12/07/2006 1:00AM

Soldier's Dancer off flashy win


MIAMI - After Soldier's Dancer ran off the screen winning his grass debut by a widening 6 3/4 lengths in the Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes on Nov. 11, trainer David Vivian tried his best to temper his enthusiasm for his latest 2-year-old prospect.

"Let's see if he can do that again before we get too excited," said Vivian.

Soldier's Dancer will get his chance Saturday, when he tops a field of 10 2-year-olds in the $100,000 Kris S. Stakes at Calder. A 1 1/16-mile race, the Kris S. is one of three grass stakes on the card, along with the $100,000 Cherokee Frolic for 2-year-old fillies and the $45,000 Mel's Hope for 3-year-olds.

In the Appleton, Soldier's Dancer circled his field with a rush around the second turn before drawing away with authority, earning a career-high 89 Beyer Speed Figure in the process. He had made his six previous starts on dirt, winning twice, including a 6 3/4-length win in his career debut, which came in a $32,000 maiden claimer June 4.

Soldier's Dancer should improve off the Appleton, which he entered following an eight-week layoff to nurse a deep gash in his left front leg. Under the allowance conditions of the Kris S., he will share high weight of 122 pounds with Fernando Po, a restricted stakes winner on turf this summer at Saratoga. A son of Johannesburg, Fernando Po has not started since he finished a tiring seventh over a yielding course in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 22.

Three other members of the Pilgrim field - You're the Mon, T Harry, and March to Victory - will also make their local debuts in the Kris S.

You're the Mon, trained by Bill Mott, finished a late-running fifth in the Pilgrim, which was his stakes debut.

T Harry finished a neck behind You're the Mon in the Pilgrim, then was badly outrun over similarly soft turf in the Laurel Futurity five weeks later.

March to Victory was a game winner of his career debut, a one-mile race over the Belmont turf course Sept. 22, before finishing a tiring 10th in the Pilgrim. He is trained by Christophe Clement.

Storm in May, who set a contested pace in the Appleton before finishing a well-beaten third as the 8-5 favorite, looks to make amends Saturday in a rematch with Soldier's Dancer. Storm in May had captured his two previous turf outings by an average of three lengths.

Perfect Motion returns in Cherokee Frolic

The Cherokee Frolic drew a field of nine juvenile fillies, topped by Perfect Motion, Island Friend, and Rutherienne.

Perfect Motion and Island Friend finished third and fourth behind favorite Pay Wright in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf here Nov. 11. The John Franks was Perfect Motion's turf and stakes debut. She won her maiden at first asking over Keeneland's main track four weeks earlier.

Clement has moved Rutherienne into stakes company off a six-length maiden allowance victory in her career debut here Nov. 12.

* A full field of 12 plus three also-eligibles was entered for the Mel's Hope led by Gimme Credit, Croton Road, and Hollywood Left.