08/02/2007 11:00PM

Frostad aims high with two maidens


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Frostad has won the Breeders' Stakes on three occasions, with two of those victories coming for Sam-Son Farm.

Frostad also has started maidens in the Breeders' on three occasions, without success.

On Sunday Frostad has entered a pair of maidens, Walk With Kings and Storm the Castle, in the $500,000 Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race which is the final leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Walk With Kings is the more accomplished of the duo, having made five starts and recorded three third-place finishes.

Storm the Castle has run just twice, finishing third in his debut.

Walk With Kings is coming into the Breeders' off a closing third-place finish in a maiden special over 1 1/8 miles of turf here July 2.

"That was a decent effort against older horses," said Frostad. "He had a funny start; he lunged, and spotted the field about 10 lengths."

Like Walk With Kings, Storm the Castle suffered a fractured tibia as a 2-year-old and did not make it to the races.

After finishing third over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf here June 17, Storm the Castle came back three weeks later to run fourth in a seven-furlong maiden special which was taken off the grass.

"We've been playing catch-up with him," said Frostad. "He's a full brother to Portcullis; he'll run all day."

Portcullis won the 2003 Breeders' for Frostad .

Storm the Castle, who has been prominent early in his two races, seems likely to play the role of pacemaker for Walk the Kings in the Breeders'.

"He's got speed," said Frostad. "He'll ensure an honest pace."

Marco Be Good regains confidence

Marco Be Good returns to Polytrack for the first time in nearly three months in Sunday's supporting feature, the $125,000 Shepperton at 6o1/2 furlongs.

The Shepperton will be Marco Be Good's first start on Polytrack since he finished second in the six-furlong New Providence here May 12.

Marco Be Good, a 5-year-old gelding, has made his three subsequent appearances on turf and notched his first win of the year when he shipped to Fort Erie for the $50,000 Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial over five furlongs on July 15.

"That put a little confidence in him," said trainer John Ross. "The momentum's there, and the horse is healthy."

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who was at Fort Erie to pilot Mike Fox in the Prince of Wales, picked up the mount on Marco Be Good that day but Justin Stein will be back in the irons for the Shepperton.

"He's been the regular rider on him for more than a year," said Ross, noting that Marco Be Good had come back to breeze four furlongs in 48.40 seconds on the training track here July 28.

"I like to work him on the training track," said Ross. "He relaxes a little bit more, and I'm more little more comfortable working him there."

Jambalaya heads to Arlington Million

Jambalaya has been pre-entered in the Grade 1 Arlington Million, a 1o1/4-mile turf race next Saturday.

Trained by Catherine Day Phillips, Jambalaya became a Grade 1 winner in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup in February and doubled up in the Grade 3 Pan American in March.

Since returning home, Jambalaya has finished third in two Grade 2 turf stakes, the 1 1/8-mile King Edward and the 1 1/2-mile Northern Dancer.

Day Phillips said she believes the Arlington Million will be a better spot for Jambalaya.

"He'll like the shorter distance," said Day Phillips. "And he's a very rideable, handy horse. The inner turf course there should play a little more to his style."

Sky Conqueror may go to Australia

Jambalaya and his local nemesis Sky Conqueror both have been nominated to the Melbourne Cup, a two-mile race on Nov. 6 in Australia.

While it is highly unlikely that Jambalaya will make the trip, there is a chance that Sky Conqueror could be Australia bound.

Sky Conqueror also has been nominated to the Caulfield Cup, a 1 1/2-mile race on Oct. 20.

"We've had some offers of stud situations down there," said Darwin Banach, who trains Sky Conqueror for owner-breeder Bill Sorokolit.

"If we sell a big share in him, he'd be much more marketable there than in North America."

Sky Conqueror also had been under consideration for the Arlington Million but, barring an 11th hour change of heart, will remain here and point for the Aug.o26 Nijinsky.

"I don't like the heat," said Banach. "I don't like shipping in it, and I don't like running in it."

The Nijinsky, a 1 1/2-mile turf race, offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $300,000.

Eccentric sustains minor injury

Eccentric, who defeated both Sky Conqueror and Jambalaya in the King Edward, was scheduled to travel to Saratoga for Monday's Fourstardave but sustained a minor ankle injury while in his stall and has been put on hold.

"I lost a little bit of time with him," said Roger Attfield, who trains Eccentric. "I just want to make sure everything's okay with him before I make any plans."