05/12/2007 12:00AM

Frosty Secret looks sharp in workout


MIAMI - Frosty Secret, who finished a game but troubled third in the Withers in his last start, got back to serious business on Saturday morning when he worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds at Calder Race Course for trainer Henry Collazo.

Frosty Secret was victimized by an eventful beginning in the Grade 3 Withers after jockey Cornelio Velasquez lost an iron leaving the starting gate. Frosty Secret rushed up the rail once he recovered only to get steadied back to the rear of the pack. He then gamely reasserted himself along the inside through the stretch to finish third behind the undefeated Divine Park and the Grade 2 stakes-placed C P West. Frosty Secret had defeated C P West under first-level allowance conditions at Gulfstream Park in his previous start.

"He dropped back, rushed up the inside, fell back again after Divine Park laid on us, then rallied a second time through the stretch," said Collazo, who is also a part owner of Frosty Secret. "Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, the same way the race was in Ocala when he rallied from off the pace. It shows he's not one dimensional and gives me more options with him down the road."

Collazo said his ultimate goal this summer for Frosty Secret is the Grade 2, $300,000 Carry Back Stakes here on July 7.

"The question now is how to get him there," said Collazo. "I do have a couple of options coming up in New York, including the Woody Stephens [a Grade 2 on June 9], but a lot will depend on what the size and quality of the field looks like."

Soldier's Dancer, winner of the Grade 3 Calder Derby here on New Year's Day, was also on Saturday's tab, breezing an easy five furlongs in 1:03.60. Soldier's Dancer is coming off a victory in the Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on April 7.

Just for Keeps begins comeback

A pair of first-level allowance races highlight Monday's nine-race program. The fourth race, at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, features a rematch of Bargain Barry, Quistopher, and Swift Mercedes, the first three finishers in an optional claiming race on opening day of the meet.

The eighth race, for 3-year-old fillies, features the return of Just for Keeps, who has been sidelined since winning her only start by six widening lengths here last summer for trainer Michael McDonald.