Balletto, Play With Fire Meet Again in Frizette
Trained by Mark Hennig, Play With Fire broke her maiden first time out, then finished third in the Spinaway (gr. II) and Matron behind Sense of Style. The 1 1/16-mile distance of the Frizette could be a question for Play With Fire. Her dam, Realm, won both of her races in routes. Her sire Boundary went six-for-eight in sprints with a pair of grade III wins in 1994.Claiborne Farm bred Play With Fire in Kentucky.Sis City will be making her Frizette start off a 16-length win in the $60,000 Mongo Queen Stakes at Monmouth.Owner Sanford Goldfarb and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. claimed Sis City for $50,000 out of a Saratoga maiden race in which the filly won by a nose in her third career start. She was winless against maiden special weights in two runs at Churchill Downs this spring."My sheets guy liked her line, plus she's bred for distance," Dutrow said of the filly whose sire, Slew City Slew, won all his races in routes and scored in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) and Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I).
Sis City, bred by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable in Kentucky, has been on or near the lead in all four starts."I was very happy with her race at Monmouth," Dutrow said. "She won all the way on the lead in that race, but I'm not sure she needs the lead. She had a pretty easy lead at Saratoga, but it looked like she was folding late."Dutrow realizes Sis City will face a much stiffer test, but the trainer is willing to take a shot."We've got nothing to lose by trying this," Dutrow said. "It's not a tough race and our filly is coming off a big race."Eibar Coa, who rode Sis City at Monmouth, will be aboard Saturday.Comedian, J P Jewel, Reid's Gal, Darn That Girl, and Shebeongstoyou round out the field.Frizette Stakes (gr. I), $500,000, 1 1/16 miles 2-year-olds and up, 120 pounds, Belmont, Saturday, Oct. 9PP -- Horse, Trainer, Jockey
1 -- Balletto, Tom Albertrani, Corey Nakatani
2 -- Sis City, Richard Dutrow Jr., Eibar Coa
3 – Shebelongstoyou, Kelly Breen, Joe Bravo
4 -- J P Jewel, Nick Zito, Javier Castellano
5 -- Play With Fire, Mark Hennig, Pablo Fragoso
6 -- Darn That Girl, Richard Violette Jr., Cornelio Velasquez
7 – Comacina, Patrick Biancone, Tony Farina
8 -- Ready's Gal, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez
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