Friday, February 17, 2012
Frolic’s Revenge Back to Dirt for Davona Dale
Stride Rite Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred 3-year-old filly Frolic’s Revenge ran very well in her two starts at the meet on turf winning the Ginger Brew Stakes on Dec. 24 and finishing a game third last out in the Sweetest Chant Stakes on Jan. 22 for trainer Milt Wolfson
However, she will be back on the main track next Saturday (Feb. 25) for the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.
Frolic’s Revenge is a daughter of Vindication out of multiple stakes-winner Stormy Frolic. Frolic’s Revenge was among the leading juvenile fillies developed at Calder last year, winning the Lindsay Frolic Stakes (named for her second dam and also trained by Wolfson).
Frolic’s Revenge went on to finish fourth in the Alcibiades Stakes (G1) on Polytrack at Keeneland, but never had much chance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 after drawing the far outside post 14, finishing ninth behind undefeated Eclipse champion My Miss Aurelia.
Wolfson readily acknowledges he expects the Davona Dale to be a “tough spot.” Expected to lead the cast will be Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable and Elkstone Group’s Grace Hall, second last out in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Anthony Dutrow, three lengths behind the brilliant My Miss Aurelia.
Another stakes-winning prospect for the Davona Dale was on the track at Palm Meadows Friday morning as Darley Stable’s homebred Captivating Lass worked a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 1:00 flat for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The daughter of A.P. Indy won the Busanda Stakes going one mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct last out on Jan. 7 before shipping to Palm Meadows where she has posted two previous workouts.
Telling Back to Longer Distance for Mac Diarmida
JoAnn and Alex Lieblong’s 8-year-old Telling finished a non-threatening eighth behind Little Mike in a one-mile allowance race over the Gulfstream Park course on Dec. 22 in his first start since late April and first in the care of trainer David Fawkes. He will be back to a longer distance and one he much prefers for the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) going 1 3/8 miles on Sun., Feb. 26.
“He needed to run and get going again,” said Fawkes Friday morning. “I didn’t have any great expectations for him that day. We know he wants to go longer.” A son of A.P. Indy, Telling is best-known on the national stage for winning consecutive renewals of the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) at Saratoga in 2009-10 for the Lieblongs’ mid-west trainer Steve Hobby with career earnings of nearly $850,000.
Telling ran in two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), finishing seventh behind Conduit at Santa Anita in 2009 and sixth behind Dangerous Midge in 2010 at Churchill Downs. He obviously was off form last before the layoff when finishing ninth in the Elkhorn Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in late April.
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