Though never as impressive as when a 17-length winner in the $55,000 Regal Gal Stakes on June 2, Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge prevailed nonetheless in the $55,000 Sweettrickydancer at Calder Casino & Race Course Wednesday, escaping with the narrowest of victories while needing every bit of the one-mile distance to win by a nose while touring the outer edge of the Calder turf.
Seeking her third straight stakes win at the meet, Frolic’s Revenge, ridden by Luis Saez, was allowed to settle comfortably in second through the early stages of the Sweettrickydancer while Montessa G, returning from nearly eight months on the sidelines, was put aggressively on the lead by jockey Jesus Rios, setting splits of :23.20, :47.72, and 1:11.17.
As the field entered the stretch, Frolic’s Revenge began to advance on the leader but still had work to do as Montessa G remained stubborn up front and retained a clear lead inside the final furlong. But as the finish line approached, Montessa G started to tire while Frolic’s Revenge remained tenacious, getting up in the last jump to put her nose in front at the wire.
“When I was coming to the three-eighths pole I moved a little bit, but she didn’t want to pass the other horse; she didn’t want to run,” Saez said. “So I had to start riding her a little hard, and that’s what she responds to. And once she started to run, she was able to pass and do enough to win.”
Sent from the gate as the overwhelming favorite, Frolic’s Revenge returned $2.80, $2.40, and $2.10 for the win. Montessa G paid $5.20 and $3.80 for second, while Imperial Strike charged home fast to finish third, returning $5.20.
A 3-year-old homebred daughter of Vindication, out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Stormy Frolic, Frolic’s Revenge is a six-time winner in 14 career starts with earnings of $255,020.
Frolic’s Revenge is the first three-time stakes winner at the meet, adding a late-April Calder Oaks victory to her recent Regal Gal and Sweettrickydancer scores.