Future Stars Friday: MAKING HEADLINES IN THE FRIZETTE
Courtesy of Ren Carothers (@RenCarothers)
The Frizette was inaugurated in 1945. Its namesake was a multiple stakes winner in the early 1900s, but she may be credited most as a foundation mare. Some of the most important horses to step foot on the track or in the breeding shed can be traced to her. Mr. Prospector, Myrtlewood, Dahlia, and Seattle Slew are just some of the stars that hail from her line. So, it is fitting that race named in her honor has produced greats like Personal Ensign. The Frizette can also be found on the résumé of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies champions who went on to collect Eclipse two-year-old filly honors: Meadow Star, Flanders, Storm Song, Storm Flag Flying, Indian Blessing, and My Miss Aurelia.
The eight entered fillies in this year’s edition of the Frizette are in the infancy of what could be stellar careers. While lightly raced, the past performances of their families can help paint a picture of just what they might be able to accomplish. Let’s take a closer look:
#1 Brucia La Terra – What was supposed to be a turf debut was moved to the main track at Saratoga, but this miss prevailed by 3-3/4 lengths despite the surface switch. She’s by G2 Risen Star victor El Padrino, a half brother to multiple G1 winner Verrazano (Wood Memorial, Haskell Invitational). Her dam is a half sister to Dirge, who won the Alphabet Soup Handicap, and is a daughter of stakes placed runners Not For Love and Sad Refrain. Not for Love is a full brother to 1989 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor and Eclipse champion two-year-old colt Rhythm. He is also the broodmare sire of two-time Horse of the Year (2014, 2016) California Chrome. Brucia La Terra’s third dam, Lonely Balladier, was a multiple stakes winner and G2 placed, getting the show dough in the Matchmaker.
#2 Jaywalk – Her lone loss came in start number one, in which she was defeated by fellow Frizette entrant Nonna Madeline. Jaywalk last won the White Clay Creek Stakes, which has proven pretty productive, with the three fillies who finished behind her coming back to win their next starts. Congrats Girl won an optional $50k claimer by fourteen lengths, Group Text took an allowance N1X, and Start the Show scored by four in the Small Wonder Stakes.
Jaywalk represents the first crop of 2013 Whitney Invitational winner Cross Traffic. Her dam, Lady Pewitt, is by 2002 Eclipse Champion Sprinter, and Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, Orientate, and out of Spin Room, an unraced half sister to multiple stakes winners, including 2010 Louisiana Derby winner Mission Impazible, and 1999 Del Mar Futurity champ Forest Camp, who was sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Jaywalk herself is a half sister to Danzatrice, who counts the Iowa Distaff among her wins.
#3 Take Me to Hardoon – She graduated recently in a 5.5 furlong sprint against NY-bred competition and the runner-up, Sassy Agnes, next won the Lady Finger Stakes. Hardoon is a daughter of G1 CashCall Futurity winner Violence, and her dam, She’s Got Rules, is by Hall of Famer Holy Bull, who went on a graded-stakes win streak in 1994, taking the Met Mile, Dwyer, Haskell, Travers, and Woodward. Notable names in the female family include graded-stakes winners Pok Ta Pok,, Smooth Air, Overdriven, Justwhistledixie, and her sons Mohaymen, who won the Nashua and Remsen at two, and the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth at three, and New Year’s Day, winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
#4 Nonna Madeline – This Pletcher trainee has only seen the winner’s circle once in three starts, but she shows up every time. While out of the money in the Spinaway, she was ultimately only four lengths back from Sippican Harbor. Nonna Madeline is a daughter of G1 Pacific Classic winner Candy Ride and half sister to G2 Adirondack winner Nonna Mela. Her unraced dam is by Storm Cat, and is a full sister to G1 Haskell Invitational champ Bluegrass Cat, who was second in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont, and Travers. Her second dam was unraced, but is a full sister to G1 Vosburgh winner Girolamo, as well as G2 Day Dreaming, who got the show dough in the 2003 Spinaway.
#5 Graceful Princess – Breed the best to the best and hope for the best... Graceful Princess is an example of this practice, and she came through with a debut win at Saratoga, essentially wiring the field. Her sire, 2004 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, commands a $300,000 stud fee, and her dam is 2011’s Horse of the Year, Havre de Grace. Graceful Princess’s “grandma” is a half sister to G3 placed The Bink, who is better known as the dam of G1 winning millionaire Riskaverse, twice victorious in the Flower Bowl Invitational. This is a female family which sports a lot of black type, and counts among its members 1980 Eclipse champion sprinter Plugged Nickle.
