Updated on 09/16/2011 7:26AM

Quiet Resolve home for Connaught

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Quiet Resolve, Canada's Horse of the Year and grass champion in 2000, returns to Woodbine in Saturday's Grade 3 Connaught Cup, the first turf stakes of the meeting.

The 15-horse field also includes Dr. Kashnikow, who ships in from Maryland with solid credentials. The 68th running of the 1 1/16-mile Connaught is worth a record $178,500.

Quiet Resolve, a 7-year-old, has faced some of the top grass runners on the continent in his two outings this year. He finished fourth behind Touch of the Blues in the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April. Most recently, in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill, he raced wide en route to a seventh-place finish behind Beat Hollow.

"They were good efforts in two of the best turf races of the year," said trainer Mark Frostad. "The Maker's Mark was his first start of the year, and he probably needed it. The turf was a little on the soft side at Churchill, but he ran well. He was only beaten 3 3/4 lengths."

Quiet Resolve breezed five furlongs over the training track here Sunday in 1:00, to Frostad's satisfaction.

"He's in good order," Frostad said. "He's certainly as good as he was last year."

Dr. Kashnikow, a Canadian-bred 5-year-old, has never run north of the border. He won 5 of 8 starts in 2001, including victories in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga and the Grade 3 River City Handicap at Churchill.

Dr. Kashnikow has made one start this year, in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Handicap April 27 at Aqueduct, in which he finished fourth after being impeded in the stretch.

Richard Dos Ramos rides Dr. Kashnikow for trainer John Fisher, who captured the 1996 Halton Stakes here with Plenty of Sugar.

Trainer Mike Doyle will saddle Gone Fishin, a 6-year-old he claimed for $50,000 on March 17 at the Fair Grounds. Gone Fishin won that 1 1/16-mile race by five lengths in front-running style.

Doyle said he bypassed a subsequent allowance race at Keeneland with Gone Fishin because of the presence of Strut the Stage. He ended up running him back in the 5 1/2-furlong Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland, and was pleased with the horse's fourth-place finish.

Last time, in the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill, Gone Fishin rallied wide to finish a half-length back in third.

"He's sound and in good order," said Doyle. "I just hope I didn't confuse him by sprinting him too much."

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