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Frolic's Revenge Debuts on Turf in Ginger Brew Saturday
By Jack Will
Stride Rite Stable’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Frolic’s Revenge had a very wide trip from post 12 when finishing ninth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. She gets a chance to get back on track as she makes her first start on turf in Saturday’s $60,000 Ginger Brew Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.
“That race (Breeders’ Cup) is just a throw out. She never had a chance to get in it,” said trainer Milt Wolfson Wednesday morning from his Calder headquarters. “At least I could share in the celebration when Musical Romance won the (Breeders’ Cup) Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) for Bill Kaplan that afternoon,” he said of his longtime Calder-based friend. Frolic’s Revenge drew post 12 for the Ginger Brew.
Wolfson has trained three generations of Frolic’s Revenge’s distaff family for Stride Rite, including the dam, Stormy Frolic, a multiple stakes-winner of $360,000. “I’ve had a lot of nice horses from this family and most of them have run well on turf. This filly has a lot of class, so I’m looking forward to trying her (on turf).”
Jockey Paco Lopez has the mount on the daughter of Vindication that had won two of six starts with a second and two thirds prior to the Breeders’ Cup, and finished a good fourth in the Alcibiades Stakes (G1) on Polytrack at Keeneland on Oct. 7. Frolic’s Revenge won the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder in late August, a race named after another multiple stakes-winner from the ‘Frolic’ family trained by Wolfson.
A field of 13 2-year-old fillies was drawn for this first running of the Ginger Brew and two contenders already have a stakes win on turf on their resumes – Tracy Pinchin’s Sinister Brew with jockey Elvis Trujillo getting a return call for trainer Jose Pinchin and Julio Garcia aboard Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Sisterhood for trainer Wesley Ward.
Sinister Brew is a Florida homebred by Milwaukee Brew and placed in a pair of main track stakes at Calder over the summer before a fifth-place finish behind local division leader Awesome Belle in the My Dear Girl Division final of the Florida Stallion Stakes series. Sinister Brew made her turf debut last out in the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 12 and rallied for a hard-fought, half-length victory.
Sisterhood is a Kentucky homebred daughter of the owner’s 2004 Eclipse champion turf horse and highly-successful turf sire Kitten’s Joy and finished fourth and fifth in maiden races sprinting on turf at Belmont Park and Saratoga this summer to begin her career. She shipped to Texas for her last start on Oct. 15 capturing the La Senorita Stakes over the Retama Park course.
John Oxley’s Spirited Miss with Canadian champion jockey Luis Contreras to ride for trainer Mark Casse will be among the choices, despite a dull try in the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 when checking in last of 10.
A daughter of Oxley’s Sky Mesa, Spirited Miss won her career debut on turf at Woodbine in late August, finished fourth on turf in the Natalma Stakes (G3) on turf in September and just missed when second by a head in the $200,000 Mazarine Stakes on Polytrack in early October.
Oxley and Casse have another contender that will likely attract solid support with Sky High Lady and John Velazquez. Also a daughter of Sky Mesa, she made her first three starts on Polytrack at Woodbine, including a close-up fourth when rallying from far back in the Mazarine Stakes before breaking her maiden last out going two turns at Churchill Downs on Nov. 17.
Completing the field for the Ginger Brew are Billy, Donna and Justin Hays’ Shirley Says So, Farnsworth Stable’s Ann of the Dance, Ramona Bass’ Welcome Dance, Parting Glass Stable’s Wholelottashakin, Shadwell Stable’s Almusafa, Alex Campbell, Jr.’s Karlova Vary, Luis Duco Stable’s Macanuda and Hardacre Farm’s Ready Signal.