05/14/2005 12:00AM

Silver Wagon targets Met Mile


MIAMI - Trainer Ralph Ziadie, who won the 1999 Met Mile with Sir Bear, will try to do it again later this month when he sends Silver Wagon up to New York for the Grade 1 race.

Silver Wagon comes off a third-place finish behind Clock Stopper in Keeneland's Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup at seven furlongs on April 16. The son of Wagon Limit, who is owned by Buckram Oak Farm, is already a Grade 1 winner, having captured Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2003.

"We know it will be a tough spot with Ghostzapper among the horses going into the race, but I always say the bigger they are the harder they fall," said Ziadie, who never lacks for confidence in his horses. "I thought my horse ran a big race in Kentucky, and the extra furlong should help him out. I don't think he really wants to go two turns, but a one-turn mile should suit him perfectly."

Ziadie worked Silver Wagon an easy five furlongs in 1:03 here on Wednesday but plans to give him a stiffer work later this week. Regular rider Cornelio Velasquez will again have the assignment aboard Silver Wagon in the Met Mile.

Midtown Miss takes Harmony Lodge

Midtown Miss rallied from well off the pace to win Friday's $40,000 Harmony Lodge Stakes. A stretch-running daughter of Yes It's True, Midtown Miss was coming off a second-place finish in the six-furlong Snurb Stakes here on opening day and found the added distance of the 6 1/2-furlong Harmony Lodge right up her alley.

Midtown Miss was ridden to perfection by Manoel Cruz. She is trained by Joe Calascibetta.

Twilight Road tries to defend title

Twilight Road is slated to defend his title in the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap on May 30. The 8-year-old son of Cahill Road will come into the race off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star.

Twilight Road scored an upset in the 2004 Memorial Day Handicap by 5 1/4 lengths, beating a field that included 6-5 favorite Supah Blitz.

"He ran well in Texas," trainer David Fawkes said of Twilight Road's last start. "The speed just got away from him."

Super Frolic, who finished fourth in last year's Memorial Day Handicap, will try his luck against Twilight Road again this year. A homebred son of Pine Bluff, Super Frolic prepped for the rematch with an impressive 5 3/4-length victory in an overnight stakes, the Sumter, here last weekend.

- Ten-pound apprentice Jeffrey Sanchez registered his first U.S. riding victory when he guided Tiki Tiki to victory in Saturday's second race for owner-trainer Enrique Alonso. Sanchez's two previous career wins came in his native Puerto Rico.