03/23/2002 12:00AM

Unassuming Proctor having big meeting


OLDSMAR, Fla. - What does a trainer say when he's sending out winners at a blistering 63 percent?

"Don't tell too many people. We don't want to attract too much attention," trainer Tom Proctor said by phone Saturday morning.

Too late. The cat's out of the bag when it comes to Proctor and the horses of Glen Hill Farm. Through Thursday, Proctor-trained Glen Hill runners had won 14 of 22 starts at the meet, with several of those victories in little doubt from the quarter pole to the wire.

The Glen Hill operation has run many well-bred maidens. No detail is overlooked with Glen Hill horses. They come to the paddock looking like a million dollars, are well schooled and well mannered, and the first-time starters usually come out of the gate straight and true.

They also are fit. When Glen Hill runners hit the top of the lane, they kick on.

"Good horses make trainers look good," said the low-key Proctor. "It's not the other way around. Anybody that says otherwise doesn't know this game very well. We had a lot of young horses that we needed to get a handle on, a number of horses we had put a lot of time into. If we had run some of them down at Gulfstream for a tag, we probably wouldn't have brought some of them back home. This way we get a feel of what they're really worth, we have winners instead of maidens when we apply for stalls this spring and summer, and they get off to the right start with a win. It's good for them, for their frame of mind."

Proctor says a colt named Confer has been his favorite among the young horses, but admits he has been surprised a few times.

"Yeah, the midget surprised me last Sunday," he said, referring to Recondite, a Silver Deputy filly who won her debut by 5 1/4 lengths on March 17, Tampa Bay Derby Day. "We call her the midget because she's just a little thing and hasn't dazzled anybody in the morning, but she may be one of the ones I'll have to adjust my opinion on as to what she's worth."

One of the stars of the stable is Major Focus, who was impressive winning the Pasco Stakes going seven furlongs on the main track. Proctor was cautiously optimistic about Major Focus's chances in Saturday's Budweiser Challenger Stakes at a mile on the turf.

"I sent him down to Gulfstream after he won [the Pasco] and probably shouldn't have," said Proctor. "He got a little lung infection, but we've got that all cleared up and I think he'll handle the turf. His daddy [Major Impact] was by Roberto."

Proctor is quick to credit his assistants for his recent success, including Andres Morriguein.

Proctor might be a good name to remember for upcoming meetings in Kentucky and Illinois. He won't win at 63 percent, but he may have a surprise or two for the boys up north.