10/17/2001 11:00PM

Numerous Times leads 5-horse Canadian contingent for Cup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Five Woodbine-based runners are among the 104 horses pre-entered for the World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup.

Heading the list is Numerous Times, winner of the Atto Mile and a contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Quiet Resolve and Lodge Hill have been pre-entered for the Turf, A Fleets Dancer for the Classic, and Jealous Forum for the Juvenile Fillies.

Numerous Times, owned by The Committee Stable and trained by Sid Attard, is undefeated in six starts, all under jockey Patrick Husbands.

While his pre-entry in the Mile was expected, some eyebrows were raised when Numerous Times also showed up as a second-preference candidate for the Classic.

"That was just in case he didn't get into the other one," said Bob Harvey, a principal in The Committee Stable. "I wasn't positive [he'd get into the Mile], because I had to compete with the Europeans."

Two mounts for Husbands

While Numerous Times will be the first Breeders' Cup entrant for his owners and trainer, Husbands made his Breeders' Cup debut last year aboard Williams News, who finished last of 13 in the Turf at Churchill Downs.

Husbands also has the mount on Jealous Forum, who is owned by the Mockingbird Farm of Harry T. Mangurian Jr. and trained by Mark Casse.

Jealous Forum has started five times, all here at Woodbine, winning the five-furlong My Dear in June and finishing second in the Grade 1 Mazarine over 1 1/16 miles in her last outing Sept. 22.

"I liked her last race," said Casse. "We felt that she wasn't 100 percent; we thought she was around 75-80 percent.

"I thought one of the reasons she got beat the last time was she kind of made the lead a little early and was gawking the last part of it. I think that race will really move her forward, and she's come back and trained really well."

Casse had another motive for entering Jealous Forum in the Breeders' Cup: a big performance there will enhance her status in the eyes of the Sovereign Award voters. Casse was hoping Ginger Gold, the filly to beat for divisional honors, also would show up in the Juvenile Fillies, but Ginger Gold was not pre-entered.

"To me, this is the only thing that she can go to do that gives her a chance [at a Sovereign Award]," said Casse, who will be saddling his second Breeders' Cup entrant. In 1994 he sent out End Sweep at Churchill Downs for the Sprint, only to see him get wiped out at the start and finish 11th in the field of 14.

Quiet Resolve takes familiar path

Quiet Resolve, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, will be making his second appearance in the Turf after being beaten a half-length at 41-1 as the runner-up last year.

Canada's reigning horse of the year, Quiet Resolve finished third in the Atto Mile and will enter the Turf off a fifth-place finish in the Keeneland Shadwell Turf Mile, the same race he used as his rather unconventional stepping-stone to the Turf in 2000.

Frostad also trained Quiet Resolve when he finished last of 14 in the 1999 Mile at Gulfstream, and saddled Chief Bearhart in three consecutive editions of the Turf, beginning in 1996.

After ending 11th of 14 at Woodbine in 1996, Chief Bearhart won the following year's renewal at Hollywood Park and then ran fourth at in 1998 Churchill Downs.

Also owned by Sam-Son Farm, Chief Bearhart was just the second Woodbine-based horse to win a Breeders' Cup race, joining Sam-Son's Dance Smartly, winner of the 1991 Distaff at Churchill Downs.

Dance Smartly was trained by Jim Day, who had 14 Breeders' Cup entrants for Sam-Son between 1984 and 1992.

England tries again

Lodge Hill, owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk and Iris Bristow and trained by Phil England, was the beneficiary of a double disqualification in the Canadian International. He finished fifth and was moved up to third place. England was represented in the 1999 Turf by Thornfield, who finished 13th of 14 after winning the International here. He also sent out Afleet, who finished 10th in the 1987 Classic at Hollywood Park and an unlucky third in the next year's Sprint at Churchill Downs. England trained the filly Apelia, who ran last of 14 in the 1993 Sprint at Santa Anita.

Tenth try for Attfield

A Fleets Dancer will be the 10th Breeders' Cup runner for trainer Roger Attfield, who came close with runner-up Play the King in the 1988 Sprint and closer with second-place finisher With Approval in the Turf at Belmont in 1990.

A Fleet Dancer's regular rider, Robert Landry, will be making his Breeders' Cup debut. Landry rode A Fleets Dancer to a sharp last-out score here in the 1 1/8 mile Durham Cup.

Local stakes a springboard

Woodbine's major fall turf races produced a healthy share of Breeders' Cup candidates.

In addition to Numerous Times and Quiet Resolve, Atto Mile runner-up Affirmed Success, fourth-place finisher Irish Prize, and sixth-place Brahms earned berths in the Mile.

Mutamam, winner of the Canadian International, joins Lodge Hill plus eighth-place finisher Slew the Red and 10th-place Slew Valley in the main body of the Turf. Slew Valley also competed in the Atto Mile, ending fifth.

Volga and Spring Oak, the two-three finishers in the E.P. Taylor Stakes, are in the lineup for the Filly and Mare Turf.

* Daily Racing Form will host a one-hour Breeders' Cup seminar here Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the second level of the grandstand. Handicappers Ron Gierkink and Jennifer Morrison will be the featured guests, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free copy of DRF's Breeders' Cup Advance edition.