07/19/2001 12:00AM

Kimberlite Pipe enjoying career revival on turf


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Denying Quiet Resolve, Canada's reigning horse of the year and champion turf male, a second straight victory in Sunday's Grade 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy at Woodbine will be a difficult task.

But if any horse is up to the challenge of dethroning Quiet Resolve, it's Kimberlite Pipe.

"He's doing very well," said trainer Mike Wright Jr., who trains Kimberlite Pipe for Prairie Star Racing and John Gunther. "He was always a good horse; the owners are happy to see his form come around again."

Kimberlite Pipe, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old by Take Me Out of the Storm Bird mare Rajas Secret, had been thrust into the North American spotlight when he won the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby back on March 14, 1999.

But after finishing a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby and a faltering eighth after contesting a suicidal pace in the Preakness, Kimberlite Pipe was absent for 10 months before resurfacing with back-to-back money-allowance victories at Fair Grounds and Keeneland.

Kimberlite Pipe then went into another tailspin and lost 10 straight races before being shipped up to Wright this spring with a long-term eye on the $1 million Atto Mile, a Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and upward here Sept. 9.

He has since turned in three strong efforts, all on turf, finishing third behind the talented invader Del Mar Show in a division of the 1 1/16-mile Connaught Cup and second to Quiet Resolve in the 1 1/8-mile King Edward Breeders' Cup before finally rediscovering a winning touch in the 1 1/4- mile prep for the Hong Kong Trophy.

"I thought he ran an excellent race," said Wright, who had watched Kimberlite Pipe control the pace and lead throughout under rider Patrick Husbands.

A field of seven has been entered for the Hong Kong Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race which will offer a purse of $273,500.

That distance will represent Kimberlite Pipe's longest test to date, but Wright does not believe the additional yardage will pose a problem and takes heart in the fact that his horse gets in with 115 pounds, nine pounds less than topweighted Quiet Resolve.

Three Wonders coming from Chicago

The Hong Kong Trophy picked up a surprise entrant Thursday, Three Wonders, who currently is based at Arlington Park.

A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt owned by Mark Stanley and trained by Elliott Walden, Three Wonders won the Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup over 1 1/8 miles of turf at Delaware Park last July and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes over 1 1/2 miles of turf in Chicago on July 1.

Jim McKnight gets the call on Three Wonders, who will carry 119 pounds.

Rounding out the field will be the locally based Allende, Certainly Classic, Muntej, and River Boat.

Coughs idle two Biancone horses

Glyndebourne, who was expected to ship in from Saratoga for the Hong Kong Trophy, did not make the trip. Trainer Patrick Biancone, who also had Trailthefox slated for Saturday's Bold Venture, said both horses were coughing.

Another Bold Venture candidate who was among the missing at entry time was One Way Love, Canada's champion older male and champion sprinter last year for owners Bruno Schickedanz and John Hillier and trainer Abraham Katryan.

"We decided there was no point running against ourselves, and just to run Tempered Appeal," said Katryan. "He might be a little fitter."

Tempered Appeal was claimed by Schickedanz for $80,000 here July 8 and will be debuting for his new interests.

Meanwhile, One Way Love, who has not seen action since last November, could return in the $50,000 Expedite Plus, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward at Fort Erie on Aug. 6. He also is a candidate for the $125,000 Shepperton, a 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Aug. 18.

Three Belmont horses arrive

Macward, Yes We Do, and Cielovation, all owned by Marvin Malmuth and trained by Ian Jory, checked in from Belmont on Thursday morning for some summer campaigning here.

Macward, a 5-year-old gelding, is a turf specialist who has won 4 of 28 starts and $330,222. Yes We Do is a 4-year-old filly who also favors grass and has won 2 of 16 outings and $90,902. Sielovation is an unraced 2-year-old colt.

Two in a row for Highland Mood

Favored Highland Mood notched her second consecutive stakes win in the $104,400 Passing Mood Wednesday night at Woodbine.

Highland Mood extended her unbeaten streak to four in the seven-furlong turf dash, in which she tracked front-running Crumpet through moderate early fractions. She took control nearing the eighth pole and was never threatened thereafter, getting home on top by 1 3/4 lengths over a closing Moonlight Affair.

Marjorie Daw was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third in the six-horse field of sophomore fillies. Devastating was a late scratch. The final time was 1:23.46.

"She does whatever you ask her," said David Clark, who rode the winner. "She was a little sharper last time and was right on the lead. She relaxed well today, and when I asked her, she came home running."

Highland Mood ($3) earned $62,640 for Hali Stable and Norseman Racing Stable and trainer Bob Tiller.

* Trainer Mark Casse has appealed the result of the July 8 Shady Well, where he sent out Western Resolve to finish second and Tricksand to end last in the field of seven. The stewards held an inquiry into possible interference at the start of the race by winner Ginger Gold, but ruled there were no infractions.

The appeal will be heard here Aug. 22.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink