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Frolic's Revenge & Dayatthespa Clash in Sweetest Chant
By Jack Will
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stride Rite Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred Frolic’s Revenge established her grass course credentials winning the Ginger Brew Stakes as a 16-to-1 longshot in her turf debut at Gulfstream Park last out on Dec. 24. Jerry and Ronald Frankel Dayatthespa finished second in the Natalma Stakes (G3) over the Woodbine course before finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
The two accomplished 3-year-old fillies will likely attract the most attention in a field of nine drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to be run at one mile on turf with Jose Lezcano getting aboard Frolic’s Revenge for trainer Milt Wolfson and leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano named to ride Dayatthespa for trainer Chad Brown.
Frolic’s Revenge was accomplished in main track stakes before her hard-fought neck victory in the Ginger Brew. The daughter of Vindication out of Graded stakes-winner Stormy Frolic won or placed in three stakes at Calder before a respectable fourth-place in the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland, but never had much chance finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill with a very wide trip.
“In the Ginger Brew, we were pretty much committed to use her speed coming out of the 11-post and follow the other horse (Ready’s Signal) out of the 12,” said Wolfson Friday morning. “We’ve got a better draw this time with the five (post) and will be able to let her find her spot depending on the way the race develops.
“We weren’t sure she would like turf until that race. Her dam (Stormy Frolic) wasn’t all that fond of it. She loved mud, but her second dam, Lindsay Frolic, won stakes going long on turf and dirt. It’s a good position to be in that we’ll have the option of running if a race comes off. She’ll go either way (turf or dirt) and where she runs will more or less depend on what races come up on her schedule.”
Dayatthespa won a New York-bred turf sprint in her career debut at Saratoga in early August and then finished a strong second in the Natalma at Woodbine in September with Stephanie’s Kitten third that day. In the Breeders’ Cup, Stephanie’s Kitten would go on to victory with Dayatthespa finishing ninth, although beaten only 5 ½ lengths for it all.
Hardacre Farm’s Ready Signal set the pace in the Ginger Brew and gave way grudgingly to be second at 25-to-1 behind Frolic Revenge. The daughter of More Than Ready is trained by Hardacre owner Amy Tarrant and had broken her maiden on turf at Belmont Park in mid-October in her turf debut after two dull tries on the main track at Monmouth Park. Jockey Juan Leyva gets a return call.
Making her turf debut in the Sweetest Chant will be Jacks or Better Farm’s Florida homebred Awesome Belle with Luis Saez to ride for trainer Stanley Gold. The daughter of Awesome of Course won the My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder last fall, but like Frolic’s Revenge had an outside post and very wide trip finishing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Awesome Belle came back to finish an even fifth in the Old Hat Stakes (G3) going six furlongs on the main track here on New Year’s Day to get another campaign going, and her connections have reason to be optimistic that she will like turf as a half-sister to Jacks or Better-bred and raced filly Bayou’s Lassie, a winner of more than $700,000 earned on turf for the most start.
Completing the field for the Sweetest Chant are Parting Glass Stable’s Wholelottashakin, Alex Solis; Marco Thoroughbred Corp.’s Italian Rose, Jesus Castanon; Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Sisterhood, Julio Garica; Live Oak Plantation’s Slew’s Exchange, John Velazquez; and Chasing Tails Stable’s Ann of the Dance, Julien Leparoux.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Dancing Solo was entered to run ‘main track only’ by trainer Todd Pletcher.