Silver Charm Filly Breaks Maiden in Wonder Where

(from Woodbine report)
The British-based Silver Highlight, a daughter of Silver Charm, broke her maiden in style when she captured the $252,400 Wonder Where Stakes Sunday on the Woodbine turf course.

Sent off at 9-2, Silver Highlight was full of run down the lane in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where, the third leg of the Triple Tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, winning by three lengths in 2:03.69 over a course listed as firm.

With Martin Dwyer aboard, Silver Highlight settled behind pacesetters Pipers Honour and favorite See the Wind, who took the field through early splits of :24.41 and :48.19, then darted away from her rivals down the long stretch after an ideal stalking trip.

Invitational, under Jono Jones, rallied for second, while Sam-Son Farm's See the Wind, who led by a length at the mile mark, held on for third, two lengths back of the runner-up.

The triumph was a bittersweet one for conditioner Andrew Balding, who transfers the filly to Fort Erie trainer Ed Freeman to continue her career in Canada.

"The plan was to (sit off the speed)," said Balding. "She wasn't in a hurry at any time during the race, and she just moved up nicely."

Silver Highlight came into the Wonder Where with slightly more than $7,000 in earnings, but significantly boosted her bankroll with the winner's share of $150,000.

D.H. Carlson and C.D. Miller own the Ontario filly who was bred by Anderson Farms Inc. and Rod Ferguson.

She paid $11.70, $6.70, and $4.40, combining with Invitational ($7.00, $4.30) for a $108.30 exacta. See the Wind ($3.60) filled out a $514.10 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)