Rolly Polly Goes to Dirt in La Brea Stakes

Trainer Bobby Frankel has 35 graded stakes to his credit in 2001 (48 stakes wins in all, and one more shot at a grade I win when he sends out Rolly Polly in Saturday's La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

The La Brea will represent Rolly Polly's second North American start, and her first on dirt, following a productive six-race European campaign as a juvenile and a pair of races as a 3-year-old. Rolly Polly began her career with four straight wins, including two group wins as a 2-year-old in Italy and France.

In her North American debut for Frankel, Rolly Polly won the Safely Kept Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Hollywood Park Nov. 24.

Probable for Saturday's La Brea Stakes are: Above Perfection (David Flores); Affluent (Eddie Delahoussaye); Cindy's Hero (Garrett Gomez); Freefourracing (Gary Stevens); Graceful Cat (Laffit Pincay Jr.); Mon Ange (Chris McCarron); Love At Noon (Corey Nakatani); Rolly Polly (Kent Desormeaux); and Azeri (Mike Smith).