The Hall-of-Fame trainer had a good Saturday. His favorite horse, FLUTE,
decimated the field in the Alabama Stakes by almost five lengths while leading
at every call. The daughter of Seattle Slew, owned by Juddmonte Farms, broke
like everyone else and before you knew it was on the lead.
Camping out in racing
secretary Mike Lakow’s office, Frankel retreated only to saddle or to get a
drink of water.
you were around her, you’d see that she knows what’s going on. Everybody
thinks I’m nuts but she’s reincarnated,” Frankel said. “When I go to her
she knows exactly who I am. I can stand there and play with her for an hour, as
soon as I go away, she gets depressed. She’s like a little kid when they see
their parents leaving and they don’t want to see them go. From the day I met
her I realized it because I had so much time on my hands at Churchill Downs and
I started hanging around with her. She’s my favorite.”
believe in reincarnation.” Frankel continued. “I don’t know who she was
but she’s been here before. I don’t know who. Could’a been a woman,
could’a been anyone. I don’t know who she was but she was here.”
On Sunday, Frankel won the
Saratoga Breeders’ Cup with APTITUDE. He had his picture taken in the
winner’s circle, shook a few hands and smiled.
He then won the $1 million
Pacific Classic with SKIMMING. He took an elbow in the ribs from Jorge
Chavez’s agent Richard DePass and shook a few more hands. The journalists
right let’s go,” he said, beginning to answer their inquiries, and then it
was back to the couch.
Pletcher sat here and won two. Wayne Lukas got up from here and lost. I’m
3-for-3 sitting right here.” Frankel said.
“I have to get the monkey off my back with the Breeder’s Cup. The
Triple Crown, that doesn’t bother me. I’ve only run two horses, maybe three
in it. That doesn’t bother me. But hey, if I don’t do it, my career has been
Old friends Richard and Tony
Dutrow came into the office. They sat together and
got a shot here. You don’t think I can get lucky enough to win another one do
you?” Frankel asked.
In unison, the room said,
“You can!” Frankel laughed.
About that time, TATES CREEK
and Kent Desormeaux broke from the gate.
“What are you doing
Kent?” Frankel asked as Tates Creek went to the lead.
don’t you let that other filly drop over on you?” Frankel said as they went
into the first turn. “I don’t like the way....”
Then Tates Creek took off on
the lead at the top of the stretch and opened up five. “What a ride!”
Tates Creek hit the wire.
Frankel jumped up and high-fived the room.
What a weekend!
SPA SPY: Las Vegan
David Cassidy, represented by a Highclair Sales agent, paid $117,000 for Hip
351, a colt by End Sweep out of Dress. Cassidy was with wife Sue at the New York
Thoroughbred Breeders reception last week, where New York breds were auctioned
off. Cassidy also said that he is looking for property here in upstate New York
where a ranch can be built ... Trainer Rick Violette was so impressed with FREE
OF LOVE’s 6 furlong workout over the main track on Sunday that he has
committed the horse to this Saturday’s Gr.1 $1 Million Travers Stakes. The son
of Meadow Flight clocked a 1:12.02 and will be ridden by Pat Day replacing
Richard Migliore who has the mount on the Phil Johnson Trained VOLPONI. This
will be Johnson’s first horse in the Travers since Nasty and Bold ran third to
Affirmed and Alydar in 1978. Another Travers probable SCORPION breezed a half in
:48.67 over the Oklahoma training track. If POINT GIVEN comes to the Travers,
Lukas will have to find a rider to replace Gary Stevens.