07/22/2009 11:00PM

Frostad looking for rerun in Wonder Where


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Last year, trainer Mark Frostad sent out Northern Kraze to record her second career win in the $250,000 Wonder Where. On Saturday, Frostad is hoping for deja vu all over again when he fields one-time winner Forest Uproar for the Wonder Where, a 1 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

While Northern Kraze had raced twice as a 2-year-old and was making the sixth start of her 2008 campaign in the Wonder Where, Forest Uproar did not debut until this June and has just two outings under her belt.

"She was in for a while last year, but she injured herself and didn't get close to starting," said Frostad, who had Forest Uproar in Florida and then New Orleans over the winter and spring. "We always knew she was a nice filly. She just took a while to come around."

Forest Uproar is a half-sister to Quiet Jungle, a stakes-placed filly who was euthanized last fall following a training injury.

That pedigree, plus her human connections, helped account for Forest Uproar's 5-1 price when she debuted at a mile on turf here June 11, and she did not disappoint, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths under Robert Landry.

"We were looking at this race, and wanted to get another race into her," said Frostad. "That's why we ran her back in 17 days."

Forest Uproar's return came in a first-level allowance over 1 1/4 miles of turf here June 28, and she finished a strong second, beaten a neck by 5-year-old stablemate Blissful Song.

"I thought that was a pretty good effort," said Frostad. "She's had four weeks leading up to this race. Hopefully, she'll be in good order."

Northern Kraze has started twice since the Wonder Where, finishing third on turf on each occasion, including the 1 1/8-mile Carotene here on Oct. 11.

"She was ready to run at Keeneland," said Frostad. "But she's a wild child. She banged herself in her stall and needed two months off. Hopefully, she'll be back in the fall."

Barn has two ready for Nijinsky

Frostad and Sam-Son also will be participating in Sunday's 1 1/4-mile-turf feature, with French Beret and Catch the Luck both entered in the Grade 2, $300,000 Nijinsky for 3-year-olds and upward.

French Beret, a 6-year-old gelding, will be making his 40th start in the Nijinsky. And while he has won just four times, three of his successes have come in stakes, and he has finished in the money a total of 21 times while banking $701,465.

"He's ground it out the hard way," said Frostad, on a rainy Thursday morning here. "Hopefully, there's some give in the ground on Sunday. He's been getting hard tracks his last couple of races, and he doesn't like hard going."

Catch the Luck, a 4-year-old gelding, won out his first two allowance conditions in his last two starts, including a track-record performance at 1 1/8 miles.

While he has never won on the turf, Catch the Luck has finished second or third in each of his five starts on the grass.

"There's no place else for him to go," said Frostad. "I entered him in a nonwinners-of-three other than on the Polytrack, but it didn't fill. He's doing really well right now, and he gets in light, so we'll take a shot with him."

Double Malt snaps back

Double Malt, who had come up short while facing the best in her division this year, found a return to the Ontario-sired ranks to be the right tonic when she captured the $125,800 Passing Mood here Wednesday evening.

Owned by Mike Ambler and partners and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Double Malt prevailed by a half-length under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.

The Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies, was Double Malt's first appearance in an Ontario-sired race since she captured the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean here last fall.

"After she won the South Ocean, we started thinking about the Woodbine Oaks," said Pierce. "We were running in all the open races, trying to get her ready."

Even after she finished last of 13 in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, the absence of the first two finishers, Milwaukee Appeal and Tasty Temptation, prompted Pierce to bring back Double Malt in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City. This time Double Malt finished fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths.

"We got trapped again," said Pierce. "Then I finally got smart enough to put her in the right race. I really don't think the turf was a big deal to her, it was getting back to Ontario-sired company."

Pierce has two Ontario-sired options for Double Malt's next appearance. The $125,000 Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, will be run here Aug. 16, and the $125,000 Eternal Search, a 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-old fillies, goes Aug. 22.

Cawaja Beach OK after return

Cawaja Beach, a triple stakes winner and undefeated in four outings at 2, finished fourth when she made her first start since Oct. 1 in the Passing Mood. It was her first race on grass.

"I was a little uneasy watching her," said Scott Fairlie, who trains Cawaja Beach for his own Ace Racing Stable and partners Hard Eight Stables. "She was slipping and sliding out there. She basically didn't get her footing until the sixteenth pole. Galloping out, she blew by them."

Cawaja Beach, who had undergone stem cell therapy to heal a lesion on her tendon, appeared to have come out of the Passing Mood in good order.

Options for her next start include the $150,000 Duchess, an open seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies here Aug. 8, and the Eternal Search.

Third straight for Edamame

Pierce and DaSilva also teamed up to win a later race on Wednesday with Edamame, an Ontario-sired 3-year-old filly owned by Windways Farm.

Edamame was winning her third consecutive race at the meeting, all in Polytrack sprints, while moving into open company for a first-level allowance at six furlongs.

"She ran a good race," said Pierce. "We're looking at the Rainbow Connection for her."

The $125,000 Rainbow Connection, a five-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward, will be run at Fort Erie on Aug. 16.