11/17/2010 2:40PM

Frostad looking to cap strong meet

Michael Burns
Invitation Only will make his first start for trainer Mark Frostad in the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds on Nov. 27.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Frostad has enjoyed a solid meeting at Woodbine Racetrack this year, already surpassing his 2009 totals with 23 wins and purses of $2,284,423 heading into the final three weekends.

Those success rates, achieved from just 93 starters, include six stakes wins courtesy of Grand Adventure and Hotep – with a pair apiece – and New Normal and Windward Islands with singles.

And Frostad should have a couple more stakes opportunities before the meet winds up, with Invitation Only on target for the $125,000 Kingarvie here Nov. 27 and Eye of the Leopard aiming for the $150,000 Valedictory on closing day, Dec. 5.

Invitation Only would be making his first start for Frostad in the Kingarvie – a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds – after being purchased privately by Earle Mack.

Originally trained and partly owned by Dave Cotey, Invitation Only won his maiden when making his fourth start in the Simcoe, a seven-furlong yearling sales here Sept. 6.

“He’s coming along nicely,” said Frostad, who planned to run Invitation Only in the Oct. 17 Cup and Saucer but had to scrap that plan when the gelding showed symptoms of a virus.

“I think he’s a nice horse. We’ll have to see how he handles two turns and everything.”

Invitation Only is scheduled to winter in the Ocala area and, if all goes well, could be a factor on the road to next year’s Queen’s Plate.

Eye of the Leopard, a homebred 4-year-old colt owned by Sam-Son Farm, won the Queen’s Plate last year and was voted Canada’s champion 3-year-old male.

The A.P. Indy colt has had more downs than ups in the interim, however, and was based in the United States with trainer Neil Howard for an unproductive two-race span this summer before returning here to the Frostad fold.

Eye of the Leopard was a sharp winner under third-level allowance terms in his first start back at Woodbine but then disappointed in the Autumn over the same distance.

Last time out, Eye of the Leopard tried to change his spots while attempting his most demanding journey to date in the 1 5/8-mile prep for the Valedictory, which is the longest stakes race of the Ontario season at 1 3/4 miles.

While he was unable to handle Pool Play that day, Eye of the Leopard ran well while holding off the veteran marathoner Helicopter for second money.

“He’ll get the Valedictory distance, that’s for sure,” Frostad said. “But Pool Play will be tough.”

Frostad will be sending out his first shipment to Fair Grounds on Saturday, with 12 horses set to leave for the meeting that begins Nov 25.

Forest Uproar and Harvest Home, a pair of turf specialists who should run early at New Orleans, are scheduled to be among that contingent.

Frostad ultimately expects to have 17 stalls at Fair Grounds, in addition to his usual complement in the Ocala area.

Stars to Shine, a Kentucky-bred whom Frostad trains for The Grange House Partnership, is slated to make her stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs.

Patrick Husbands, who has ridden Stars to Shine to back-to-back scores here in maiden and first-level allowance company, has the call for the Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Battle At Sea, a homebred 4-year-old gelding who races for Sam-Son Farm, was nominated to Saturday’s six-furlong Kennedy Road but will not be in the lineup.

“He’s been off a long time,” noted Frostad, who last sent out Battle At Sea for a third-place finish in an open allowance race at six furlongs here June 12. “There’ll be a better spot for him.”

The Grade 3 Kennedy Road drew a competitive field of seven, headed by Fatal Bullet, Canada’s champion sprinter and Horse of the Year in 2008; and Field Commission and Signature Red, the 1-2 finishers in the six-furlong allowance prep for the Kennedy Road.

Rounding out the field will be General Brock, who ran third in the prep; Forgethestorm and Paso Doble, the 1-3 finishers when competing over 6 1/2 furlongs under second-level allowance terms in their last starts; and Ravalo, who will invade from Laurel for trainer Donald Barr and has made his three most recent appearances in turf sprints.

Not Bourbon, Marchfield stud plans

Not Bourbon and Marchfield, who both earned more than $1 million and were Canadian champions during their racing careers, will be standing their first seasons at stud in Ontario next year.

Norse Ridge Farm will be the new home of Not Bourbon, who was the Sovereign Award-winning 3-year-old male in 2008 off his victories in the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, seven-furlong Queenston, and seven-furlong Overskate.

A homebred 5-year-old son of Not Impossible who raced for Charles Fipke, Not Bourbon also won the six-furlong Bull Page as a 2-year-old and retires with a record of 7-2-1 and earnings of $1,103,050 from 16 starts for trainer Roger Attfield.

Not Bourbon will stand for $5,000 at Norse Ridge, which is owned by the Hunderup Family.

Marchfield, who was the Sovereign Award winner in the older male category in both 2008 and 2009, will be standing at Michael Byrne’s Park Stud for $4,000.

A 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy, Marchfield started 21 times for his breeder, Eugene Melnyk, and compiled a record of 8-7-1 for earnings of $1,135.401 under the guidance of trainer Mark Casse.

His major victories, all at Woodbine, included the Grade 2 Sky Classic at 1 3/8 miles on turf, the Grade 2 Autumn at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, the Grade 3 Dominion Day at 1 1/4 miles on the main track, and the Breeders’ Stakes, the 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of Canada’s Triple Crown.

Memorial for Krawczyk set

A memorial service will be held here Friday for Karl Krawczyk, who died last week at age 51 after suffering a heart attack. Krawczyk was a longtime presence at Woodbine, both as a backstretch worker and as the owner of a courier company which delivered Daily Racing Form , programs, and other racing materials ontrack and to other Woodbine properties. He also had been working as a hotwalker for trainer Franz Crean.

The service will take place at 11 a.m. in the recreation area adjacent to the backstretch kitchen.