Thursday, January 01, 2009


Frolic’s Dream & Elusive Heat Clash in Old Hat Sunday


Dare To Dream Farm’s Frolic’s Dream is undefeated in three starts for trainer Marty Wolfson, and Martin Schwartz’ Elusive Heat was brilliant winning her only start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, and the two promising prospects will get the most attention in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan has been aboard Frolic’s Dream in all of her starts and retains the mount in Sunday’s six-furlong test. Edgar Prado gets a return call on Elusive Heat. Frolic’s Dream is a roan/gray Florida homebred daughter of Smoke Glacken who won the $100,000 Cassidy Stakes by 12¾ lengths on Oct. 18 and $150,000 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 8 by 1¼ lengths in her last two starts at Calder after a winning debut.


Elusive Heat is a daughter of Elusive Quality out of Eclipse champion filly Xtra Heat, a winner of $3 million sprinting for the most part. Elusive Heat was purchased for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-old sales and won her lone start going 5½ furlongs at Belmont Park on Oct. 12 by 5½ lengths as the odds-on choice.

Gessler Racing Stable’s Redreamit is another contender in the Old Hat who made a big impression winning her only start as the favorite. Trained by Ken McPeek, the roan/gray daughter of Tapit captured her debut at Churchill Downs by 3¾ lengths on Nov. 23 going 6½ furlongs. Jockey Kent Desormeaux will have the mount.

Melnyk Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred Gemswick Park with jockey John R. Velazquez to ride has solid credentials as well after finishing third in the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont and second last out in the Tempted Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, setting the pace in both races. Trained by Tom Albertrani, the daughter of Melnyk’s Eclipse champion sprinter Speightstown broke her maiden by 6½ lengths at Belmont before the Frizette.

Completing the field for the Old Hat are Edward P. Evans’ Casanova Move, Alan Garcia; Buongiomo A. Tutti Stable’s Sweet Repent, Javier Castellano, and Ed Edelberg’s Honchis’n Ponchis, Julien Leparoux.


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