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Sweet Reason tops Frizette field
Fortunately catching a wet track on the two times she ran during an unusually dry Saratoga meet, Sweet Reason came from 18 lengths down to break her maiden by 6 1/4 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs on August 9. Next out, in the seven-furlong Spinaway on September 1, Sweet Reason laid closer to the pace, rallied very wide on the turn, and drew off to a 5 3/4-length decision.
"She's training really well. She has been training over a fast track," trainer Leah Gyarmati said. "Obviously, you don't know what she'll do in the afternoon. I hope she does the same. I feel really good about it."
The Frizette is part of the "Prep Season" portion of the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first four finishers.
Back to oppose the likely favorite is Stopchargingmaria, a debut winner on July 19 for Pletcher over a fast track and a clear second in her Spinaway follow-up.
"We felt like there was a lot of speed in the Spinaway, so we opted to let her settle," Pletcher said. "If we need her to be on the lead, she's that type."
Most of the other Frizette candidates -- Tea Time, Artemis Agrotera, Recepta, and Divided Attention -- are exiting maiden victories. Ria Antonia invades from Canada, where she beat males to win her maiden in July and finished fourth when facing the boys again in the $125,000 Swynford at Woodbine.