Updated on 09/15/2011 12:56PM

Quiet Resolve ready to make noise

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It has been relatively quiet recently in the world of Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad.

The stable has not won a stakes since July 14, when Strut the Stage took the Toronto Cup, and will be represented by a pair of outsiders here this weekend with Strike Smartly going in Saturday's Niagara Breeders' Cup and Cryptic Response in Sunday's Seaway.

But Frostad will be looking to turn things around in a big way here Sept. 9 when Quiet Resolve, who has been concentrating on longer turf races, switches gears for the Grade 1, $1 million Atto Mile.

Quiet Resolve, Canada's reigning horse of the year and turf champion, is coming off a 10th-place finish in the Aug. 18 Arlington Million. Quiet Resolve finished 27 lengths back in the field of 12 over 1 1/4 miles of yielding turf.

"He just didn't handle that track," said Frostad. "He just doesn't like it real soft."

The Atto Mile certainly is not unfamiliar territory for Quiet Resolve, a 6-year-old gelding. The 1999 running of the race, which was the first under the Atto banner, marked Quiet Resolve's coming-out party.

Making his stakes debut there in his seventh career start, Quiet Resolve finished a head behind Hawksley Hill but was promoted to the top spot upon Hawksley Hill's disqualification.

While Frostad said he is not sure which direction Quiet Resolve's campaign may take beyond the Atto Mile, the gelding is not nominated to the Grade 1 Canadian International here Sept. 30.

But the barn will have a very live representative for that $1.5 million, 1 1/2-mile turf race in Strut the Stage, the 3-year-old who is coming off a nose defeat in the Grade 1 Secretariat on Arlington Million Day.

"Again, it was very soft turf, and he had go way wide," said Frostad. "He was lengths the best, I think."

Only to You, who finished fourth in the same day's Beverly D., is Sam-Son's candidate for the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, the $500,000, 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares that is the companion feature to the International.

A 5-year-old mare, Only to You ended 9 3/4 lengths back over the 1 3/16 miles on turf, but was a nose behind third-place Spook Express and two lengths behind runner-up The Seven Seas.

Only to You also has been nominated to the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap, a $200,000, 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Atto Mile Day.

Frostad said he is unsure of the next race for Dancethruthedawn, who finished fourth last time out in Saratoga's Alabama, but he mentioned Philadelphia Park's Oct. 6 Cotillion Handicap as a possibility. The Grade 2 Cotillion is a $250,000, 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

In the meantime, Strike Smartly will be among nine runners in Saturday's $335,100 Niagara, a Grade 2, 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Strike Smartly, a 4-year-old colt by Mr. Prospector out of Classy 'n Smart, has been kept on the turf this year and has recorded a win and two third-place finishes in three allowance races.

"He gets in with not a whole lot of weight," said Frostad, citing Strike Smartly's 110-pound assignment. "We'll see what happens."

Win City back working

Win City, whose Travers trip was canceled after he suffered a slightly sprained left front ankle that cost him five days of training, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 under regular rider Constant Montpellier on the fast main track here Wednesday.

Bob Tiller, who trains Win City for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and the Estate of Frank DiGiulio, said Win City remains a candidate for both the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin here Sept. 15 and Thistledown's Ohio Derby Sept. 29.

Inspired Kiss, owned by Wings of Erin Farm and trained by Tom O'Keefe, worked five furlongs in 1:01 and is headed for Monday's Algoma. Apprentice jockey Chantal Sutherland was aboard for the work and will be the filly's new jockey Monday.

The Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, is one of six $100,000 yearling sales stakes on the Labor Day program.

The training track turf course reopened Wednesday after a three-week hiatus and those who worked over the firm surface included Free Vacation, who breezed four furlongs in 49.40 seconds in preparation for Saturday's Flaming Page Handicap.

Free Vacation, who won last year's Flaming Page, will be the 121-pound highweight as she takes on five rivals in the $101,000, 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Saturday's card also features a surprise appearance by Exciting Story, winner of this year's Met Mile, who will compete in a seven-furlong classified allowance race.

Pick six still on hold

Woodbine's proposed pick six, which was expected to debut here early this spring, remains on hold heading into the final three months of the meet.

The pick six, which was to have replaced the discontinued Super 7 on the live Thoroughbred races, is being held up by regulatory issues after the technical aspects finally were ironed out.

"There's just one small glitch that Ottawa's working on before they approve it," said Jean Pawluk, of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency.

The hold-up, according to both Pawluk and Steve Mitchell, vice president for wagering operations with the Woodbine Entertainment Group, is whether current regulations allow Woodbine to contribute to its own pool.

The original Woodbine proposal called for a minimum guaranteed pick six pot of $50,000, with the racetrack topping up the pool to that level if net wagering falls short.

"There seems to be no reason, in our opinion, as to why they can't let us put money into our pool," said Mitchell.