'Frolic' too fast for Toddler field

August 08, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Lindsay Frolic came advertised as the horse to beat in the $53,100 Toddler Breeders' Cup Stakes yesterday at Pimlico. She didn't disappoint.

The Florida-bred filly fought off an early challenge from Willowy Proof and a late rush by Miss Claratius and won her second straight stakes by a length at slightly better than even-money odds.

Jockey Wigberto Ramos also shipped in from Florida for the mount on Lindsay Frolic, whose only defeat in four starts was by a half-length in the Riviera Stakes at Calder on July 2.

The time for the 5 1/2 -furlong event for 2-year-old fillies was a brisk 1:05 2/5 over a fast track.

"She broke good and finished real strong," was Ramos' succinct appraisal of the race, which pushed Lindsay Frolic's career earnings to nearly $77,000.

Trainer Milton Wolfson said Ramos delayed a suspension to ride Lindsay Frolic.

"The jock said he wasn't going to let this one get away from him," said Wolfson. "He got days back in July and waited until next week to start taking them. He did that so he could ride this filly."

Lindsay Frolic's next start will be in the $150,000 Bassinet Stakes at River Downs on Aug. 28.

Long-shot Miss Claratius was full of run at the finish and might have made even more of a contest of it had jockey Mary Wiley not been forced to check briefly in the stretch while launching her rally.

Previously unbeaten Fighting Countess, second choice in the betting, was third by a head over Ivory Code but never challenged for the lead.

Wiley said there was doubt about whether Miss Claratius, a late runner, would compete in a race filled with speedy opponents.

"We were very concerned on whether to run her or not," she said. "But she's a very good filly. I think she ran real well, but I really didn't think we would be able to beat the winner."

Lindsay Frolic is exquisitely bred, a daughter of Housebuster's sire, Mount Livermore, out of the top sprint mare Cherokee Frolic.

NOTES: Apprentice jockey Dylan Armstrong will begin his second suspension of the month Wednesday after being disqualified aboard Lady Popoff, the apparent winner, in the first race Saturday. It was his first ride after the first suspension. . . . A field of 10 is expected for Saturday's $60,000 Find Handicap for Maryland-bred horses. Among the nominees for the 1 1/8 -mile turf test is Dancing Douglas, who finished second yesterday in an allowance race on the grass. Graded stakes winner Awad has been assigned top weight of 122 pounds. . . . Jockey Joe Rocco scored two victories yesterday, prevailing with Promised Secret

in a nose-to-nose stretch battle with Flash Blue in the second race to complete the daily double. . . . De Francis Dash winner Cherokee Run was beaten by Boundary after a stirring duel in the $100,000 Phenomenon Handicap at Saratoga yesterday. . . . Prominent Maryland breeder and owner Robert Meyerhoff has been elected to The Jockey Club.

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