09/15/2009 11:00PM

Frostad, Sam-Son look for upset

Michael Burns
Grand Adventure will try to become the first 3-year-old to win the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sunday in only his fifth career start.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Frostad and Sam-Son Farm have been the most prolific participants in the brief history of the Woodbine Mile, with 13 starters in the first 12 runnings.

Frostad and Sam-Son did miss two Woodbine Miles in recent years but had got ahead of the curve with two entrants on three occasions and won the race with Quiet Resolve in 1999 and Soaring Free in 2004.

On Sunday, the outfit will be looking to record a Woodbine Mile upset with Grand Adventure, who will seek to become the first 3-year-old to win the Grade 1, $1 million feature.

Grand Adventure also is the most lightly raced member of the prospective Woodbine Mile field, with just four starts under his belt.

"I am concerned whether he's seasoned enough," Frostad said. "He's running against some seasoned horses."

After his winning debut here over seven furlongs on turf on Aug. 30, 2008, Grand Adventure jumped into stakes company for the Grade 3 Summer and scored by a head under Eurico Rosa Da Silva to earn a guaranteed spot in Santa Anita's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Things did not pan out for Grand Adventure in California as he broke from the outside in the field of 12, retreated to finish 10th after being close early, and emerged with an injury that sent him to the sidelines.

"He was in Kentucky for a while, then came down to the farm in Florida," Frostad said. "I had him in New Orleans for a brief time, but he still wasn't right. I gave him all the time he needed."

Grand Adventure did not come into Woodbine until mid-June, and Frostad had him on no particular timetable.

"I didn't know how he'd progress, but he progressed very rapidly," he said. "Every time we worked him, he got better and better."

On Aug. 26, Grand Adventure made his first start in 10 months and came from just off the pace to comfortably defeat five older rivals in a $62,500 optional claiming/second-level allowance race.

"I was just hoping for a good effort," Frostad said. "He ran a huge race.

"The Mile always was in the back of my mind. Even now, time's running out, but I don't see any other spots for him that are logical at this particular time.

"He's surpassed our expectations before. Maybe he'll do it again."

Ginger Brew targets Spinster

Ginger Brew, who had been under consideration for Sunday's Canadian, will instead be heading to Keeneland for the Spinster on Oct. 11.

The Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, while the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster goes over the same distance on Polytrack.

"We want to leave her on Polytrack, and there's not much left for her up here," said Brian Lynch, who trains Ginger Brew for Stronach Stable.

Ginger Brew has won four of her five starts on the synthetic surface here, with her lone loss coming in last June's 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate.

After finishing second behind Points of Grace in the Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile turf race here July 11, Ginger Brew returned to the main track for a front-running score in the 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone on Aug. 15.

Ginger Brew will be appearing in the Spinster with a possible eye toward the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

Bridgetown tries out local turf

Bridgetown, a Florida-bred owned by Eugene Melnyk, galloped over the main turf course here Wednesday morning in preparation for the Summer Stakes.

Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Summer for 2-year-olds and the Grade 3, $150,000 Natalma for 2-year-old fillies both are one-mile turf races that offer the winners automatic berths in their respective Breeders' Cup events.

Bridgetown, trained by Ken McPeek, finished second when debuting over five furlongs on turf at Churchill Downs on June 27 and then was a convincing 5 1/2-length winner over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Saratoga in his second and most recent start on Aug. 14.

"He's doing fantastic," said assistant trainer Jordan Blair, who is here with Bridgetown. "He's settled in real nice. He's learning to relax and finish."

Robert Landry has picked up the mount on Bridgetown, who will have nine opponents in the Summer.

Elusive Galaxy heading to Cecil

Elusive Galaxy, who made her first three starts in Ireland, has been sold to Three Chimneys Racing LLC and Triple B Farms and will make her North American debut in the Natalma.

Gerald Lyons will be the trainer of record on Saturday, but Elusive Galaxy is headed for trainer Ben Cecil's barn and is scheduled to return to California along with Ferneley, who is shipping in to represent Cecil in the Woodbine Mile.

Rafael Bejarano has the calls on both Elusive Galaxy and Ferneley.

Elusive Galaxy is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Debutante, a seven-furlong race at Leopardstown on Aug. 6. She will be racing on Lasix in the Natalma, which attracted a field of nine.

Milwaukee Appeal eyes stakes

Milwaukee Appeal, who finished 11 lengths behind Careless Jewel in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga last time out, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 under jockey Michelle Rainford here Wednesday morning.

Trained by Scott Fairlie, Milwaukee Appeal is nominated to both the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 26, and the Grade 2, $750,000 Cotillion, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 3.

"I'm leaning toward the Selene," Fairlie said. "But that doesn't mean I won't go to Philadelphia."

Careless Jewel, based here with trainer Josie Carroll, and Hooh Why, currently here with part owner and assistant trainer Mark Hoffman, also are nominated to both the Selene and the Cotillion and are on the fence.