09/06/2001 12:00AM

Irish Prize draws far outside for Atto Mile


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A new favorite for the Grade 1 Atto Mile may have emerged Thursday after Irish Prize, who had been expected to rule the choice in a wide-open race, drew the outside post in a field of 14.

Irish Prize, who will be seeking his fourth straight graded turf stakes victory, was the early favorite in Sunday's $1 million turf race at Woodbine. But Irish Prize's unfavorable draw, combined with his highweight assignment of 124 pounds under the allowance conditions, may lead the public to lean slightly toward Affirmed Success.

Accordingly, Daily Racing Form's Ron Gierkink has made Affirmed Success the tepid 3-1 morning-line choice with Irish Prize right behind at 7-2.

Affirmed Success, a close third after being shuffled back in the early going of last year's Atto Mile, will be looking for his third win in as many starts this season. His most recent success came in the Poker at Belmont on July 4.

Based in New York with trainer Rick Schosberg, Affirmed Success gets in with 119 pounds and will begin from post 9 under Jerry Bailey.

Gary Stevens retains the mount on Irish Prize, a California invader trained by Neil Drysdale. Stevens has ridden Irish Prize three times and emerged victorious on each occasion, most recently in the July 4 Firecracker at Churchill Downs.

Brahms and Slew Valley could be the only other runners at single-digits odds, with Brahms third choice at 5-1 and Slew Valley at 8-1.

Brahms, who became a Grade 1 winner via disqualification in last fall's Hollywood Derby, has been based at Saratoga with trainer Elliott Walden. He will break from post 11 under 117 pounds and regular rider Pat Day.

Slew Valley, trained in Maryland by Michael Dickinson, will be cutting back in distance after finishing second in Belmont's Bowling Green and third in Saratoga's Sword Dancer. Mario Pino has the mount on Slew Valley, who also carries 117 pounds and drew the No. 7 post.

Rounding out the field, in post order, will be Kimberlite Pipe, Ramon Dominguez; Quiet Resolve, Todd Kabel; City West, Shane Sellers; Red Sea, Emile Ramsammy; Dawson's Legacy, Constant Montpellier; Numerous Times, Patrick Husbands; Alea Iacta Est, Jim McKnight; Blast of Storm, Jono Jones; Wake At Noon, David Clark; and Hard Currency, Richard Dos Ramos.

Quiet Resolve, winner of the 1999 Atto Mile via disqualification, will be the second highweight at 121 pounds.