06/29/2013 12:14PM

Woodbine: Frostad, Casse send out Queen's Plate workers

Michael Burns
Pyrite Mountain, the winner of the Wando Stakes in May, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.20 at Woodbine on Saturday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Pyrite Mountain and County Lineman, both trained by Mark Frostad, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.20 on the main track here Saturday in preparation for next Sunday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate.

Trainer Mark Casse sent out two of his Queen’s Plate hopefuls to work five furlongs on the main track, with Dynamic Sky clocked in 1:01 and Spring in the Air going in 1:00.80.

Pyrite Mountain and County Lineman worked in company, with Luis Contreras aboard Pyrite Mountain and apprentice Nick Webb on County Lineman.

“It was a terrific work,” said Frostad, who caught the two galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26 and pulling up through a mile in 1:40. “I was really happy with both of them.”

Pyrite Mountain is coming off a fourth-place finish in the June 9 Plate Trial, where he was beaten 2 1/2 lengths as the lukewarm favorite following a less than ideal trip.

County Lineman will be making his stakes debut in the Queen’s Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

In his last start, in an Ontario-sired second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles here May 24, County Lineman had a troubled journey and finished third behind two older rivals, beaten 10 lengths.

Good Better Best, the 8 3/4-length winner that day, came back to just miss in the restricted Steady Growth at 1 1/16 miles.

Contreras has been riding both colts but will be sticking with Pyrite Mountain in the Queen’s Plate.

Alex Solis, who will be in town on Plate Day to ride Irish Mission for Frostad in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, picks up the mount on County Lineman.

Dynamic Sky, the Plate Trial winner, and Spring in the Air, coming off a second-place finish behind the Queen’s Plate-bound Nipissing in the same day’s Woodbine Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, breezed with separate workmates.

“They were supposed to go head and head, and not gallop out,” said Casse, who trains both Dynamic Sky and Spring in the Air for John Oxley.

“I just wanted to get a good five-eighths into them. All systems are go.”

Gary Boulanger was aboard both horses for Saturday’s works and will have the mount on one for the Queen’s Plate.

Joel Rosario, who rode Dynamic Sky and Spring in the Air in their last starts, has first pick.