Updated on 09/15/2011 2:10PM

Quiet Resolve needs strong Shadwell Mile


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Quiet Resolve nearly jumped up and stunned the racing world last fall. Dismissed at almost 42-1 in the Breeders' Cup Turf, he finished only a half-length behind the victorious Kalanisi.

Six races later, Quiet Resolve has been something of a disappointment for his owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm, having won just once. But when Quiet Resolve, a 6-year-old gelding, starts Sunday as a contender in the $500,000, Grade 2 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile, he may be peaking right in time for the World Thoroughbred Championships.

"I'm hoping I'll have a ton of horse turning for home," said Robby Albarado, who has ridden Quiet Resolve on numerous occasions. "The times I've ridden him, he's finished up real nice for me."

Quiet Resolve, trained by Mark Frostad, finished poorly in the Aug. 18 Arlington Million two starts back, but otherwise has been a gem of consistency for two years. Albarado believes a big race Sunday could result in another BC berth for him, whether it is in the BC Mile or Turf.

The Keeneland Mile also should determine the Breeders' Cup status for quite a few of the nine starters. Probably the most highly rated is Hap, the chestnut colt who was second in the Million and is probably trainer Bill Mott's top hope for the Breeders' Cup.

Other serious contenders are North East Bound, the BC Mile runner-up last fall, and Brahms, who gets a rider switch to Gary Stevens after having been ridden by Pat Day in six of his last seven starts.

Clement sends Penny's Gold after the boys

They do it with regularity in Europe. So it should come as little surprise that even though Penny's Gold, owned by Overbrook Farm, has never run against males in five starts in the U.S., trainer Chris Clement did not hesitate to run her in the Keeneland Mile.

Clement has said the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf is too far for Penny's Gold. If Penny's Gold, a 4-year-old Kingmambo filly, runs well in the Keeneland Mile, then it would be no surprise if Clement wheeled her back against the boys in the BC Mile.

A mild upset by Penny's Gold would make the day a memorable one for Overbrook's W.T. Young, since the farm also is sponsoring the Spinster.

Sycamore Stakes comes up strong

While the Spinster and Keeneland Mile are the obvious top draws Sunday, one of the undercard races deserves attention, too.

It is the fourth race, the $150,000 Sycamore Stakes. Three of the starters in the 1 1/2-mile turf race are millionaires: John's Call, Honor Glide, and Chorwon. Along with Rochester, an impressive recent winner for Jonathan Sheppard, they form the core of a terrific field of eight older marathoners.

Also carded Sunday is the first running of the $75,000 Storm Cat Stakes (race seven), which drew a field of four, headed by Miss Seffens and The Happy Hopper.

The most notable starter in a non-stakes race Sunday probably is Holiday Thunder, the likely favorite in the third, a $56,000 allowance route.

First pick five handles 28G

The first pick five wager in Keeneland history returned $1,345 for a $1 wager Friday. Conducted on races four through eight, the winning numbers were 7-9-7-6-2. The bet handled $28,883.

Contrary to what Keeneland officials had once intended, the pick five indeed has a carryover provision with no consolation winners. For example, if no one picks all five winners, the entire pool will carry over to the next day, minus the 16 percent takeout. Before settling on this format, Keeneland was going to implement the bet with a daily "best-of" winner and no carryover.

*The exodus to Keeneland from various racing venues this fall may have been felt strongest in the jockeys' room at Arlington Park. Even though the Arlington meet runs through Oct. 28, four of the top riders at the Chicago-area track defected for the higher purses here: Albarado, Mark Guidry, Lonnie Meche, and Marlon St. Julien. All will continue on to the Churchill Downs fall meet that runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 24.

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