#6 Covfefe – She’s a filly with a silly name, but serious talent. She decimated her rivals by 9-1/4 lengths on debut at Churchill Downs. It’s great to see her connections allowing her the chance to make the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. LNJ Foxwoods won the Frizette with Nickname in 2015, and Covfefe could very well get the job done for them, too. Check out this amazing pedigree, which just can’t be condensed -
Covfefe is by G1 CashCall Futurity winner Into Mischief, a half brother to four-time Eclipse champion and Hall of Fame bound Beholder. Into Mischief is also a half brother to Mendelssohn, who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and ran a game second in the Travers before gutting it out for third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Covfefe’s dam, Antics, is an unraced daughter of 1990’s Eclipse champion three- year-old, and Kentucky Derby victor, Unbridled, who also made impact as an exceptional broodmare sire. Supporting this point, Antics has produced Albiano, a multiple graded-stakes winner in Japan, and Going Day, who was third in the Prix de Thiberville in France. Antics is a half sister to some pretty notable runners, including the U.A.E.’s 2001 Horse of the Year, Festival of Light, stakes winner Alisios, and G1 winners Acoma and Arch. Among Acoma’s victories is the G1 Juddmonte Spinster, which she won before finishing fifth in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (Distaff). As for Arch, before becoming an influential sire, he scored in the 1998 G1 Super Derby and G3 Fayette, the latter of which he completed in 1:53 4/5, a track record time for the 1-3/16th miles.
Covfefe’s second dam is a daughter of Danzig named Aurora. She won the Aqueduct Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap in 1992 and was second in the 1993 G3 Beaugay. Her full sister, Yamanin Paradise won nearly $1.5 million dollars and champion two-year-old filly honors in Japan. Aurora’s half sisters, Destiny Dance and Alyssum, were stakes winners, as well, with the former winning the G3 Sheepshead Bay Handicap in 1990 and the latter taking the 1997 Nassau and graded, runner-up finishes in the Prioress and Honeybee Stakes.
Covfefe’s great-grandma, Althea, was named 1983’s Eclipse champion two-year-old filly and her conquests in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, Del Mar Debutante – and Del Mar Futurity – Hollywood Starlet, Las Virgenes, Santa Susana, and Arkansas Derby led her to being installed as favorite in the 1984 Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, she faltered that day, finishing 19th, but what a fantastic campaign up to that point. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, and ridden by Pat Valenzuela, Althea was the first filly to win the Arkansas Derby, and she did it by five lengths in 1:46 4/5, which tied the record Wild Again set the previous day in the Oaklawn Handicap.
Althea’s full sisters, Aishah and Aquilegia, were graded stakes winners. The latter produced Gr3W/Gr1P Bertolini and stakes winner Amelia, who is also the dam of black type contributors Assateague, Kindergarten Kid, Rainha Da Bateria, and He’s Had Enough. Furthermore, Amelia’s unraced daughter, Alittlebitearly, is the dam of 2014’s Breeders’ Cup Classic champion, Bayern. Aishah was a successful broodmare, too, foaling G1W Aldiza, who later produced black type runners Altesse, Where’s the Moon, and Alchemist. Althea’s three-quarters brother, Native Courier, was a multiple G3 winner, with scores in the Seneca, Brighton Beach, and the Bernard Baruch. He also picked up some G1 placings with a second in the 1979 Man o’War and third in the Turf Classic. Another three-quarters sibling, Ketoh, won the G1 Cowdin in 1985. Her half brother, Press Card, was multiple G1 placed, third in the 1992 Champagne and second in the G1 Pegasus Handicap at the Meadowlands. Other half siblings include Ali Oop, winner of the 1975 G1 Sapling, Twining, who picked up G2 wins in the Peter Pan and Withers of 1994, and Princess Oola, whose stakes win came in the 1982 Whitemarsh Handicap.
Althea and her siblings were produced by 1983’s Broodmare of the Year, Courtly Dee. If you explore this tree further, you’ll find its branches are far-reaching and its stakes winners are plentiful beyond those already mentioned and included are Kentucky Derby champs Iron Liege, Swaps, and California Chrome.
#7 Cassies Dreamer – This filly is the second entry for trainer Barclay Tagg, She fared well in the G1 Spinaway, getting up for third at 68-1, and only 2-1/4 lengths off Sippican Harbor. Cassie’s Dreamer is by G2 placed Flatter, a full brother to Congrats, winner of the G2 San Pasqual and runner-up in the 2005 G1 Santa Anita Handicap. While both first and second dams were unraced, the latter is a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real.
#8 Sue’s Fortune – Jeremiah Englehart’s second entrant crushed state-bred competition, gate-to-wire, with a winning margin of 8-1/2 lengths on debut, and showed she could successfully rate next out, taking the G2 Adirondack. Sue is a daughter of A.P. Indy sire Jump Start. He won the 2001 G2 Saratoga Special and was runner-up in the G1 Champagne. Her dam, Democrat Taxes, is a full sister to Talking Treasure, who won the Bowerie, Lady D’Accord, Saratoga Dew, Fleet Indian, and New York Oaks Stakes. Perhaps the most noteworthy name this female family sports shows up when you look at Sue’s fourth dam, Skeeb, who is a full sister to 1987 Eclipse champion older mare North Sider.
That’s your field for the 2018 G1 Frizette. The winner’s share of a $400,000 purse, points toward the Kentucky Oaks, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies berth are just a mile away. Of all the entrants, Covfefe looks to have the deepest pedigree, and based on that debut, could continue to make (not fake) news.
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