05/26/2002 11:00PM

Quiet Resolve refuses to act his age


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Judging by Quiet Resolve's dominating performance in Saturday's Connaught Cup at Woodbine, his first start here at the age of 7, the other local turf stakes runners could be in for a long season.

But Quiet Resolve's refusal to act his age certainly was no surprise to either the wagering public or to Mark Frostad, who trains Quiet Resolve for Sam-Son Farm.

"He was just running against some of the best turf horses in North America, in Kentucky," said Frostad.

The race to which Frostad alluded was the Woodford Reserve, a Grade 1 race at Churchill Downs in which Quiet Resolve finished seventh but was beaten just 3 3/4 lengths.

In his previous start, which was his seasonal bow, Quiet Resolve had finished a close fourth in Keeneland's Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile.

But according to Frostad, Quiet Resolve will be spending more time at home this year while leaving the road warrior duties to his 4-year-old stablemate, Kentucky-bred Strut the Stage.

"Our main goal for Quiet Resolve again this year is the Atto Mile," said the trainer.

Quiet Resolve emerged a major upsetter in the 1999 Atto Mile when first-place finisher Hawksley Hill was disqualified, and missed by just a head when third in last year's running.

The Atto Mile, a $1 million turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run here Sept. 8.

In the meantime, Quiet Resolve should make his next appearance in the Grade 2 King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap, a $300,000 race over 1 1/8 miles of turf here June 16.

Strut the Stage, winner of Pimlico's Grade 2 Dixie last time out, remains on target for Belmont's Grade 1 Manhattan, a, $400,000, 1 1/4-mile turf race June 8.

Dancethruthedawn, coming off a nose defeat in the Grade 3 Pimlico Distaff, is slated to make her next appearance for Sam-Son and Frostad in either the Grade 2, $300,000 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on June 15 or the Grade 1, $300,000 Ogden Phipps (formerly the Hempstead) at Belmont on June 22.

Frostad has two prospects for this weekend

On the local front, Sam-Son and Frostad hope to be represented in two stakes here Saturday.

Mountain Beacon, looking to rebound from a disappointing local opener, is headed for the Plate Trial while Atlantic Fury, who worked five furlongs in 1:01 over the firm turf training track Sunday, is bound for the Alywow.

The Plate Trial is a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, the Alywow a 6 1/2-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

The stable's Mountain Angel, champion of the Canadian filly/mare division in 2001, is nominated to Sunday's Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race. But she is a more likely candidate for the following Sunday's Ontario Matron, a 1 1/16 -mile dirt race where she could run in an entry with Catch the Ring, who was the Sovereign Award-winning 3-year-old filly in 2000.

Gonetofarr goes mile in Oaks prep

Gonetofarr, a leading candidate for the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks here June 8, worked a mile in 1:40.40 Monday under jockey Jim McAleney, who has been on a serious roll of late.

"I got her last quarter in 25.20," said Reade Baker, who trains Gonetofarr for owner George Farr.

Gonetofarr is heading to the Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, off a solid score in the seven-furlong Fury here May 5.

Classic Mike, one of two Queen's Plate candidates in the Baker barn, worked six furlongs in 1:14.40 Sunday under jockey Jono Jones.

"Everything's on course," said Baker.

Classic Mike, owned by the Terra Racing Stable of Dom Romeo, is slated to start in the Plate Trial.

Shaws Creek sharpens for Plate Trial

Shaws Creek tuned up for the Trial on Monday, going three furlongs in 37.20 seconds under regular rider Jake Barton.

"He galloped out a half in 50," said John Ross, who trains Shaws Creek for the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds.

Shaws Creek is coming off a rallying win in the seven-furlong Queenston here May 4.

Adjalah, another candidate for the Trial, and Silver Nithi, who is slated for the Oaks, worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 Saturday.

"They went together, and stayed together," said David Bell, who trains Adjalah for the Beclawat Stable of Les Pereira and Silver Nithi for Dick and Jo Ellen Shaw. "They both worked very well."

Jockey Richard Dos Ramos was aboard Adjalah, who was an impressive allowance winner last time out,. Mickey Walls rode Silver Nithi, who is coming off her maiden victory.

Tacky Affair, also headed to the Oaks for Bell, worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 Saturday under jockey Emile Ramsammy.

Owned by Mike and Nick Nosowenko, Tacky Affair finished third in the Fury last time out.

Affirmed Feeling, another Bell-trained Plate nominee, drilled five furlongs in 1:00.80 Sunday.

Although still winless after eight starts, Affirmed Feeling finished third here in last fall's 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity for his owner/breeder Ivan Dalos.

"He's pointing for a maiden race," said Bell. "If he wins, or runs really well, he could go on to the Plate."

Bold Ruckus target for Parco Ducale

Parco Ducale, another promising Canadian-bred 3-year-old in the Bell barn, was not kept eligible for the Plate after disappointing in his seasonal bow.

"He's doing okay," said Bell. "I'd still like to get a little more weight on him."

Parco Ducale, owned and bred by George Bigliardi, won his maiden over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf here last July and is aiming for the $125,000 Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds June 5.

No explanation for dull effort

Bell remains baffled by the latest performance of Changeintheweather, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old who finished last of five in the Marine here May 18.

"He came out of it well," said Bell. "His blood's fine, and he's training well. I'm just a little confused right now."

While a turf experiment could be in Changeintheweather's future, the colt also is nominated for the $125,000 Victoria Park, an open 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds here June 8.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will meet here Wednesday, beginning at 8 p.m., in the International Room on the second floor of the grandstand.