The 21st Running of The Frizette-G1
Saturday, October 7, 2023
AQU Race #7 $400.000
2YO Fillies 120 Lbs 1-Mile
Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Auto-Qualifier
#1 Beach Towel (Winning Link Stables/I. Castillo): Filly has done little wrong in four starts, with two wins and two runners-up. Already a stake winner versus CA-Breds, she takes a step up in class here. She’ll also have to stretch out for the first time, but she appears to have speed, and, with this draw, that could be dangerous.
#2 Dime Moment (Asgar/F.T. Alvarado): Much like the filly drawn inside of her, this lass is a stake winner herself, and she has yet to run poorly in four starts. She also steps up in class and trips; however, unlike the rail filly, this gal likes to settle into stride before making her rally.
#3 Sinibun (Arindel/J.C. Ferrer): Lass hasn’t defeated winners yet; however, she is graded stakes-placed after just missing in a SAR G3 last out. The class hike isn’t too dramatic, but she will be asked to stretch out for the first time. The extra ground could play to her advantage given how she was rallying late last time.
#4 Radio Ruffian (TwinTowersRacing/M.E. Smith): She took a couple of spins sprinting before bursting through in her third start with a dominant six-length score when she stretched out to a mile. Was a bit closer to the pace at CD, but still rallied late to just lose in a desperate photo at CD. It figures tough in here.
#5 Fake Sunset (Arkansas Elite/Jo. Dominguez): Two-time stakes-winning filly, tried the turf at KD last time, but make no mistake, she’s back on her preferred surface in here. After being well back in both black-type scores, she set the pace last month on the stretch-out. Nothing wrong with the work tab, and a big threat here.
#6 I Made A Decision (Jireh/J.J. Castellano): Had her run of exacta finishes broken last out, but $40.000 claim has been a very good investment thus far. G1 Spinaway may have been too quick of a turn-around, so it’s nice to see her back on full prep for this one. If she can find the two-back form, she can be a major player here.
#7 Firebrand (Nakamura Stables/V. Del-Cid): Yet another that hasn’t turned-in a sub-par performance in four races. Stretched-out nicely after the maiden score to be third in a MTH $200.000 stake and should appreciate that experience as she goes the mile for a second time. Has the speed to lay close, just has to find more power in her finish.
#8 Old Mexico (Mo Mentum Farm/S. Elliott): Filly debuted in a stake and was only beaten four lengths before breaking her maiden at second asking. Tried NM-bred stake foes again in her third start and just missed with a good runner-up effort. Like many in here, she has to handle the hike in class and trip, but the barn’s been high on her since the start.
#9 Reflex Action (D J C Racing Stables/E.J. Wilson): Fourth crack at maidens proved to be graduation day, and now she gets thrown straight into the deep end of the pool. Work tab is strong, especially that mile move a month ago. May appreciate the stretch-out, but she’ll have to answer the class question against some of the best of her crop.
#10 Dressed In Pink (Mb Stables/D. Davis): Broke her maiden at SAR in her third career start before running third in an ON-bred stake. Gets to stretch her legs a bit in this one, and that may play into her style as she doesn’t appear to have a big turn of foot; however, she’s not tiring in her races either. Could be grinding them down late.
#11 Midnight Rumble (Riggins Racing/P. Husbands): Debuted a winner right here three weeks ago and barn steps her right up to the top level. Can’t blame them as debut winners in September are pretty rare, especially at the high-level tracks. Used a strong rally in that only start, but she’ll have to stretch-out without a whole lot of time in between.
#12 War Show (Jive Inc/J. Rosario): Lass was a blow-out winner at second-asking and took a NM-bred stake back in August. Couldn’t replicate that effort at CD, but she didn’t run poorly either. Tall filly comes back on three weeks prep but should appreciate the distance second time around. Will be interesting to see which way she gets pushed when they spring the gates.
#13 (AE) Gospel (Team 7 Illusions/TBD): Winner on debut is stakes-placed, but she’ll need to improve on that CD effort last out.
#14 (AE) Julie Valeria (Rock Creek/TBD): Lass couldn’t keep up at DMR, and she’ll have to run from out wide again if she gets in here.
Final Analysis: It’s a Dolly Parton exacta as we’ll go 9-5-10-4 in the 21st running of The Frizette-G1. Good luck to everyone in all of their races on this big BC Prep weekend!