Raging Fever sat just off the early pace and rallied to win the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Saturday at Belmont Park. Betting favorite Dancinginmydreams, who finished a fast-closing second to Raging Fever in the Matron Stakes (gr. I), was pulled up by jockey Pat Day when making a wide run out of the turn and was vanned off the track.
"She suffered a comminuted -- which means 'many pieces' -- fracture of the first phalanx, which is the long pastern bone of the right hind leg, just below the ankle," NYRA veterinarian Dr. Neil A. Cleary said.
Under jockey Jerry Bailey, Raging Fever rated in third place early on, 1 1/2 lengths behind pacesetter Stormy Pick. Raging Fever began a three-wide move on the turn and sustained her run to the wire, winning by 3 1/2 lengths over the Nick Zito-trained Out of Sync. Raging Fever completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.57 on a fast track. Western Justice finished third, followed by Stormy Pick, Haitian Vacation, Two Item Limit, Ilusoria, Diablo's Girl, and Ultravase.
Raging Fever is an Edward Evans homebred daughter of Storm Cat out of the Seattle Slew mare Pennant Fever. She remains undefeated with the win, her fifth career victory. Prior to the Frizette, Raging Fever won the Matron, Adirondack (gr. II), and Astoria Stakes. A full sister of Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) winner Stormin Fever, Raging Fever is trained by Mark Hennig and raced on Lasix for the first time in the Frizette.
Raging Fever, the 3-2 second wagering choice, paid $5, $4.50 and $3.10. Out of Sync, sent off at just over 47-1, paid $22.80 and $15.20. Western Justice was worth $8.60 to show. The winning exacta combination was worth $138. (Chart, Equibase