09/02/2008 11:00PM

Sam-Son, Frostad taking four swings for big cash


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mark Frostad is expected to be the only trainer with entrants in each of the three lucrative turf stakes here Sunday, with a total of four runners in the three races, all for for Sam-Son Farm.

But Frostad knows that his runners will have their work cut out for them - Mulmur in the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile, French Beret in the Grade 1, $750,000 Northern Dancer, and Quiet Jungle and Stroke the Tiger in the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian.

Mulmur, a 5-year-old gelding, heads into the Woodbine Mile off a fourth-place finish, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs of grass here Aug. 23.

"He didn't get the greatest trip, but I thought he ran well," said Frostad.

Mulmur became a stakes winner over seven furlongs of turf in the restricted Ontario Jockey Club two starts back.

"I don't think the distance will be a problem on Sunday; the competition will," Frostad said. "But he's doing well, it's our home base, and we'll give it a shot."

Frostad has saddled two winners of the Woodbine Mile, taking the 1999 edition with Quiet Resolve ($91.10) when first-place finisher Hawksley Hill was disqualified and the 2004 renewal with Soaring Free ($6.10).

French Beret must relax

French Beret has won just 3 of his 28 starts but the victories include the Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles of turf here in 2006 and the Grade 3 Colonel Bradley over 1 1/16 miles of turf at Fair Grounds this January.

A 5-year-old gelding, French Beret also finished second or third in nine stakes and is coming into the Northern Dancer off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Nijinsky over 1 1/4 miles of turf here Aug. 4.

Seaside Retreat and Strike a Deal, the one-two finishers there, also are pointed to the Northern Dancer. French Beret finished a distant last in the field of eight in this race last year.

"This is shaping up as a pretty tough race," said Frostad. "Last year, he couldn't get a mile and a half. You had to fight to try to keep him off the pace.

"He's been more tractable this year. We'll see if that trend continues. If it's a fighting match between him and the rider, it won't be any good for him."

Quiet Jungle gets blinkers on for Canadian

Quiet Jungle has only two wins but has placed in three stakes and is the stronger of Frostad's Canadian entrants.

"She's been a little disappointing this season - she's been so close," said Frostad, who watched Quiet Jungle finish second three times and fourth once in her four starts this season. "We're putting the blinkers on, and hopefully she'll focus a little more. She was a bit lackadaisical last time. She made the lead, and started looking around."

Quiet Jungle was beaten a neck in that Aug. 14 race, a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance, which was the prep for the Canadian.

Callwood Dancer, who won that prep and is scheduled to return for the Canadian, also defeated Quiet Jungle by a nose in winning the Nassau over 1 1/16 miles of turf here May 31.

Quiet Jungle's other Woodbine outing this year was a third-place finish over 1 1/8 miles of turf in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, in which The Niagara Queen controlled a slow pace en route to a 1 1/2-length victory.

The Niagara Queen also will be back in the Canadian and Stroke the Tiger's mission will be to prevent a recurrence of the Dance Smartly scenario.

"We don't want some horse like The Niagara Queen dawdling out there," said Frostad. "She'll be making sure that doesn't happen."

Stroke the Tiger, whose only win came in a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles of turf, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Canadian prep, where she was prominent early before tiring.

The Queen's Stamp goes for a tag Friday

The Queen's Stamp, who finished eighth but was beaten just 5 1/2 lengths in last year's Canadian, will run for a price for the first time in her career as she goes for the tag of $100,000 in the optional claiming/fourth-level allowance feature here Friday.

The seven-furlong turf race for fillies and mares attracted a field of six.

The Queen's Stamp, a homebred 6-year-old who races for owner Bill Sorokolit and trainer Darwin Banach, is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Belle Geste, a seven-furlong overnight turf stakes for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares here Aug. 24.

Two of The Queen's Stamp's five wins have come over Friday's distance and surface, and she could spring a mild upset under returning rider Jim McAleney.

Second Offence, coming off an impressive victory in an $80,000 optional claiming/third-level allowance over seven furlongs of dirt, is the one to beat.

A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old trained by Ian Howard, Second Offence finished third in the Repercussion, an open overnight stakes for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf here July 9.

Storm the Castle runs in Kentucky Saturday

Storm the Castle, coming off a 21-length maiden win over 1 1/2 miles here Aug. 9, will race at Turfway Park Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Fall Championship.

The Fall Championship, at 1 1/2 miles, is a Win and You're In race for the new Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

Chantal Sutherland is scheduled to travel to Turfway for the mount on Storm Castle, a homebred 4-year-old gelding who races for Sam-Son Farm.