08/01/2001 11:00PM

Frostad takes three shots on Million Day


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad are planning a major invasion of Arlington Park on Aug. 18, with candidates for all three Grade 1 turf stakes on the Illinois racetrack's biggest day of the year.

Quiet Resolve, Canada's reigning horse of the year and champion turf male, is intended for the Arlington Million, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Only to You is bound for the $700,000 Beverly D, a 1 3/16-mile race for fillies and mares, while Strut the Stage is slated for the $400,000 Secretariat, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds.

Todd Kabel, the leading rider here, has the call on all three Woodbine-based runners.

Quiet Resolve, a 6-year-old gelding by Affirmed, is coming off a disappointing third-place finish in the Grade 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy over 1 3/8 miles on turf here July 22.

An Ontario-bred homebred, Quiet Resolve will be Frostad's first starter in the Arlington Million. Chief Bearhart was entered in the 1997 running but was scratched after coming down with a fever on the morning of the race.

Sam-Son Farm came very close to tasting Arlington Million glory when Sky Classic, who was trained by Jim Day, was beaten a head by Dear Doctor in 1992.

The stable's only other Million entrant was Regal Classic, owned in partnership with Windfields Farm, who finished last of 14 in the 1988 Arlington Million. The '88 Million was run here at Woodbine while the Arlington grandstand was being rebuilt after having been destroyed by fire three years earlier.

Only to You, a Kentucky-bred

5-year-old by Lord at War, became a stakes winner in the Grade 3 Nassau over 1 1/16 miles soft going here June 3 and then was a rallying third in the Grade 3 Dance Smartly at 1 1/8 miles on good turf July 7. She finished fifth, beaten just 3 3/4 lengths over yielding ground, in last year's running of the Beverly D.

Sam-Son also has been represented in the Beverly D. by the entry of Dance Smartly and Radiant Ring, who finished third and last, respectively, in the 13-horse field in 1992, and by Dancing on a Cloud, who won the 1987 renewal before the race had attained its current major status.

Strut the Stage, a Kentucky-bred colt by Theatrical, is perfect in three starts this year, including a 3 1/2-length romp in the Grade 3 Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles of turf here July 14. Frostad and Sam-Son were represented in last year's Secretariat by Think Red, who finished sixth.

Alabama possible for Plate winner

Team Sam-Son could be going to battle on another Grade 1 front Aug. 18 as Dancethruthedawn is under consideration for Saratoga's $750,000 Alabama, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Dancethruthedawn, who won the Queen's Plate here June 24 but lost her chance at a Canadian Triple Crown when second to Win City in the July 22 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, also has been nominated to the $500,000 Breeders here Aug. 11.

Sam-Son also has nominated Lucky Old Sun and Fly Smartly to the Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile turf race which is the Canadian Triple Crown finale.

Lucky Old Sun, a colt by Sky Classic out of Radiant Ring, was the second-place finisher in Sam-Son's sweep of the top three spots here in last fall's Cup and Saucer over 1 1/16 miles of turf. He has started twice this season, finishing second and then third in entry-level turf allowance races at 1 1/16 miles and a mile.

Fly Smartly has seen action just twice and is coming off a hard-fought maiden win over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf.

Frostad also reports that Lucky Scarab, the maiden who finished fifth as part of the Sam-Son entry in the Plate but then disappointed when trying turf for the first time, is out for the year. The trainer cited "wear and tear" as the cause.

Devastating cruises in stakes

Devastating turned back a stretch bid from favored Moonlight Affair to capture Wednesday's $100,000 Eternal Search Stakes.

Devastating set pressured fractions of 23.54 and 47.57 seconds in the 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. She opened up a two-length lead heading into the far turn, and easily held off Moonlight Affair in the drive to score by three lengths.

Classy Daniela finished another 4 1/2 lengths back in third. The final time was 1:44.71.

"She has a lot of heart," said Frank Todd Jr., who rode the winner. "She doesn't wait too much on horses, but she needs them around her to stay focused. When she heard that other horse coming in the stretch, she gave me an extra gear."

Devastating ($4.20) earned $63,000 in her first stakes triumph for Orange Blossom Stable and trainer Robbie King Jr.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink