07/08/2011 12:19PM

Woodbine: Frostad has two in Dance Smartly



ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Sam-Son Farm has won three editions of the Dance Smartly, the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes that was named in honor of its superstar filly. But the outfit’s most recent win came in 1998, when Mark Frostad sent out Colorful Vices.

On Sunday, Frostad will be saddling both Forest Uproar and Stars to Shine for the Grade 2, $300,000 Dance Smartly. Only Forest Uproar will run for Sam-Son, however, as Starts to Shine is owned by a group of five owners racing as The Grange House Partnership.

Forest Uproar, a 5-year-old homebred, was foaled in Ontario, while Stars to Shine, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred, was a $45,000 yearling purchase. And while Forest Uproar is the most experienced and accomplished of the pair, it could well be Stars to Shine who finds herself in the spotlight.

“This is a big step up, but she’s coming along very nicely,” said Frostad, who has sent out Stars to Shine to win three of her six starts and $130,761. “She should have won four races – she was disqualified from one. The only bad race she’s run was in the Mrs. Revere. She was fifth, beaten two lengths, and she was taken too far out of it on a soft course. I think she should have won.”

The disqualification came here in Stars to Shine’s first start last July 30, when she finished first in a seven-furlong maiden race but was placed third. The Grade 2 Mrs. Revere, her fifth and last outing at the season, came at Churchill Downs and marked Stars to Shine’s stakes debut after back-to-back wins here in a maiden and first-level allowance race.

Following the Nov. 20 Mrs. Revere, Stars to Shine unwound in Kentucky, at Timbertown Farm, then went down to Ocala, Fla.

Stars to Shine returned to Woodbine with a long-term eye toward the Dance Smartly as Frostad elected to bypass the June 4 Nassau, the first stakes of the meeting for the female turf division. Frostad instead brought back Stars to Shine under second-level allowance terms in a 1 1/16-mile turf race, which she won by a going-away 2 1/2 lengths.

“She was held up a little, and there was some bumping, but she found a seam,” said Frostad. “She was pretty impressive.”

Patrick Husbands, who has ridden Stars to Shine to each of her three victories, retains the mount for the Dance Smartly.

Forest Uproar has banked $246,677 via a record of 4-1-5 from 13 starts and won the $60,000Krantz Memorial over 1 1/16 miles of turf at the Fair Grounds this winter.

After finishing third in two more Fair Grounds stakes over the same distance and surface, Forest Uproar ended a troubled fourth in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Churchill Downs on April 16, also at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. The mare then was given a breather and returned to action in the Nassau, where she was beaten 6 1/2 lengths as the fifth-place finisher following a poor start on a yielding course.

“She’s not as good on softer turf,” said Frostad. “She was very impressive in her work last week, and I think she’ll run an improved race.”

Forest Uproar and Stars to Shine both prepped for the Dance Smartly last Sunday, breezing five furlongs in 59.40 on a firm turf training course.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode Forest Uproar for the first time in the Nassau, again gets the call.