Updated on 09/15/2011 12:49PM

Watch out, here come the Canadians!

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Michael Burns
Dancethruthedawn will meet an exceptional field in Saturday's $750,000 Alabama Grade 1 race.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Immigration officials at the Canadian-United States border will be plenty busy the next 10 days, clearing horses on their way to Saratoga Springs for stakes engagements.

On Saturday, Queen's Plate winner Dancethruthedawn will meet an exceptional field in the $750,000 Alabama, a Grade 1 race. The following afternoon, Dominion Day winner A Fleets Dancer runs in the $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup, a Grade 2. Win City, winner of the Prince of Wales after finishing second to Dancethruthedawn in the Queens Plate, will take a crack at the $1 million Travers on Aug. 25.

Trainer Mark Frostad said Dancethruthedawn was scheduled to arrive by van from Woodbine on Wednesday. A Fleets Dancer, trained by Roger Attfield, is expected Thursday and Win City will arrive on the scene sometime during the middle of next week after he works at Woodbine, according to trainer Bob Tiller.

Dancethruthedawn defeated males when she won the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, by a half-length over Win City on June 24 at Woodbine. When the battle of the sexes continued in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales on July 22, Win City turned the tables on the filly. Dancethruthedawn lost the Prince of Wales by a half-length after blowing the comfortable advantage she held in the stretch.

"She loafed on the lead; a lot of them will do that," said Frostad, who noted his filly was alone on the lead after putting away front-runner Wild Years around the far turn.

"She'll run well in the Alabama," Frostad added. "She certainly belongs and has already proven she is effective at a mile and a quarter."

Dancethruthedawn gets a new rider in Pat Day for the Alabama.

A strong edition of the Alabama is on tap, with Kentucky Oaks winner Flute and Mother Goose winner Fleet Renee among the expected starters. Graded winners Real Cozzy, Tweedside, and Two Item Limit are also pointing to the race, as is Exogenous .

Free of Love works, still may go in Travers

Free of Love, the runner-up in the Jim Dandy, worked Tuesday morning over the main track with jockey Richard Migliore in the saddle and remains a possible Travers starter.

The half-mile move was timed in 48.29 seconds, breezing.

After the Jim Dandy, trainer Rick Violette had been leaning toward skipping the Grade 1 Travers in favor of the $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby, a Grade 3, on Sept. 3 at Philadelphia Park.

Violette said the deciding factor will have less to do with who runs in the Travers or the Pennsylvania Derby - although that will play a role - than with how Free of Love is training.

"Primarily we need to feel we are going into the Travers as good as we did for the Jim Dandy," Violette said. "If we think he's moving forward from the Jim Dandy it makes it a tougher decision. He'll work sometime next week and then we'll make a decision."

* Travers probable This Fleet Is Due, a fast-closing fourth in the Haskell, worked in company with Listen Here on the main track. The pair finished on nearly even terms, with This Fleet Is Due going in 36.44 seconds.

Platinum Tiara with a bullet for Lake Placid

Platinum Tiara worked exceptionally well on the Oklahoma grass here Monday. The 3-year-old filly earned a bullet work for her sizzling five-furlong move in 57.83 seconds, handily, under jockey Pat Day. By comparison, the next fastest work of 18 at the distance was Ravaro's time of 59.86 seconds.

Platinum Tiara will race next in Monday's $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies.

In the Grade 2 Lake Placid, she will be making her first start for trainer Neil Howard, who received the filly after she finished third in the Reeve Schley Jr. at Monmouth Park on July 7.

Howard said that while the work was blazingly fast, it wasn't produced under any pressure from Day.

"The upside was she did it easily," Howard said. "I wanted [Day] on her once before she ran and these horses know the difference between a 110-pound exercise rider and a 110-pound jockey. They know when a jockey is on their back."

Howard reported that Secret Status, a winner of a classified allowance race here last Friday, returned to the track for the first time since the win on Tuesday.

"She's been nice and relaxed," Howard said of Secret Status, who was a starting-gate scratch earlier in the meet in the Go for Wand when she rammed the gate and opened a cut above her eye.

Howard said he will pass the $400,000 Personal Ensign here Aug. 24 and await the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap, a Grade 1 at Belmont Park on Sept. 15, to give Secret Status more time in between races.

Snow Dance makes stakes debut in Lake Placid

Trainer John Ward is pointing Snow Dance to the Lake Placid, where she will make her stakes debut. The Forest Wildcat filly is 2 for 2 on grass, with wins at Churchill Downs and Saratoga.

In her last start on July 30, Snow Dance set a legitimate pace in a second-level allowance race and drew off for a 2 1/2-length score, while covering the mile in 1:34.68.

"She's extremely competitive and quickens extremely well," Ward said. "When she won at Churchill, Craig [Perret] told me that when horses came to her, she looked left and then right and was like, 'that's enough of you', and went on."

Down the line, Ward said he would love to secure an invitation for Snow Dance to the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 13, providing she proves competitive against stakes horses.

* Aptitude, who was put up to first after Futural was disqualified in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup last month, was assigned highweight of 122 pounds for Sunday's $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup. Also pointing to the 1 1/4-mile Saratoga Breeders' Cup is A Fleets Dancer (115), Perfect Cat (115), Pleasant Breeze (115), Top Official (113), and Bare Outline (112). Gander (115), First Lieutenant (113), and Ground Storm (113) are possible for the race.

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