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Tuesday, August 15, 2000
TRAINER 'THINKS BIG' WITH THINK RED IN G1 SECRETARIAT
In a Tuesday Noon teleconference promoting Saturday's International Festival of Racing at Arlington, trainer Mark Frostad of Sam-Son Farm exuded confidence in his undefeated but untested three-year-old Think Red.
Think Red, who made the first start of his career just two months ago, will face the sternest test of his career in the Grade 1 Secretariat, facing a field of the best sophomore turf campaigners currently in training throughout the world.
The Secretariat, named ironically for a horse known as "Big Red," is the final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple - a grass series restricted to three-year-olds.
Among those Think Red will face in the Secretariat are the winners of the first two legs of the Mid-America Triple - Arlington Classic winner King Cugat and American Derby victor Pine Dance - but Frostad seemed undaunted.
"I don't think he's been out of a gallop in any of his races," said Frostad, speaking of Think Red's three career starts. Frostad was talking over the phone from Toronto during the NTRA Communications Media Teleconference. "I know we'll get tested this weekend and we'll find out if there is any more there, but as you know we've had some pretty nice turf horses (at Sam-Son), but I've never had any horse run as easily and win as easily as this horse.
"He's worked with older horses," Frostad said. "He's worked with Quiet Resolve (until Friday an Arlington Million candidate), he's worked with (Beverly D. probable starter) Only to You and some of our other better turf horses. The rider always comes back and says he's never had to ask the horse, he just seems to gallop along beside them."
Frostad was asked specifically about when Quiet Resolve (who won the Grade 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club by three and a half-lengths at Woodbine Race Course in his last start July 23) and Think Red had worked together.
"Well, we made sure they finished up together," Frostad answered, "but perhaps the rider of Quiet Resolve was asking him a bit whereas the other fellow (rider of Think Red) was sitting chilly.
"I would say that Think Red is our big hope," Frostad said earlier in the teleconference. "Certainly he's an extraordinary three-year-old. He's demonstrated a lot of ability. He's pretty lightly raced but he runs like a seasoned horse, and gives every indication he is and that he could be a very good horse."
Asked specifically about Only to You, who will fly the Sam-Son silks in the Beverly D., Frostad was also optimistic about her chances in the sister race to the Arlington Million.
"She could easily have been undefeated at this point with a little luck," Frostad said. "She has a lot of talent. She's by Lord at War, so the distance will suit her and we've always felt she was a pretty high caliber filly. The fillies and mares up here this year make a pretty tough division, and again we'll see if she fits with this kind of company."
ARLINGTON MILLION SOUVENIR ITEMS NOW ON SALE IN GIFT SHOP
Souvenir merchandise commemorating Saturday's 18th running of the Arlington Million is on sale in the Gift Shop at Chicago's premier oval. Polo shirts, T-shirts, jackets, hats and pins celebrating the centerpiece of the Illinois racing season are among the items available.
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