10/14/2003 11:00PM

Dirt again for Free Thinking


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A field of promising 2-year-olds, including the nicely bred Free Thinking, run in Friday's sixth race at Woodbine, a 1 1/16-mile allowance on the main track worth $67,800.

Free Thinking is an Unbridled colt owned by Kentucky-based Pin Oak Stable. He showed little when he debuted in a two-turn maiden race on the dirt Aug. 30 and was headed for the turf Sept. 20, but that race was moved to the main track. He stalked the early pace in that mile and 70-yard maiden special before dropping back, then came charging at the end to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths in a mediocre clocking.

Free Thinking, trained by David Bell, hails from a family rich in turf influences and may be at his best when he runs on grass. His half-sister Bedanken captured the Grade 3 Valley View Stakes on the grass, and his dam is a half-sister to three turf stakes winners.

Last Saturday, Free Thinking worked five furlongs on dirt in 59.80 seconds, the fastest of 29 moves at the distance.

Lining up against Free Thinking will be A Bit O'Gold, Langburg, Third Day, Campo Lago, and Cut and Shoot.

Campo Lago could be favored off his authoritative maiden victory in the slop at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 27, for which he received an excellent Beyer Figure of 85. In his previous start, he was third behind Smoocher, who subsequently captured the Grade 2 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes in an upset.

Joe Walls trains Campo Lago, who is from the first crop of Military, a grass specialist who won the Grade 1 Oak Tree Championship Stakes.

A Bit O'Gold looked like a prospect for next year's Queen's Plate when he won at first asking in a Sept. 28 maiden special. He stalked the pace on the outside in that six-furlong dash en route to a one-length score, earning a solid 79 Beyer.

A Bit O'Gold is a full brother to stakes-placed sprinter Adjalah and Arco's Gold, who won the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity last fall. Catherine Day-Phillips trains A Bit O'Gold.

Third Day won his maiden by disqualification when he debuted June 14 in the five-furlong Victoria Stakes. He was subsequently sold to Earle Mack but remained with trainer Mark Casse, who gave the colt the summer off before sending him out in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes. He finished fourth.

Cut and Shoot, another Casse-trained runner, won his lone start with ease at five furlongs on Aug. 9. A son of American Chance, he has speed and stamina in his pedigree.