10/09/2001 11:00PM

Changeintheweather to await warmer climes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The long-term forecast is favorable for Changeintheweather, the four-length winner of the Grade 1 Grey Stakes here last Monday.

And, keeping that future in mind, trainer David Bell said Changeintheweather is unlikely to see action again this season.

"We're talking about giving him a bit of time off, then heading to Florida," said Bell, who trains Changeintheweather for the Pin Oak Stable of Josephine Abercrombie. "That's the tentative plan, right now.

"He's sound, but I don't want to drill on him. He's probably done enough as a 2-year-old."

Changeintheweather earned his second win in three starts in the Grey, both victories coming at 1 1/16 miles. As a Kentucky-bred, the 3-year-old colt has limited opportunities here, and he will get a chance to show he belongs with the best of his generation south of the border.

"He's a very serious horse, as far as I'm concerned," said Bell. "But he's still a very immature 2-year-old. He's pretty green, but he does it pretty easily."

Bell also sent out Adjalah, who was beaten 5 1/4 lengths as the fourth-place finisher in the Grey but the first Canadian-bred across the line.

"He ran a good race, I thought," said Bell, who trains Adjalah for Beclawat Stable. "It was his first run around two turns, and it looks like the further he runs the better he'll be."

Adjalah now will be pointed for the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, the 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds here Oct. 28 that could play a pivotal role in determining Canada's 2-year-old champion.

Rare Friends, perfect in four starts including three stakes, is slated to travel beyond seven furlongs for the first time in the Coronation.

Owned by Frank DiGiulio in partnership with trainer Bob Tiller, Rare Friends breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 on the main track Wednesday, his first work since winning the seven-furlong Swynford here Sept. 23.

Looking to upstage Rare Friends will be El Soprano, winner of the Summer Stakes before being beaten a nose here in last Saturday's Cup and Saucer, with both races coming on turf.

"He's definitely going to the Coronation," said Kevin Attard, who trains El Soprano for Stronach Stables. "Our goal is to make him champion 2-year-old in Canada, and the Coronation has to be the spot to prove he can run on dirt. That's the only way to win."

Other Coronation candidates include Early Wisdom, a homebred gelding by Whiskey Wisdom out of the multiple stakes winner Early Blaze, who won his maiden over 1 1/16 miles here Monday for trainer Brian Ottaway and owners Ken and Mike Ham; and Streakin Rob, fifth in the Grey for Cudney Stable and trainer Jim Day, who earlier was supplemented to the Coronation at a cost of $7,500.

Frostad changes Quiet Resolve plans

Quiet Resolve, who also had been under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Mile, will be changing course after running fifth in last Sunday's Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile.

"The turf was a little soft," said Mark Frostad, who trains Quiet Resolve for Sam-Son Farm, "and a mile just doesn't seem to be his game."

Frostad said Quiet Resolve will be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf, in which he finished a surprising second last year coming out of the Keeneland Turf Mile.

Numerous Times too slow for tab

Numerous Times, winner of the Atto Mile and slated to make his next start in the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Mile for trainer Sid Attard and The Committee Stable, was sent out to breeze five furlongs under regular rider Patrick Husbands here Tuesday.

But Numerous Times, who is undefeated in six career starts, did not go fast enough to make the tab. To be official, a five-furlong workout must be clocked in 1:05 or less.

"He's done this before," said Attard, explaining that he was not really concerned about the non-workout and was more focused on the fact that Numerous Times seemed to be in good health. "He was coughing a couple of days ago," said the trainer, "but he's not coughing now."

Numerous Times is scheduled to breeze here the next two Mondays before departing for Belmont.

Attfield fillies on two fronts

Sweetest Thing is scheduled to be at Keeneland Saturday for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, a $500,000, 1 1/8- mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by her trainer, Roger Attfield, in partnership with Mickey Canino and Bill Werner, Sweetest Thing is coming off wins in the Breeders' and Wonder Where and will ridden by Jim McAleney.

"He rides her well," said Attfield. "He knows her, and has confidence in her."

Assistant trainer Rachel Halden will be at Keeneland to saddle Sweetest Thing while Attfield, who is on crutches after suffering a broken foot when he got kicked by a horse the other week, stays here to watch Happy to Be Home compete in Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth.

The Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, attracted a field of eight.

Happy to Be Home, owned and bred by Bill Graham's Windhaven, was a winner at first asking here June 10 but has finished out of the money in three subsequent outings.

In her last start, which came over 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 1 Mazarine here Sept. 22, Happy to Be Home finished sixth, beaten 10 1/4 lengths.

"She was squeezed back 20 lengths off it down the backstretch," said Attfield, who believes Happy to Be Home can show to much better advantage in her second try around two turns. "She closed a lot of ground."