06/25/2009 11:00PM

Distance key for Quiet Approach


Quiet Approach should appreciate the chance to go around three turns when he runs at Northlands Park on Sunday. The one-mile entry-level allowance race with a $32,000 claiming option drew six 3-year-old colts and geldings and goes as the fifth race.

Quiet Approach, who is trained by Rod Cone, won the one-mile Canadian Juvenile Stakes at Northlands and he also placed in two other stakes from just three starts as a 2-year-old. His best finish from three starts this year was a second behind Mr. Shadar in a first-level allowance race May 17. Quiet Approach made a late move to finish fifth in the Presidents Stakes on June 6. With some speed horses in the field stretching out for the first time, there should be an honest pace to set up his good late move.

Hugh Huston will ride Quiet Approach.

Island Drums will be making his first start at Northlands and just his third overall. Island Drums scored a sharp 2 1/2-length win in a seven-furlong $50,000 maiden race at Gulfstream Park on March 1, and then was transferred to trainer Robertino Diodoro's care after being purchased by owner Cory Wagner. In his first start for his new connections he finished last in the $100,000 Wando Stakes at Woodbine on April 25.

Island Drums has worked smartly since arriving at Northlands and he could be dangerous with the move back on dirt.

Cool Diablo is looking to regroup after a dull effort in the Presidents, which was his initial start this year. Trained by Cody Anderson, Cool Diablo won the one-mile Alberta Premier's Futurity for Alberta-breds last year before finishing last in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine in his final start of 2008.