Updated on 09/16/2011 8:09AM

Frostad has two Atto threats


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Full of Wonder became the latest runner to inscribed on the scrolls of Sam-Son Farm turf stakes winners when he captured Saturday's Grade 1 Niagara at Woodbine.

And Full of Wonder will be looking to join even more select company here Sept. 29, when the Grade 1 Canadian International is run at 1 1/2 miles on the E.P. Taylor turf course for a purse of $1.5 million.

But for the moment, the stable's thoughts are focused on Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile, with Quiet Resolve and Strut the Stage on tap for the Grade 1 turf race.

Quiet Resolve and Strut the Stage breezed five furlongs on the E.P. Taylor turf course here Sunday. The two were scheduled to work in company, but the exercise did not go according to plan as Strut the Stage ran off to a huge lead.

Quiet Resolve, under regular rider Todd Kabel, eventually caught up with his errant stablemate and was clocked in 58.40 seconds. Strut the Stage, under exercise rider Rusty Hand, was timed in 1:02.60.

"It was a bit of a screw-up," said trainer Mark Frostad, "but they got their works in."

Quiet Resolve won the 1999 Atto Mile via a disqualification and finished an unlucky third, beaten just a head, in last year's running.

"He should have won the race last year, if he hadn't been bothered," said Frostad, noting that Quiet Resolve had to be checked entering the far turn and was forced wide entering the stretch.

While Frostad is reluctant to state that Quiet Resolve is as good as ever this year, at age 7, he is not about to downgrade his chances.

"He's been running well," said the trainer, who has been pointing Quiet Resolve to the Atto Mile since his second-place finish over 1 3/8 miles in the Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes here July 21. "He's deadly on the turf here."

Kabel, who won the Niagara with Full of Wonder and Sunday's Seaway with El Prado Essence, will be looking for his first Atto Mile score with Quiet Resolve.

Strut the Stage, who looked set for a banner 4-year-old campaign after winning an allowance race at Keeneland and the Grade 2 Dixie in his first two outings, has been a disappointment in three subsequent appearances.

"He's been a little funny this year," said Frostad, who has watched Strut the Stage finish sixth as the favorite in his last two starts, Churchill's Grade 2 Firecracker and the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap.

"Hopefully, he's back on track. He might actually prefer going a little farther [than Sunday's mile], but he's sharp right now; he hasn't run for a while."

Robby Albarado, who has piloted Strut the Stage to his two wins and to his two recent defeats, will travel in for the mount Sunday.

As of Monday, the Atto Mile was expected to attract up to 12 entrants.

Good Journey, based in California with Wally Dollase, and Royal Spy, trained by Tom Amoss in Kentucky, checked in for the Mile last week.

Pat Day has the mount on Good Journey. No rider has been confirmed for Royal Spy.

Noverre, a Group 1 winner of $1.3 million for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, was due in from England on Tuesday evening and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.

United States invaders scheduled to arrive later this week are Del Mar Show, who will be ridden by Jerry Bailey; Moon Solitaire, Richard Migliore; Nuclear Debate, Gary Stevens; and Touch of the Blues, Corey Nakatani.

Other locally based Atto Mile probables are Chopinina, Dumaani Star, and Regal Mister.

Chopinina, owned by Knob Hill Stable and trained by Alec Fehr, would be the lone filly in the lineup. She will be ridden by Emile Ramsammy, who was aboard for a five-furlong drill in 1:02 on the main track Monday.

Dumaani Star, owned by Castle Peak Farm Ltd. and trained by Danny Yu, finished fourth in his stakes debut in the Play the King over seven furlongs of turf last time out.

Jim McAleney, who has picked up the mount for the Mile, was aboard Sunday when Dumaani Star worked five furlongs in 59.20 on the training turf course.

Regal Mister, who is coming off a second-place finish in a first-level allowance over one mile on turf, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 on the turf training course Sunday.

His connections - owner Gino Molinaro, trainer Vito Armata, and jockey Steven Bahen - pulled off an 82-1 upset with T J's Lucky Moon in this year's Queen's Plate.

Diadella preps for Canadian

Diadella blazed five furlongs in :57.20 on the training turf course Sunday and will be looking to defend her title in Sunday's Grade 2 Canadian Handicap.

Todd Kabel, who will be replacing the injured David Clark aboard the filly, was aboard for Sunday's exercise.

"The turf was pretty fast, and she kind of got away on Todd early, but she finished up sensibly," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Diadella for Stronach Stable.

Pierce pointed out that Diadella may have been a touch too sharp, as she has not raced since her winning seasonal bow here July 21.

"We'd been wanting to run her in the prep, but it didn't go," said Pierce. "She was ready to do something."

Bitner plans to keep riding

Apprentice Lori Bitner won her first race here Saturday aboard Queen Speech, who led throughout a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for $40,000 maidens.

Bitner said she plans on continuing to ride after her fourth win, instead of quitting for the year to preserve her full apprenticeship for next year.

"All the opportunities are here," said Bitner. "As long as everything is going well, I think it would be silly for me to stop."

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink