Cup Spotlight- Frank’s Rockette

UPDATE: Disregard this entire post because she isn’t running in the Breeders’ Cup, according to an article in Daily Racing Form on Thursday.

Frank’s Rockette has been favored in all four career starts. Yet she has lost all three since her dominating maiden victory in the debut. So you may call her a money burner. But a review of the replays for all four races shows she is one you don’t want to dismiss in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Trust me when I say there is a lot of talent in this daughter of Into Mischief.

Let me start with the conclusion- I think she’s a two-turn horse. And the Breeders’ Cup will be her first start around two turns. I base my opinion on my impression of how she has handled her three stakes tries, all of which were around one turn. Go watch the replays for yourself.

In the Adirondack, the door was slammed closed on her inside the final quarter mile. And rather than pack it in and quit like most horses would have done, this 2yo filly re-opened the door for herself by forcing her way through the traffic jam and running on to the wire. Go watch the head-on replay. You’ll see what I mean. She ran a winning race in defeat.

In her subsequent two starts, both of which were Grade 1s, she again ran like a horse that wants more distance. I’ll say it again- I don’t think sprinting is her game. And considering how well she ran in those defeats, it’s likely the best is yet to come for Frank’s Rockette as she stretches out.

Note that Johnny V rode both this one and Bast in their last starts. So we may see Mott go back to Julien for the BC.

She is a serious threat in the Juvenile Fillies. I highly recommend watching the pan and head-on replays of all four starts. My guess is that you’ll come to the same conclusion as me.

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