Frolic is the word in Sunday's $100,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.
Smok'n Frolic, a gray daughter of Smoke Glacken who will be making her debut for 2002, figures to be the favorite. Second choice in the 1 1/16-mile event looks to be Stormy Frolic, a Summer Squall daughter trained by Milt Wolfson.
A total of nine fillies are expected to start in the 15th running of the Davona Dale.
Dogwood Stable's Smok'n Frolic displayed a lot of talent as a juvenile last year, when she won four of nine starts, including the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) and the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) in New York to finish her campaign. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Smok'n Frolic has been working strongly over the Gulfstream track. Jockey John Velazquez, who rode the filly in her last four starts of 2001, will be aboard in the Davona Dale.
Jerry Bailey will be in the irons on Stormy Frolic, as he was the day she rolled to victory in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder on New Year's Day. In her three career victories, Stormy Frolic has never won by less than six and three-quarter lengths, and all her wins have come at the Davona Dale distance.
Third choice in the field is likely to be Marylou Whitney Stable's Aly Quatorze, who has developed rapidly for trainer Nick Zito at this meeting. The Louis Quatorze filly started the winter a maiden, but has won both her starts here. Jorge Chavez is back aboard.
Elizabeth Valando's Take the Cake and Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Miu Miu both have victories over the Gulfstream strip this meet.
Take the Cake pulled off a surprise party in the Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) here on Jan. 27, beating the heavily favored A New Twist by more than three lengths and paying $46.20. However, that race was at seven furlongs and the daughter of Fly So Free will be asked to go two turns for the first time. Trainer Carl Nafzger has given the call to Rene Douglas again.
Bill Mott trains Miu Miu, who is unbeaten in two starts. The daughter of Kris S. broke her maiden on the grass at Saratoga last August and was not seen under colors again until Jan. 17, when she put on a dramatic stretch run to score by a length on the main track. Pat Day, who rode the versatile filly last out, has the mount again.
Phil Combest's Ms Brookski, a filly by Montbrook, took the Three Ring Stakes at Calder last December for her fourth win of the year. The Reed Combest-trained miss has failed in two tries this year, however, running fourth in the Tropical Park Oaks and then a troubled last in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. III) on the grass Feb. 3. Rosemary Homeister Jr. will be aboard.
The longshots in the field are Sabine Stable's French Satin, Edgar Prado; John Franks' Blissful Kiss, Cornelio Velasquez, and 3rd Turn Stable's Colonial Glitter, Mark Guidry.
Steve Standridge trains French Satin, who will be making her first try at two turns. The French Deputy filly won two sprints at Calder last year, and has a third and a fourth in two tries here this winter. A point in her favor for stretching out is that she has drawn the rail in the Davona Dale.
Blissful Kiss, trained by Bill White, finished far back in the Forward Gal. She won a division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth last year, but was beaten nine lengths by Smok'n Frolic in the Demoiselle.
Colonial Glitter is another who will get her first test around two turns. The Paul McGee-trained daughter of Glitterman rolled to victory in an allowance sprint here Jan. 26, her second career victory.