Stride Rite Racing Stable Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge, winner of the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic on the Calder Casino & Race Course main track last year, continued her preparations for a start in the $100,000 Calder Oaks on Thursday, covering one mile of fast Calder dirt in 1:44.40.
“If you saw the work this morning, she just looked great,” trainer Milt Wolfson said. “And when she came back, she wasn’t blowing or anything.”
Frolic’s Revenge is winless in three starts this year, crossing the wire third in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant before putting together consecutive seventh-place finishes in the Grade 2 Davona Dale on dirt and the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride on turf where she raced on the lead for the first time in her career.
“I’m not sure what happened in her last, but I’m not going to worry much about that,” Wolfson said. “I think she’s coming up to this race in great shape, and that’s what matters now.”
In addition to her main track victory in the Lindsay Frolic, Frolic’s Revenge found the wire first in the $60,000 Ginger Brew on the Gulfstream Park turf course in December. She was also second in last season’s $100,000 Brave Raj and third in the $100,000 J J’s Dream, both on the main track at Calder.
“She’s pretty versatile and has shown that she can run on dirt or turf,” Wolfson said. “And that’s something you really want since there are a couple of stakes here later in the year, on both surfaces, that we hope to make.”
Potential mid-season targets for Frolic’s Revenge include the $75,000 Three Ring Stakes at 1 mile and 70 yards on July 21, the $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes over 7 ½ furlongs of Calder turf on August 18, and the $75,000 Judy’s Red Shoes, run at 1 1/16 miles on turf September 15.
SAY A NOVENA HITS WORK TAB IN ADVANCE OF MISS PREAKNESS
Another stakes-bound 3-year-old filly took to the Calder main track to work Thursday morning as Rick Shanley’s Say a Novena breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 for trainer Eddie Plesa. It was the filly’s second work this month after taking some time off following her second-place finish in the Grade 2 Forward Gal on January 29.
“She’s doing really well, and that work this morning was just what I wanted to see,” Plesa said. “It wasn’t too quick, but it wasn’t slow either. And I got her galloping out in 1:15 and one, so I’m really happy with what she did today.”
Winner of the $100,000 Brandywine Stakes at Parx Racing and the $71,500 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park last year, while also finishing second in the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park, Say a Novena has made two starts this year, crossing the wire second in both the Forward Gal and the Grade 3 Old Hat at Gulfstream.
“Right now we’re looking at the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico for her next start,” Plesa said. “She’ll stay down here right up until the time we’re ready to ship up for that race.”
The $100,000 Miss Preakness, contested at six furlongs, will be run Friday, May 18.
PLETCHER TRAINEES HEAD LIST OF 32 NOMINEES FOR G3 MIAMI MILE
The $125,000 Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap, the first graded stakes of the 2012 Calder Meet, attracted 32 horses when nominations for the April 21 turf race closed earlier this week.
Trainer Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with four horses nominated to the Miami Mile, any of which could theoretically go favored if allowed an opportunity to participate in the race, with Grade 1-placed Doubles Partner looking the most imposing of the quartet.
Owned by WinStar Farm LLC, Doubles Partner exits a winning effort in the Grade 3 Canadian International at Gulfstream. Prior to that performance, the son of Rock Hard Ten had posted turf-stakes victories in the Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington Park and the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The 5-year-old finished third in last year’s Grade 1 Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs.
Pletcher is also represented in the Miami Mile nominations by Turbo Compressor, winner of the 2011 Carl Rose Classic on the main track at Calder who recently posted a commanding 5 ½-length allowance victory in his turf debut; Queen’splatekitten, the runner-up in both the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga and Grade 3 Palm Beach at Gulfstream in 2011; and Hudson Steele, who hasn’t started since finishing second in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy at Belmont last May.
Entries for the Grade 3 Miami Mile will be taken on Monday, April 16. For a complete list of nominations, along with past performances, visit www.calderracecourse.com.
OPENING DAY FEATURES BOCACHICA TRIPLE, PILOTTI DOUBLE
Monday’s opening day program at Calder featured multiple-win days for jockey Orlando Bocachica, who won three races on the card, and trainer Larry Pilotti, who was a two-time opening day winner.
Bocachica tallied his first victory of the day when taking the fifth race aboard Ainsley for trainer Marcus Vitali. Bocachica, who finished seventh in the 2011 Calder Meet standings, returned to win the sixth with Need You Tonight for Nick Canani before completing his hat trick when upsetting Monday’s featured ninth race with Dragonfish for Steve DiMauro at odds of 20-1.
Pilotti’s first trip to winner’s circle on Monday came after saddling Newspaper Boy to victory in the fourth. The conditioner returned to get his picture taken with Hey Cuz following the eighth.