Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge turned back a menacing late challenge from Maxxam Alliance LLC, JRR & PRR Group LLC, and Fawkes Racing, Inc.’s Glamour N Glory to win the 21st running of the $100,000 Calder Oaks by a nose, covering the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43.78 over a firm turf course at Calder Casino & Race Course.
“It got close in the end,” winning jockey Chris Landeros said following the race. “I’m just glad I got there first.”
Trained by Milt Wolfson and ridden from post two by Landeros, Frolic’s Revenge broke alertly from the gate, but was content to settle in seventh while a small contingent of fillies vied for the lead with Sinister Brew showing the way through an opening quarter in :23.25 before passing the baton to Buleria who passed the half-mile marker in :47.79.
“She broke sharp, but I didn’t want to be on the lead,” Landeros said of his race strategy. “I had seen her last race and it wasn’t her best race, so my whole mentality was ‘let’s get her back and let’s get her relaxed. Going down the backside, she was just going along so easy. I found a little gap in the middle of the turn to get out, and from then on, it was all her.”
Frolic’s Revenge seized control of the race in mid-stretch and opened up a clear advantage on her vanquished rivals before being asked to go all-out through the wire to hold off the threatening late charge of Glamour N Glory by the scantest of margins.
“I had a pretty clean trip the whole way,” jockey Juan Leyva, rider of Glamour N Glory said. “But the filly that beat me has a quicker turn of foot while my filly kind of takes a little time to get going. Probably one more jump and I’m the winner.”
Sent from the gate as the 3.50-1 second-choice in the race, Frolic’s Revenge returned $9.00, $4.80, and $3.20 for the victory. Glamour N Glory paid $5.40 and $3.40 for second. It was 4 ¾ lengths back to Ainsley, who returned $4.00 in third.
Completing the order of finish for the Calder Oaks was Miss Montreal, Parranda, Awesome Belle, Fine Silver, Sinister Brew, Commence Firing, Ciguaraya, and Buleria. Brown Eyed Nance was eased.
With her triumph in the Calder Oaks, Frolic’s Revenge has improved her lifetime record to four wins from 12 starts, with a career bankroll of $194,880. The homebred daughter of Vindication is out of the four-time Calder stakes-winning mare Stormy Frolic, who was out of 1995 Calder Oaks winner Lindsay Frolic. Wolfson also trained both of those horses for Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.