Sent off as the 3-2 favorite in the six-horse field, Dare To Dream Stable’s homebred Frolic’s Dream took command easily in the far turn and ran on to an easy victory in the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30.
Gemswick Park jumped out to the early lead, getting the first quarter in :22.86 before being overtaken by Frolic’s Dream under regular jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan. The 3-year-old daughter of Smoke Glackentrained by Marty Wolfson set fractions of :45.84 and 1:10.84 as she widened her lead to five lengths in the stretch before eventually winning by 2½ lengths over Richard Rowan’s 14-1 Renda. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:24.15.
With the victory, Frolic’s Dream avenged the lone defeat of her career when third, beaten a head for it all, in Gemswick Park’s victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at six furlongs Jan. 4.
Bred in Florida by Robert A. Murphy and Dr. Sandy L. Price-Murphy, the roan/gray filly has won four of five starts and earned $260,934. She paid $5.00, $3.20, and $2.20 in her victory. Renda paid $8.80 and $3.80, with Dr. Zic third at $3.20.
“There was nothing difficult about the ride,” Bridgmohan said. “We broke really well. I knew she was going to be in there the whole time, and when I asked her to give me a little more, she responded. Once we hit the quarter pole I felt pretty good she was going to pull through. This is the nicest filly I’ve ever ridden in my life, and Mr. (Marty) Wolfson just does a great job with her. You have to give him a lot of credit. Unfortunately we hit the gate last time and couldn’t make up enough ground, and we still almost took it.”
“The race set up the way I hoped,” Wolfson said. “She was able to sit outside off the rail behind the leader (Gemswick Park). She got all that speed, but had learned to relax even on the lead. She ran today pretty much like she did when she won the seven-eighths race at Calder (Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies). She probably should be undefeated. If she draws an outside post rather than inside (like) in her last race (Old Hat Stakes), she probably wins it. I think seven-eighths is her game and her limit might be a one-turn mile. We’ll see.”