Handicap at Gulfstream on March 2.

Formal Miss tries colts

Formal Miss, the leading member of the 3-year-old filly turf division here this season, will take on males in Sunday's $35,000-added What a Threat Stakes.

Formal Miss has already won a pair of stakes this meet and most recently finished third in the Calder Oaks. She will face a field that includes Sea Pleasure, Magic Mecke, and News Report.

Formal Miss is not the only filly in the What a Threat. She will be joined in the lineup by the stretch-running Askforaraise. The remainder of the field consists of Touch Softly, English Harbour, Windsor Dickens, Millennium Storm, and Stower.