Smok'n Frolic and John Velazquez went to the lead from the starting gate and never looked back to win the $108,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Sunday. The victory pushed Smok'n Frolic, the 4-5 favorite owned by Dogwood Stable, past the $1 million milestone. The $64,800 first-place check increased her career total to $1,015,844. "All you have to do is bring her over and she does the rest," said Seth Benzel, the assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher. "She's got a lot of class. This race was a good example of that."Smok'n Frolic, the high weight at 120 pounds, broke on the lead in the six-horse field of older fillies and mares. She set fractions of :24 1/5 and :47 3/5 and 1:10 4/5 before completing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49. "She broke so good I just put my hands down and let her run," Velazquez said. "She was real comfortable out there. She was the class of the field. She was a little hot in the paddock, but once we got out onto the track she was fine. She's a solid stakes horse." The Next Move victory was reminiscent of Smok'n Frolic's victory in the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle (gr. II) on Nov. 24 at Aqueduct which completed a solid juvenile campaign that included victories in the Tempted (gr. III) and Fashion Stakes. So far during her 4-year-old campaign, Smok'n Frolic is 2-1-0 from three starts with a victory in the Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 25 at Santa Anita. She was second in the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) in her previous start on March 1 at Gulfstream Park. Ellie's Moment could not make up any ground in the stretch and finished second under Shaun Bridgmohan. Pupil and Stewart Elliott were third.
Smok'n Frolic, a 4-year-old gray Florida-bred filly by Smoke Glacken, improved her record to 7-3-0 from 17 starts. She paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Ellie's Moment returned $2.90 and $2.10. Pupil's show price was $2.10.(Chart, Equibase)