With Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet winding down, local racing fans will see fewer Bobby Frankel trainees compete in a New York stakes race. But before Frankel's horses head west, three will compete in Monday's $100,000 Pebbles Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/8 mile on a special Columbus Day card at Belmont Park.The list of entrants for the Pebbles is deep, in some part due to the uncertainty of the turf course condition. Steady rain fell began falling Belmont on Thursday night, continued on Friday and into Saturday's card, where the Lawrence Realization was taken off the turf.
Flaxman Holdings' Glia is perhaps the most intriguing part of the Frankel trio. The 3-year-old filly will be making her first start outside of Europe and her first start for Frankel. She was defeated by four lengths in fifth by Turtle Bow in the Group II Prix d'Astarte at Deauville Aug. 4. Turtle Bow was beaten just a neck by Kazzia when she shipped from Europe to run in the Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. I).
"She came to me right after she ran," said Frankel, who is confident in Glia if the race has to be run on the main track. "She's by A.P. Indy and they seem to like a wet track."
Pertuisane, who Frankel owns, was also beaten four lengths by Turtle Bow earlier in the year. She has already started once in America, running a troubled third in the Garden City Breeders' Cup (gr. I).
Into the stretch of the Garden City, Pertuisane was blocked in behind leaders and did not get a clear path until it was too late. When the running was done, only two lengths separated her from victorious Wonder Again.
"I don't know if she would have won," Frankel said. "Sometimes, you get out too early and hang. Maybe she would have been second. She should be able to handle soft turf fine."
Edmund Gann's Nunatall sat a perfect three-wide stalking trip in the Garden City, but weakened to fourth, only one-half length behind her stablemate.
"Maybe those horses were too good for her," Frankel said. "She's trained really good on dirt."
One of the sleepers in the Pebbles could be Roy Lerman's Supposedly. She was beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Wonder Again in a July 24 Saratoga allowance. Since then, the Polish Numbers filly has won two in a row, including a restricted stakes at Laurel and a second-level Belmont allowance.
Supposedly, whose dam Allegedly is a half-sister to two-time Arc de Triomphe winner Alleged, has seemingly run best at distances farther than 1 1/8 mile, but soft turf might help her.
"She is on a good roll," said Lerman, who also trains the filly. "She has more tactical speed than the average horse going a mile and a quarter, but I think she can lay close to a reasonable pace at a mile and an eighth. With yielding or soft turf, the pace should be slow enough."
Supposedly's turf form was spotty early in the year, but Lerman has noticed a change over the last few months.
"She went from a nervous filly to as quiet a filly as you could find," Lerman said. "Blinkers have helped her."
$100,000 Pebbles (gr. III), 1 1/8 mile scheduled for turf, 3-year-old fillies
PP HORSE, JOCKEY, WGT.
1 With Patience, Aaron Gryder, 115
2 Delta Princess, Jerry Bailey, 114
3 Infinite Spirit, Mike Luzzi, 115
4 Nunatall, Jorge Chavez, 116
5 Pertuisane, Shaun Bridgmohan, 116
6 Supposedly, Javier Castellano, 114
7 Katzen, Oliver Castillo, 116
8 Nonsuch Bay, Chris DeCarlo, 114
9 Madeira Mist, Jose Santos, 113
10 She's Vested, Richard Migliore, 114
11 Mariensky, Edgar Prado, 116
12 Glia, Jerry Bailey, 116
Main Track Only
13 Bronze Autumn, No rider, 121
14 Undercover, Mario Pino, 119
15 Majestic Girl, Julio Pezua, 115
16 Aztec Pearl, No rider, 113