07/09/2009 11:00PM

Two classy runners attempt turf

Michael Burns
Dancing Allstar (center) tries turf for the first time in the Ernie Samuel Memorial.

Dancing Allstar (center) tries turf for the first time in the Ernie Samuel Memorial on Sunday.P

FORT ERIE, Ontario - The $500,000 Prince of Wales highlights Sunday's card at Fort Erie, but two accompanying $50,000 five-furlong turf stakes help add to the luster of the day.

The Ernie Samuel Memorial for fillies and mares attracted a field of six, while the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial drew 10 entrants. Both stakes are for Canadian-breds.

The Samuel field has an apparent standout based on turf form, and one first-timer on the grass who has won more than $500,000 on dirt and Polytrack surfaces.

Bent Attorney is a winner on turf who has finished in the money in 5 of his 7 grass tries. Trained by Don MacRae, Bent Attorney has the highest Beyer Speed Figures in the field and will have Stewart Elliott in the saddle.

Dancing Allstar, who has won 9 of 15 races and is sent out by high-percentage trainer Terry Jordan, is the unknown factor because of her lack of turf experience.

Speed is Dancing Allstar's game and more often than not she has gone off as the public's choice.

Her sire, Millennium Allstar, never tried turf and has not had a turf winner with only three of his runners ever trying the grass. Dancing Allstar's dam, High on Believen, did place on turf, and if Dancing Allstar takes to this surface she will be the one to catch.

Klissura won this event last year with a stalking trip. She tuned up for this race in a turf allowance sprint here, losing by a nose, and just might surprise.

Rounding out the field are Bold Maneuver, a Woodbine shipper who has won once on the turf in three tries; Dashingalltheway, who has placed on the grass; and longshot Hereisthering, who has two dirt wins at Fort Erie and will be making her turf debut.

The Wells is topped by Drunken Love, a speedy invader from Woodbine who will be trying turf for the first time.

Drunken Love has won five races and has finished in the money 13 of 15 times. He has banked more than $300,000. His sire, Whiskey Wisdom, gets only 4 percent winners with his first-time turf runners. Trainer Norm McKnight will have Gerry Olguin in the saddle.

Stuck in Traffic, from the Nick Gonzalez barn, should take a lot of action. He has won on the turf, has scored in 6 of 14 races overall, and his bankroll tops $500,000.

Other contenders who have won on the grass include Canadian Music, No Dilettante, Zarroc, and Marco Be Good.

Flat Rock, a Fort Erie-based gelding, has been in the money in all of his three turf starts and has been working up a storm for his first start of the year.