Race of the Week 2017

Sweet Reason Good After Frizette Adventure

Sweet Reason Spin 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese

Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason, who overcame an awkward start to finish a closing second as the favorite in Saturday's Grade 1 Frizette, emerged from her effort in good shape, trainer Leah Gyarmati said Sunday.


"She came out great. She cleaned her tub and didn't leave an oat," said Gyarmati. "She went out in the round pen and was staring at the track, wondering why she's not training today. She looks good."


The one-mile Frizette was the first loss in three starts for Sweet Reason, a juvenile daughter of Street Sense who won twice at Saratoga Race Course this summer by a combined 12 lengths, including a 5 ¾-length score in the Grade 1 Spinaway.


Both of those races came over sloppy, sealed tracks, making the Frizette her first start on a dry, fast track. Under jockey Alex Solis, Sweet Reason ducked to her left coming out of post position 1, costing her several lengths.


"She ran her heart out," Gyarmati said. "Obviously, you had to see about the dry track in the afternoon, but she didn't give me any reason to think she wouldn't run as well on the dry track as the slop. Then, having to spot the field five lengths and go in and out of traffic and check a couple of times, I'm just very impressed."


Swung four wide and into the clear at the top of the lane, Sweet Reason came flying down the stretch but wound up 1 ¼ lengths shy of winner Artemis Agrotera. Her strong finish has Gyarmati excited about the prospect of stretching her to longer distances.


"That's what she's bred to do, anyway, I think," she said. "All along, we thought she'd go long, and her personality is such that you'd think the longer, the better. She'll do whatever you ask her to do. The two races at Saratoga were very impressive, but she just did it so easily. This, she had to work at."


The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Park on November 2 remains the target for Sweet Reason, who Gyarmati trains for owner Treadway Racing Stable.


"That's what we're looking at," said Gyarmati. "As long as she's OK and she's a hundred percent, bounces back good and looks like she's ready to go again, that's what we'll point for."


Gyarmati has no definite plans for impressive debut winner Noble Moon, who went gate-to-wire in his unveiling for a three-quarter length victory on September 14 at Belmont Park at odds of 25-1.


On Saturday, Noble Moon breezed three furlongs in 38.09 seconds over the Belmont training track, the second work since his win.


"He's doing really well," said Gyarmati. "I don't know where we're going with him yet; maybe the [Grade 2, one-mile] Nashua [November 3, Aqueduct]. We'll see. There's no rush with him."




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