08/30/2001 11:00PM

Quiet Resolve looks sharp in Atto work


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Quiet Resolve drilled five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on the turf training track at Woodbine Friday morning in his final major tune-up for next Sunday's Atto Mile.

The Atto Mile, a turf race for

3-year-olds and upward, is a Grade 1 stakes with a purse of $1 million.

Quiet Resolve, who won the 1999 Atto Mile when first-place finisher Hawksley Hill was disqualified, struggled over yielding going in the recent Arlington Million, but his sharp move Friday, which came over a course rated "good" with the dogs out, suggests he's none the worse for the experience.

Todd Kabel, who was aboard for the training session, retains the mount for the Atto Mile on Quiet Resolve, who is trained by Mark Frostad for Sam-Son Farm.

Blast of Storm, who shipped up from Barbados last month for a fall turf campaign, also worked well Friday morning and is scheduled to make his second local appearance in the Atto Mile. With jockey Jono Jones aboard, Blast of Storm was clocked in 59 seconds for five furlongs.

Blast of Storm, owned by Sally Arbib and trained by Bill Marshall, won the Barbados Gold Cup in March and then was pointed for a fall campaign here.

A 5-year-old Irish-bred who began his career in his homeland, Blast of Storm had been under consideration for the Sept. 1 Niagara Breeders' Cup. But he instead surfaced in a one-mile classified turf allowance here Aug. 24, finishing 10 lengths back as the sixth-place finisher in a field of eight that featured several Atto Mile hopefuls.

"I just wanted him to go have a look at the track," said Marshall. "He's settled in and doing well now."

Jones, who was Blast of Storm's regular rider in Barbados, confirmed that the horse's local debut was not a true indicator.

"He needed the race big-time," said Jones. "I know he's a good horse. I've ridden some of the good horses around here, and I don't think they have anything on him."

Jones also was aboard Alexis, who worked six furlongs in 1:14.60 on the turf training course.

A 5-year-old owned by D. Morgan Firestone and trained by Cliff Hopmans, Alexis is headed for the Grade 2 $200,000, Canadian Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares that is a supporting feature on the Atto Mile card.

Alexis also is eyeing the Grade 1 $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a

1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares in which she finished a close and troubled fourth last year when trained by Mac Benson.

Red Sea still Atto-bound

Red Sea, seventh in a turf allowance on Aug. 24, remains a possibility for the Atto Mile.

"That race baffled me," said Roger Attfield, who trains Red Sea for Newgate Stud Company, executors of the estate of Prince Fahd Salman. "He had no excuses whatsoever, physically."

Red Sea, impressive winner of the Connaught Cup here this spring, was making his first start in almost 11 weeks, and Attfield said he believes that a poor workout and an unfavorable trip could have been factors in the dull effort.

"He had a really tardy work going into that race, which I didn't like at all," said the trainer, referring to Red Sea's five-furlong breeze of 1:04.20 on a good training track here Aug. 19. "He needed a stout work, and that didn't help his cause.

"And in the race, he was running out in the open. He'd never run that way before; he'd been kept covered up.

"It's hard to go into a race like that [the Atto Mile] off his last race," Attfield continued. "But he's training beautifully, and if he works back well I think I'm going to have to go in there anyway."

Sweetest Thing to skip Halton

Sweetest Thing, winner of the Breeders' Stakes over 1 1/2 miles of turf for Attfield here last time out, had been under consideration for Monday's Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward that is one of six $100,000 yearling sales stakes on the card.

But Attfield, who also is a co-owner of Sweetest Thing along with Mickey Canino and Bill Werner, will reserve the filly for the $250,000 Wonder Where, a

1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 29.

"It's sort of hard going from a mile and a half to a mile and an eighth, then coming back to a mile and a quarter," said Attfield. "It's probably not the most sensible way to manage her."

Attfield also notes there are plenty of opportunities later this fall for Sweetest Thing, who he believes could have a serious future.

"She's doing exceptionally well," he said. "She's done everything asked of her, outside of that race where she bled."

Sweetest Thing has won three of her four starts and has been running on Lasix after faltering to finish seventh in her second outing.