Updated on 09/16/2011 7:50AM

Jockey Kabel picks Quiet Resolve


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jockey Todd Kabel had a difficult decision to make regarding which Sam-Son Farm runner to ride on Sunday.

Kabel could have ridden Ford Every Stream in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Erie, but opted instead to ride the 7-year-old stalwart, Quiet Resolve, the favorite in the $336,300 Chinese Cultural Center Stakes at Woodbine.

"I have a full card here that day," said Kabel. "The way the purses are now, you have a lot to lose when you go away for a day. I like the old horse. He's proven. He's been working really well, and I like his chances."

The Grade 2 race, formerly the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes, has attracted a nine-horse field, for the 1 3/8 miles on the grass.

Quiet Resolve, the 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year, has run four good races this year for trainer Mark Frostad. Two starts ago, he blew away the opposition with a 3 3/4-length triumph in the Connaught Cup Stakes. He is coming off a second-place finish to Moon Solitaire in the King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Kabel said the soft ground in the Grade 2 King Edward encumbered Quiet Resolve's chances.

"That wasn't him," Kabel said. "He didn't fire. He barely held on for second. The turf was too soft for him. We do need some rain on the course because it's been really hard, but I just hope we don't get a lot of rain before Sunday."

Quiet Resolve is coupled with Strike Smartly, who was a wide seventh inthe 1 1/8-mile King Edward with Laurie Gulas aboard.

Facing off against the Sam-Son entry will be Lodge Hill, Going Boldly, Speed of Light, Muntej, Stage Classic, Allende and No Comprende.

No Comprende, who had a breakthrough season in 2001, has been even better this year. After taking his opener on the dirt, No Comprende finished second in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup, and was beaten just a head by Quiet Resolve for second in the King Edward.

No Comprende made a premature wide bid for the lead on the far turn in the allowance prep for this race, and finished two lengths back in fourth.

"He had a bad trip last time," said trainer James Smith. "If we can keep him covered up behind horses, and try to rate him a little more, heshould have a fairly good shot here."

After a one-race absence, Jack Lauzon reacquires the mount on No Comprende.

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