Frank Fletcher’s undefeated filly Rocket Twentyone, winner of the Sept. 10 Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III), breezed six furlongs over a “muddy” Churchill Downs track Oct. 21 in 1:15.60 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Working on her own under the guidance of regular rider Eddie Razo Jr., who arrived in Louisville the night of Oct. 20 to work the filly Oct. 21, Rocket Twentyone recorded fractions of :13, :25 4/5, :38, :50 3/5, 1:03, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:29 4/5.
“She went really well today,” Razo said in a release. “She was slipping a bit around the turns, but she got it together and when I asked her down the stretch she really turned it up nice.”
Trainer Tom Howard was also pleased with the work over less than optimal conditions.
“We’re happy with how she went today, especially with the (muddy track),” Howard said in a statement. “We also didn’t want to go too fast and make her do more than she had to. She worked beautifully.”
The Arlington-Washington Lassie was contested over the Polytrack at Arlington Park and Rocket Twentyone will return to the dirt in the Juvenile Fillies. The 2-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie broke her maiden in her first and lone start on dirt, winning by 6 ½ lengths at Prairie Meadows.
“She likes the dirt and she moves over it a lot easier than she does the Polytrack,” Howard said.
Added Howard’s wife Kathy: “We pre-enter the 24th and I keep looking at that date to make sure we don’t miss it. This is a big deal for us and we’re very excited.”
Bred in Ontario by Josham Farms Limited and Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds, Rocket Twentyone was a $300,000 purchase at this year's Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s select sale of 2-year-olds in training.