07/02/2006 11:00PM

Improving Frambroise in good spot


Prince Faisal bin Salman hasn't yet come close to the racing achievements of his late brother, Ahmed, whose Thoroughbred Corp. won two legs of the Triple Crown in back-to-back years with Point Given and War Emblem.

But Prince Faisal has done well with several horses he has sent to America, most prominently Olaya, who won the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct last fall.

Another Prince Faisal-owned turf runner, the 4-year-old filly Frambroise, figures to be favored when she makes her third North American start in Wednesday's eighth-race feature at Delaware Park, a $35,000 optional claimer with third-level allowance conditions. The 1 1/16-mile turf race drew 13 horses, including two entered for the main track only.

Graham Motion said that Frambroise, who won 3 of 7 starts racing at provincial tracks in France, has been something of an overachiever since arriving in the United States.

"To be honest, Frambroise has been a pleasant surprise," Motion said. "I don't think they had high expectations for her when she came over here. But for whatever reason, she has flourished since she came over to America. I think if she continues to go the way she has run so far, I am hopeful she could be stakes caliber."

In her first start for Motion, an optional claimer at Pimlico in late May, Frambroise had to check in the midst of her rally from far back, yet still managed to finish in a dead heat for third.

came back to run second, beaten only three-quarters of a length, to Society Hostess, a Christophe Clement-trained filly who returned to win a minor stakes at Belmont Park in her next start.

Frambroise will have to deal with for the third straight time in Wednesday's race. Enter Stage Left, 2 for 3 over Delaware's turf course, finished a half-length in front of Frambroise at Pimlico, but was 4 3/4 lengths behind her in the rematch three weeks ago at Delaware.

Motion said he was given the the opportunity to train a few of Prince Faisal's horses thanks to his friendship with Paul Webber, who manages the prince's European racing operation.

Prince Faisal, the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, is a nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.

Prince Faisal's best horse in America is the 4-year-old turf filly Olaya, who has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 U.S. starts. According to Motion, Olaya is being pointed to the $300,000 Robert Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup, a 1 3/8-mile turf race, on July 15 at Delaware.