11/03/2009 12:00AM

Frost King pair hard to separate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Legal Review and Mobthewarrior loom as the prime contenders in the $125,000 Frost King Stakes, a seven-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds on Wednesday at Woodbine.

Legal Review, trained by Mark Casse, has run three times, all under jockey Patrick Husbands. He won his debut with ease after dueling on the lead in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired maidens in August. Legal Review tracked the leaders and faded to fifth in the seven-furlong Simcoe, a stakes for graduates of local yearling sales. He rebounded in the six-furlong Bull Page Stakes, scoring by a half-length over Doctor Jack.

Husbands said Legal Review was uncomfortable while saving ground in the Simcoe, but was much braver with a similar trip in the Bull Page.

"The [Simcoe] was a schooling race for him," said Husbands. "I was down on the inside, and he chickened out. When I rode him back in the [Bull Page], I was in the same position, but he had the confidence to overcome it."

Mobthewarrior won his debut back in June, and then finished a close fifth in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon Stakes. He chased home Ghost Fleet and Takiddm when third in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes in August.

Mobthewarrior had a very wide trip when he closed belatedly for second in the slow-paced Simcoe. He met open company last time in the Grade 3 Grey Stakes, and finished just three-quarters of a length behind victorious Bear Tough Guy in third.

Trainer Greg De Gannes said he was encouraged by the way Mobthewarrior handled 1 1/16 miles in the Grey.

"I was happy with his race," said De Gannes. "He answered the question as to whether he'll go two turns, which is what I was looking for. Hopefully, he'll continue to go forward."

De Gannes said he chose the Frost King over Sunday's nine-furlong Coronation Futurity, which is expected to include the unbeaten Hollinger.

"I think this is probably a better spot," he said.

Doctor Jack won his maiden third time out before ending up third in the Simcoe. He has worked quickly since his wide, closing second in the Bull Page.

Arepeatee won his maiden in his fifth outing, and then wound up third in his stakes debut in the Bull Page. His owner-trainer, Bob Tiller, won the 2006 Frost King with Dancer's Bajan.