Chinese Cultural Centre S. (gr. II)

(CAN-II , 11f ,)

STRUT THE STAGE (CH h, 121 lb) $198,540
Theatrical (IRE) —Ruby Ransom , by Red Ransom
B—Jamm Ltd., KY.; O—Sam-Son Farms; T—Mark R. Frostad

Perfect Soul (IRE) (B h, 119 lb) $66,180
Sadler's Wells —Ball Chairman , by Secretariat
B—C. Fipke, IRE.; O—Charles E. Fipke; T—Roger L. Attfield

Angel On the Wing (CH g, 115 lb) $36,399
Sky Classic —All An Angel , by Alydar
B—Sam-Son Farm, ON.; O—Sam-Son Farms; T—Mark R. Frostad

Margins: 1½, 2¾, ¾. Others: Portcullis 119($19,854) , Deputy Strike 115($9,927) , Colonial Colony 115 , Stage Classic 115 , Soldierofpleasure 115 . Winning Jockey, Todd Kabel.

Racing welcomed another member to its millionaire ranks when Sam-Son Farm’s Strut the Stage earned $198,540 in winning the July 20 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine. The earnings boosted his total to $1,047,298.

“It was a good race for him,” said Mark Frostad, who trains the Sam-Son runner for Tammy Samuel-Balaz and members of her family. “He beat Perfect Soul, who had beaten him in his last race (the June 15 King Edward Breeders’ Cup Handicap, Can-IIT) in his first start since the fall.”

Strut the Stage wasn’t the only stakes winner that weekend for Sam-Son. Homebred Soaring Free won the restricted Ontario Jockey Club Stakes on July 19 to remain unbeaten in four starts this year. In his prior start, Soaring Free equaled a course-record of 1:07.73 for six furlongs in winning the June 22 Nearctic Handicap (Can-IIT).

Frostad plans to run Strut the Stage in either the Aug. 9 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga or the Aug. 30 Niagara Breeders’ Cup Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine. Soaring Free is scheduled to contest the Aug. 16 Play the King Stakes (Can-IIIT), then the Sept. 14 Atto Mile (Can-IT). Both are held at Woodbine.

Sam-Son, founded by Samuel-Balaz’s late father, Ernie Samuel, is represented by additional 2003 stakes winners Fly Smartly and Seeking the Ring. Sam-Son bought Strut the Stage for $235,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale. Mill Ridge Sales as agent consigned Strut the Stage for the horse’s breeder, Audrey Otto’s Jamm Ltd.

Otto, who lives in Lexington, boards Strut the Stage’s dam, Ruby Ransom, at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. The farm is owned by Alice Chandler and her husband, Dr. John Chandler. Ruby Ransom produced a Deputy Minister filly this year and is in foal to Storm Cat.

Theatrical, sire of Strut the Stage, has sired 61 stakes winners, including additional 2003 added-money winners Glick, Delsarte (in England), and Labirinto (in France). The syndicated stallion stands at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm near Lexington. His 2003 fee was $75,000.—D.S,