My Miss Aurelia, Stopshoppingmaria Meet Again in Frizette

My Miss Aurelia breaks maiden at Saratoga (7-22-11).
On July 22, My Miss Aurelia and Stopshoppingmaria debuted in the ninth race at Saratoga Race Course, with the former winning by one length and the latter finishing third after stumbling at the start. The two juvenile fillies both made their second starts on August 14 at the Spa as My Miss Aurelia captured the Grade 2 Adirondack by a neck after Stopshoppingmaria aired by 9 ¾ lengths in a maiden race.


This Saturday at Belmont Park, the two fillies will be reunited in the Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette at one mile. The Frizette is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race, with the winner awarded a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. The Frizette will be shown live on MSG Plus on a broadcast that will run from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT. and will also include the live running of the Grade 1 Champagne and a replay of the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap.


My Miss Aurelia has shown speed in her two starts, stalking the pace and edging clear late in her maiden win at six furlongs and dueling for the lead and turning back a late challenge from Millionreasonswhy in the 6 ½-furlong Adirondack. The Steve Asmussen trainee was briefly considered for Saratoga’s Grade 1 Spinaway on September 4 before her connections decided to await the Frizette.


“The Spinaway was quick back and would have been a little too much,” said George Bolton, who owns My Miss Aurelia in partnership with Stonestreet Stables. “She just had two big efforts in a row.”


Like everyone else in the field of six fillies, My Miss Aurelia will be making her first start at one mile.


“The stretch out is less of a change than a two-turn mile,” said Bolton. “Her mother [My Miss Storm Cat] was a sprinter, but her sire [Smart Strike] is known to have distance horses. It’s a nice division [of 2-year-old fillies] in the East, but we think we have brought a nice filly.”


Corey Nakatani will ride My Miss Aurelia, the 7-5 second choice on the morning line, from the rail.


Stopshoppingmaria, the 6-5 morning-line favorite, was considered for the Adirondack before her team opted in favor of a six-furlong maiden race on the undercard. After Stopshoppingmaria led at every call en route to an easy victory, trainer Todd Pletcher admitted the decision to bypass the Adirondack “might have been a mistake.”


Instead, the Frizette will serve as the Mike Repole representative’s graded stakes debut.


“She shipped from Saratoga about two weeks ago and she has been breezing well, with two five-eighths over here, both of which were very good with strong gallop-out,” Whit Beckman, assistant to Pletcher.. There’s no reason why she shouldn’t run to her form. With the way she breezes and the way she gallops out, [the extra distance] should not be an issue for her. She has a great pedigree to go forward.”


Stopshoppingmaria will leave from post position 3 with John Velazquez aboard.


The Frizette will be the second start for Cheyenne Stables’ Miss Netta, who on August 27 took a six-furlong Saratoga maiden race by 2 ¾ lengths under a hand ride.


Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin realizes the Frizette is an ambitious spot for a second-time starter but is happy with the way his filly has progressed following her maiden score.


“It’s a tough race,” said McLaughlin. “If we’re third to [the two favorites], it’s a success story, Grade 1 placing. But we like our chances. She’s doing well. It’s a big step from just breaking maiden to a Grade 1, but we’ll see where we stand.”


Rajiv Maragh has the return assignment aboard Miss Netta, 8-1 on the morning line, from post 2.


From post 3 out, the Frizette field drew Holiday Soiree, who enters the race off wins at Ellis Park and Hoosier Park; Spare Change, an eight-length winner in the slop on August 21 at Saratoga in her second start; and Harbor Mist, victorious in the Anne Clare for New York-breds on September 1 at the Spa.


The field for the Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette:








My Miss Aurelia (KY)

C S Nakatani


S M Asmussen



Miss Netta (KY)

R Maragh


K P McLaughlin



Stopshoppingmaria (KY)

J R Velazquez


T A Pletcher



Holiday Soiree (KY)

E S Prado


J P Terranova, II



Spare Change (KY)

J Castellano


C R McGaughey III



Harbor Mist (NY)

R Curatolo


P M Serpe





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