07/16/2001 12:00AM

Quiet Resolve works fast for Hong Kong Trophy


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Quiet Resolve put his challengers for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy on notice here Sunday morning, drilling five furlongs in 58.60 seconds on the firm turf training course with Todd Kabel in the irons.

A 6-year-old gelding who is Canada's reigning horse of the year and champion turf male, Quiet Resolve will be the 124-pound highweight in Sunday's Grade 2 Hong Kong Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, with a purse of $250,000.

Quiet Resolve, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, is coming off a convincing score under Kabel in the Grade 2 King Edward Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race here June 10.

Glyndebourne is to be ridden by 20-year-old Christophe Soumillon, who piloted Anabaa Blue to victory in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June.

Soumillon, who rode in Southern California last winter, finished 10th in France's rider standings last year with 68 victories.

The draw for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy will take place here at 12 p.m. Thursday with Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung, chairman and president of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, the honorary drawmaster, and Douglas Whyte, Hong Kong's reigning champion jockey, a special guest.

Whyte will be accepting mounts here next Saturday and Sunday and has the call on locally based Certainly Classic for the Hong Kong Trophy.

Strut the Stage struts for Frostad

Frostad saddled his eighth local stakes winner of the season, including five in tandem with Kabel, when Strut the Stage easily won last Saturday's Toronto Cup Handicap.

Strut the Stage, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old owned by Sam-Son Farm, was recording his second straight turf stakes win in the 1 1/8-mile Toronto Cup and is a possibility for the Grade 1 $400,000 Secretariat, a 1 1/4-mile stakes for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 18.

"He's got a lot of talent, he's a very nice horse, and we're thrilled with how he's developed," said Frostad. "We've got a lot of opportunities and it's going to be an exciting ride."

Rum Splasher in the upset

Sunday's feature, the Colin Stakes, was the scene of a major upset when 19-1 Rum Splasher, under jockey Dino Luciani, ran down odds-on Expected Hour.

Rum Splasher was the second local stakes winner for Sean Hall, who came here from Barbados in 1998 and sent out Social Charter to win the Eclipse in 1999.

A $10,000 yearling purchase, Rum Splasher had won his debut when tagged for $50,000 here July 7.

"He came out of the race well," said Hall, who has six horses here and has won five races from just 13 starts this year. "It was a chance we were taking, running him back so soon, but I had a gut feeling it could be done."

Rum Splasher is owned by the interesting partnership of Jody Hammett, who works as a groom for Hall; Rosetta Luciani, mother of the jockey; and Fred Stephens, father of former local trainer Jeff Stephens.

The younger Stephens, the listed purchaser of Rum Splasher, currently is based at Delaware Park as an assistant to Mark Casse, who trains Expected Hour.

Rum Splasher, meanwhile, will get a breather before gunning for his third straight.

"He needs time off," said Hall. "He's run two tough races."

Prince of Wales works

Win City, who will be looking to turn the tables on Queen's Plate winner Dancethruthedawn in Sunday's Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 under regular rider Constant Montpellier at Woodbine Monday.

The $350,000 Prince of Wales, a 1 3/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Joining Win City in the probable field of six will be Dancethruthedawn, Brushing Bully, Asia, Thatsthebottomline, and Wild Years.

"He did what we wanted him to do," said trainer Bob Tiller, who trains Win City for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and the Estate of Frank DiGiulio. "Everything's a-okay."

Dancethruthedawn, the filly who won the Plate for Frostad and jockey Gary Boulanger here June 24, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 on the fast training track here Saturday with assistant trainer Hugh Chatman in the saddle.

"I let her break off and get her feet underneath her and then she really picked it up," said Chatman. "I didn't ask her to do anything at all; she just goes through this kind of work on her own."

Brushing Bully, third in the Plate for Stronach Stables and trainer Tino Attard, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 on a fast main track Saturday with regular rider David Clark aboard.

"It was a slow work, nothing major, just something to keep him sharp," said Attard. "He finished up nicely and galloped out well."

Asia, the "other" filly who finished fourth as a rank outsider in the Plate, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the fast main track here Sunday.

Jockey Patrick Husbands was aboard for the work but Aaron Gryder has a return call for the Wales.

"It was a good work for her," said Jim Cheadle, who trains Asia for the Arosa Farm of Jurgen Schemmer. "She seems to come out of it well, and we're happy with her."

Adding spice to the Wales will be Wild Years, who is owned by Alnoff Stable and trained by Jim Bond. A very impressive graduate in his last start at Belmont, Wild Years prepped at his Saratoga base Sunday.

"My assistant said he worked very good, and came back good, so it looks like we're in pretty good shape," said Bond, who was attending the Keeneland yearling sale.