05/18/2007 11:00PM

Frosty Secret finds soft stakes prep


MIAMI - Trainer Henry Collazo said last week his main goal for Frosty Secret is the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes here July 7. He just wasn't sure what path he'd take to get him there.

Collazo thought about using a couple of stakes races on the Belmont Stakes undercard, including the seven-furlong Grade 2 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup Stakes, as a final prep for the Carry Back. Instead he's opted for a much softer spot, Monday's $28,000 second-level allowance feature at Calder, which is carded for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Frosty Secret has blossomed at 3 for Collazo. The son of Put It Back was beaten by a nose in the OBS Sprint on Feb. 12 and defeated Preakness starter C P West by a similar margin under entry-level allowance conditions at Gulfstream Park on March 31. He then finished a game third despite an unlucky trip in the Grade 3 Withers on April 28. Frosty Secret made a couple of runs at the leaders in the one-mile Withers after jockey Cornelio Velasquez lost an iron leaving the starting gate.

Frosty Secret, who worked a bullet half-mile in 47.60 seconds here last week, figures to be a heavy favorite in a field that includes Pop Goes the Tiger, Dippi Trippi, Super Whipper, Fizzy Pop, and Izzie's Halo. Frosty Secret will be reunited with regular local rider Elvis Trujillo on Monday.

Izzie's Halo could give Frosty Secret a run for his money. He also has kept good company of late, having shown early speed before tiring in the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland and the Derby Trial at Churchill prior to shipping here to trainer David Fawkes earlier this month. A son of Halo's Image, Izzie's Halo also was second behind Hard Spun earlier this winter in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds.

Like Frosty Secret, both Pop Goes the Tiger and Dippi Trippi will return to the allowance ranks following a steady diet of stakes competition.

Tacit Agreement romps by 15

Tacit Agreement added Saturday's $50,000 Maryland My Maryland to his one-sided victory two weeks earlier in the My Old Kentucky Home Stakes, drawing off to a 15-length triumph over four overmatched rivals, including his old nemesis A. J. Melini.

Under confident handling by jockey Carlos Olivero, Tacit Agreement ($3.20) easily ran by the leaders after the opening mile of the 1 3/16-mile Maryland My Maryland, then readily extended his advantage while kept under pressure to the end. A. J. Melini, who won this race by seven lengths a year ago, proved no match for Tacit Agreement but finished second ahead of Maraquero. He also was runner-up in the My Old Kentucky Home.

Tacit Agreement will attempt to sweep Calder's "Senior Triple" with a victory in the 1 1/2-mile New York New York Stakes on June 9.