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Frolic's Revenge Tries Polytrack in Alcibiades

Calder-based stakes runner will be in action in three Graded stakes on the spectacular first weekend of the Keeneland fall meet beginning Friday, two for trainer Bill Kaplan and another for trainer Milt Wolfson; and all three to be ridden by jockey Juan Leyva, who has had a career season here, finishing a strong third in the standings for the Calder meet and riding several high-profile stakes horses.


Leyva’s mount on the Friday opening day card will be Stride Rite Stable’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Frolic’s Revenge in the $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes (G1), a ‘Win and You’re In’ event guaranteeing a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run on Fri., Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.


Frolic’s Revenge is a daughter of Vindication out of multiple stakes winner Stormy Frolic and has made all of her five starts at Calder, winning the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes by nearly five lengths in late August and finishing second last out as the favorite in the $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes on Sept. 17 behind wire-to-wire winner Conway Two Step.


“She left here this morning,” said Wolfson Monday afternoon. “After she finished second (Brave Raj) I considered not going, but the other filly Conway Two Step was loose on the lead, but our filly actually ran a good race under the circumstances and deserves the chance. Of course we’ll have to see if she handles the synthetic (Polytrack).”


Kaplan co-owns 4-year-old filly Musical Romance with Pinnacle Racing Stable as she emerged as a top-class stakes sprinter here this summer, winning three stakes and finishing a game second by a neck behind Sassy Image in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) on Summit of Speed day, July 9.


A Florida-bred daughter of Concorde’s Tune, Musical Romance has since shipped to Pennsylvania where she won a hard-fought neck decision in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters (G2) on Sept. 10 with Leyva aboard and then shipped to Churchill Downs where she breezed five furlongs last week.


Musical Romance will run in Saturday’s $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2), a ‘Win and You’re In’ test for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), also to be run on Fri., Nov. 4, although Kaplan pointed out that she is not Breeders’ Cup eligible as yet and would need to be supplemented at a cost of $100,000.


Kaplan also has 4-year-old filly Tesoro de Amor at Churchill for longtime clients Teresa and David Palmer and plans to run the homebred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) on Sunday, a ‘Win and You’re’ event for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1), also to be run Fri., Nov. 4.


Tesoro de Amor placed in several Calder stakes this summer, finishing a strong third in the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter Handcap here on July 23, beaten a length by local division leader Sweet Repent. In one start since, Tesoro de Amor had an unfortunate trip to Monmouth Park where she finished fifth in the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Handicap (G2) on Sept. 3 after stumbling at the start.


Tesoro de Amor breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/4 Monday morning and both she and Musical Romance were due to van to Keeneland on Tuesday to complete preparations for their weekend engagements.



Sweet and Vicious No Longshot in Friday Feature



Korina Stable’s 2-year-old filly Sweet and Vicious was sent off 40-to-1 when she finished second by a half-length in the $74,000 Catcharisingstar Stakes last out going five furlongs on turf on Aug. 27 at Calder Casino & Race Course for trainer Manny Azpurua, but will be a lot shorter price over the same course and distance in Friday’s ‘a other than’ allowance feature.


A $35,000 OBS August yearling purchase by Drewman, Sweet and Vicious was making her turf course debut in the Catcharisingstar after winning one of six starts on the main track, but had shown little when seventh of eight behind division leaders Queen Drama and Redbud Road in the $125,000 Susan’s Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in her previous start. Jockey Jose Alvarez gets the call Friday.


Sweet and Vicious faces seven rivals with Bathen Thoroughbreds’ All American Star possibly the biggest threat with Daniel Centeno to ride for trainer David Fawkes. The Florida homebred daughter of Quiet American will bid to bounce back from a ninth-place finish last out going one mile and 70 yards in the $90,000 Brave Raj Stakes on Sept. 17, a race won by Fawkes-trained filly Conway Two Step.




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