07/12/2007 11:00PM

Trying to keep trophy in the family


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Feathered Diamond, a regally bred 4-year-old by A.P. Indy out of a Mr. Prospector mare, will make her stakes debut in the Ernie Samuel Memorial here at Fort Erie on Sunday.

The Samuel Memorial is the first of two $50,000 stakes that are supporting features to the $500,000 Prince of Wales.

Both the Samuel Memorial, for fillies and mares, and the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial are scheduled for five furlongs on the turf and are restricted to Canadian-breds.

Owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, the outfit created by Ernie Samuel, Feathered Diamond has just a maiden victory at Keeneland to show for her six starts, but she displayed strong talent in her two latest.

Feathered Diamond was third, beaten less than a length, in a seven-furlong turf allowance at Woodbine last month.

Feathered Diamond "is a nice filly," said Sam-Son trainer Mark Frostad. "This is a good place for her. We won the race last year with See the Wind."

Todd Kabel will ride Feathered Diamond.

The most accomplished runner in the field of five is Bosskiri, 5, a winner of $433,429.

Owned by Harlequin Ranches, Bosskiri has finished fourth and third in her two starts this year, both in Woodbine stakes.

"I'd love to win another stakes with her," said trainer Reade Baker. "She's won one at 2, 3, and 4. She's been working great and is ready to go."

Bosskiri finished third in the $125,000 Rainbow Connection on the Fort Erie turf last summer. Baker said she was unlucky at the gate for that one.

"A horse came over and bothered her a little," he said. "My runner will be tough to beat on Sunday."

Baker had planned on entering two-time winner Firerock in the Daryl Wells but changed his mind when he found out that Marco Be Good was headed for the event.

"I don't want to go down there and run against him," he said.

Marco Be Good, a 5-year-old trained by John Ross, has earned $397,395 and is a winner of 5 of his 26 starts.

Owned by Terra Racing Stable, Marco Be Good appears to be equally adept on dirt or turf. He boasts a top Beyer Speed Figure of 100 on the turf and a 97 on the dirt.

Marco Be Good, a homebred son of Bold n' Flashy, has had two seconds in his three starts this year.

Ascot Devil, Vintage Year, and Chemistry Class have shown the best turf form of the other eight runners in the Wells Memorial.