05/21/2007 11:00PM

Act of God starting for new trainer


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Grant Forster has cut a rather unique path for himself in the racing game since opening a public stable in 2003.

"I'm the only guy on the Arkansas-Washington-Kentucky circuit," he said with a laugh.

As the son of David Forster, a perennial leading trainer at Emerald Downs in the state of Washington, Grant Forster, 33, said he wanted to expand his horizons. In doing so, his circuit now consists of Oaklawn Park in the winter and Kentucky during other seasons - and all while he maintains another string of horses back home. He has 14 horses at the Trackside training center near Churchill Downs, and "another 15 to 20 back at Emerald."

Forster has enjoyed a productive year so far, with Brother Bobby, the runner-up to Lawyer Ron in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, emerging as his stable star. He hopes another older horse will make an impact in this region when Act of God, a stakes winner, makes his first start since being privately purchased by Forster's clients Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella.

Act of God will race Thursday in the eighth race at Churchill, a $52,500, second-level allowance at a mile on turf. As the winner of the Regaey Island stakes last summer at Ellis Park for former trainer Fred Seitz, Act of God already has proven ability.

"I've had him about three weeks," Forster said. "He's very high-energy, and his form looks pretty good. Hopefully, we can at least win a few conditions with him."

Act of God is one of eight older horses in the race. Other major contenders include Heart of a Leader and Yate's Black Cat. Canela will run only if the race is transferred to the main track.

The feature is one of two races on the day with a $52,500 purse. The other one, the second race, a second-level allowance at a mile on the main track, drew a field of six fillies and mares, with the steady Leo's Pegasus likely to come favored under Robby Albarado. Leo's Pegasus has finished in the money in 11 of 13 career starts. Bootery, from the Ian Wilkes barn, looms as the main threat in a field that also includes Speedy Sandy, Travel Team, Quiet Maria, and Wellofaprize.

* Randall Toups, the leading apprentice rider here last spring, has returned to Churchill by way of Arlington Park. Toups, 18, has hired Tony King as his agent.