Dayoutoftheoffice Still Perfect After Frizette
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Courtesy of Curtis Kalleward of the Racing Dudes
ELMONT, NY – Tim Hamm and Siena Farm's Dayoutoftheoffice is still perfect through 3 starts after winning Saturday's $250,000 Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
The Frizette is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with Dayoutoftheoffice receiving an automatic berth in the Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland this November.
Dayoutoftheoffice broke from post 5 under Junior Alvarado as the 5/2 second choice and settled into a stalking position outside of the 4/5 favorite Vequist.
Just ahead of them, Joy's Rocket posted opening fractions of :22.94 and :46.41, but midway through the far turn, Dayoutoftheoffice ranged up to take the lead. Straightening for home with Vequist chasing in vain behind her, Dayoutoftheoffice eventually crossed 2 lengths clear while completing the one-turn fast dirt mile in 1:35.82.
"When you ride fast horses, it makes it easy for you," Alvarado said. "I thought (the pace) was going to be a little more contested and I was going to stalk, but I felt like I was in control of the race from where I was. I knew I had the horse in front of me, so I just made sure my filly got into a nice rhythm, and at the same time, keep everybody where I wanted them to be. It worked out great today. When I asked her turning for home, she responded beautifully."
While unable to close past the winner, Vequist held second by 10 1/4 lengths over Cilla.
Joy's Rocket, Cantata, and Get On the Bus completed the order of finish.
Fifth Risk was scratched.
Dayoutoftheoffice's victory followed a 4 1/2-furlong maiden-breaking debut at Gulfstream Park in May and a 19/1 upset in July's Schuylerville Stakes (G3) at Saratoga. The Into Mischief filly has now earned $216,500 for Hamm (who also trains) and Siena Farm (who also bred her).
"When you put a plan together that works - the team of Siena Farm and myself and all our assistants - you feel vindicated," Hamm said. "We all thought this filly was special when she won at 4 1/2 because we knew she would be able to get longer than that. She was able to get the job done today."
Dayoutoftheoffice returned $7.80 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.80 to show. Vequist brought back $2.40 to place and $2.30 to show, while Cilla paid $5 to show.
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