2022 Frizette Stakes at a Glance

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Jaywalk (right, magenta and white jockey cap and silks) takes command en route to winning the 2018 Frizette Stakes. (Robert Mauhar/NYRA)

A day after colts get their chance to prep for and earn a free spot in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup, 2-year-old fillies will get their chance Sunday in the Frizette Stakes at Aqueduct, held during the Belmont at the Big A meet. The Grade 1 stakes will be contested at a mile, but will be run around one turn. Mindful of how the last two and three of the last four winners of the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies ran in the Frizette, Sunday’s edition deserves considerable attention.

frizette stakes

Racetrack: Aqueduct Racetrack, Queens, New York

Date: Oct. 2

Purse: $400,000

Distance: 1 mile

Race: 8

Post Time: 4:41 p.m. ET

Notable winners: Echo Zulu (2021), Jaywalk (2018), My Miss Aurelia (2011), Storm Flag Flying (2002), Storm Song (1996), Flanders (1994), Heavenly Prize (1993), Meadow Star (1990), Personal Ensign (1986), Princess Rooney (1982), La Prevoyante (1972), Numbered Account (1971), Forward Gal (1970), Shuvee (1968), Tosmah (1963), Cicada (1961)..

First held: 1945

1. Leave No Trace: She’s undefeated in two starts and looked good winning the seven-furlong Spinaway Stakes. Her final work for this race was termed “exceptional” and she’s bred to handle the distance. Breaking from the rail will also be an asset for a filly who should be a major threat.

JOCKEY: Jose Lezcano TRAINER: Phil Serpe

2. American Rockette: She looked good winning an off-the-turf race in her debut but then was a troubled fourth in the Spinaway. She’s bred to handle more distance and is worth a look if the price is right.

JOCKEY: Junior Alvarado TRAINER: Bill Mott

3. Raging Sea: Comes off a narrow win in her debut. The time wasn’t great, but she’s trained by Chad Brown so it would not be unusual to see her take a big step forward in her second start and be a factor here.

JOCKEY: Flavien Prat TRAINER: Chad Brown                                               

4. Chocolate Gelato: After a third-place finish in her debut, she turned in a truly sweet effort in winning by 8 ½ lengths in her next start. The final time was impressive, earning her a stellar Beyer Speed Figure of 92. If she can stretch that speed out from six furlongs to a mile, she will be very hard to beat.

JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz Jr. TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

5. Vedareo: She’s a half-sister to 2020’s champion 2-year-old filly Vequist, who was second in this race, so she can definitely handle the distance. She disappointed in the Schuylerville Stakes, but had some trouble and then rebound with a solid win in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. She’s definitely worth a close look.

JOCKEY: Jose Ortiz TRAINER: Butch Reid

‘Win and You’re In’ recognition. (Eclipse Sportswire)

6. The Great Maybe: There’s no maybes about it. She’s one of three starters coming into the race off a debut win and she earned the best Beyer Speed Figure (82). She won by eight lengths that day and put in a sharp bullet work for Sunday’s race. There’s much to like here.

JOCKEY: Javier Castellano TRAINER: Cherie DeVaux

7. You’re My Girl: She romped by 14 ½ lengths but that was in a state-bred race as opposed to open company. New York-breds have surely become a factor in major races, but her 75 Beyer puts her in the middle of the pack here.

JOCKEY: Joel Rosario TRAINER: John Terranova II

THE PICK: Chocolate Gelato

LIVE LONGSHOT: The Great Maybe

SUPERFECTA: 4-1-6-5

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