Nickname Crushes Frizette Stakes Foes
The Grade 1 Frizette Stakes was practically over at the top of the stretch as Nickname took over and won by 3 1/2 lengths.
She’s All Ready was off a step slow, but rushed up to the lead with Nickname in second and Width in third. Where’s The D was fourth, Nemoralia was fifth, Desert Tune was sixth, and Anna Rae was last in seventh by 5 1/2 lengths.
She’s All Ready continued to set fractions of 22.78 for the opening quarter, 46.10 for the opening half mile, and 1:10.90 for the opening six furlongs. Nickname was more than content to run in second on the outside of Width while Nemoralia and Desert Tune moved closer to fourth and fifth, respectively. Where’s The D was back in sixth and Anna Rae continued to trail in seventh.
On the far turn, Nickname ranged up on the outside of She’s All Ready and went by her in the stretch with no other horse being a serious threat. She won by 3 1/2 lengths over Nemoralia, who could not quite match the winner’s strides. In third was She’s All Ready after setting the pace and Width was well beaten in fourth.
The remaining order of finish was Desert Tune in fifth, Anna Rae in sixth, and Where’s The D, who was done on the turn. The entire chart can be found here via Equibase.
For the victory, Nickname earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard. Nemoralia earned 4 points, She’s All Ready earned 2 points, and Width earned one point.
Nickname is by Scat Daddy out of the Borrego filly Nina Fever. She ran the one mile in 1:37.76 over a sealed sloppy track. She paid $12.80 to win, $5.70 to place, and $3.90 to show. She was ridden by Javier Castellano and is trained by Steve Asmussen.
The next race on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks is the Mazarine Stakes from Woodbine on Sunday, October 4.