Smok'n Frolic Rollicking Demoiselle Winner

Dogwood Stable's Smok'n Frolic romped to a front-running 4 1/2-length win in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. Under John Velazquez, Smok'n Frolic completed the 1 1/8-mile test for 2-year-old fillies in 1:50.57, nearly a full second faster than her male counterparts completed the 1 1/8-mile Remsen one race later.

Smok'n Frolic led all the way while tracked by Saintly Action, but kicked clear of her pressing rival on the second turn. She opened up a six-length lead in the stretch only to see the winning margin trimmed by the fast-closing pair of Lady Shari and Proxy Statement, who battled to the wire for second.

"That was real easy today," said Velazquez. "The plan was to get out there and just have her settle. The fractions were well within her. She's really come a long way in a short time. The only other time we tried two turns, she ran her race before we were in the gate. She knocked a pony sideways and wouldn't relax. She's really professional now."

Lady Shari earned place honors by a neck over Proxy Statement, with Blissful Kiss fourth. Saintly Action, Water Rights, and Hangingbyamoment completed the order of finish.

By champion sprinter Smoke Glacken and out of the Green Dancer mare Cherokyfrolicflash, Smok'n Frolic has now won at a distance a full furlong longer than her sire, whose longest win came in the one-mile Southwest Stakes (gr. III). In her most recent start prior to the Demoiselle.Smok'n Frolic won the one-mile Tempted Stakes (gr. III) after failing to hit the board in the 1 1/16-mile Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II). The Todd Pletcher-trained filly also won the five-furlong Fashion Stakes in June. She earned $120,000 for Saturday's win, her fourth in nine starts. Cherokee Farms bred her in Florida.

"I always had a feeling she would stretch out, even though most people saw Smoke Glacken and thought she would just be a sprinter," said Pletcher. "She has always shown a great stride and an efficient way of moving. She started off in April, and she's run consistently. She has remained healthy. We'll probably take her down to Florida with the idea of freshening her up and the Kentucky Oaks would be the obvious major goal. Maybe we would use the Bonnie Miss (at Gulfstream) as a prep."

Sent off as the favorite, Smok'n Frolic returned $5.30, $3.30, and $2.50. Lady Shari paid $5.80 and $3.20 and completed the $36 exacta. Proxy Statement paid $2.60 to show. (Chart, Equibase)