08/21/2003 11:00PM

Two entries dominate field for Peninsula


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Mark Frostad, trainer for the powerful Sam-Son Farm outfit, captured three of the four stakes at Woodbine last weekend.

And Frostad has a good chance to win Fort Erie's sole stakes offering this week, Sunday's $60,000 Peninsula, with Crucible and Quiet Colony entered. A seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward scheduled for the turf, the Peninsula attracted a full field of 10, which includes two entries and one also-eligible.

Crucible, an 8-year-old gelding, has racked up $640,892 in earnings, and Quiet Colony is a 4-year-old half-brother to Quiet Resolve, Canada's champion male turf runner and horse of the year in 2000.

Both runners are lightly raced this year.

Crucible has run three times, with a second-place finish in an optional claimer at Woodbine June 1 his best result.

Quiet Colony has had two starts in 2003. He scored in a maiden special weight June 22 at a mile over Woodbine's grass and then finished fourth in a July 19 allowance over the same surface and distance.

Leading trainer Layne Giliforte will saddle two runners in the Peninsula, Kiss a Native and Solitary Dancer, both for owner John Franks.

The Franks-owned entry will vie with the Sam-Son entry for favoritism.

Kiss a Native was Canada's champion male 3-year-old in 2000. Now 6, he has recorded 11 lifetime wins, and his earnings have surpassed $1 million.

Kiss a Native was moved to Giliforte's barn after the gelding finished last of 10 in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine on July 1. In his two previous 2003 starts, he also was beaten by double-digit margins.

The change of scenery appears to have done wonders for Kiss a Native, who responded with a come-from-behind four-length score here Aug. 10 in a six-furlong optional claimer.

"The first time I worked him from the gate, he went [three furlongs] in 34 and change," said Giliforte. "And he did it so easily. A true racehorse like him will do just about anything you ask him to do - if he's capable. I'm not afraid to come back sprinting with him."

Solitary Dancer is probably the stronger of the Franks pair. The 7-year-old runner has finished second in his last four starts, two of them in graded stakes. He finished just over three lengths behind Soaring Free when that one tied the course record for six furlongs on turf at Woodbine on June 22.