11/09/2008 12:00AM

Amazing keeps nose in front, avoids DQ


MIAMI - Amazing led throughout, then had to sweat out both a photo finish and jockey's objection before being declared the winner of Saturday's $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap, one of the main events on Calder's Florida Million program.

Amazing ($13) set all the pace under jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, then outlasted defending champion Annabill by a nose despite taking an erratic path through the final furlong of the 1 1/16-mile Heubeck. Amazing appeared to force Annabill to alter course briefly in deep stretch. But after several minutes, a claim of foul by Javier Santiago, the rider of Annabill, was disallowed.

California invader Christmas Ship finished third, three lengths behind Annabill. Peach Flambe, the tepid 2-1 favorite, tired to be fourth after chasing the pace for more than six furlongs.

"Naturally, when a race ends up that close you have to be concerned what the stewards will do," said Terry Oliver, who trains the homebred Amazing for Marilyn Fazio Seltzer. "Going into the race I thought we might be the speed and it worked out well."

Bridgmohan, who won two of the eight stakes on the card, said "as far as the foul claim is concerned, my horse came out a bit but I was clear at the time. I had her straightened out."

Juvenile Fillies: Frolic's Dream stays perfect

Frolic's Dream kept her record unblemished after cruising to an easy 1 1/4-length victory over Trippi's Greatstar and four other overmatched rivals in the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies.

The win was the third in as many starts for Frolic's Dream, who is trained by Marty Wolfson for the Dare to Dream Farm.

Frolic's Dream ($3) led throughout under Bridgmohan, who geared down the winner after opening up a long lead near midstretch. Trippi's Greatstar rallied from last to easily be second best, finishing 4 1/2 lengths in front of Tiger's Song.

Frolic's Dream owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure of any 2-year-old filly in the country, a 106, for her lopsided win in the Cassidy Stakes here three weeks ago.

"Was that easy enough?," Wolfson said after the race. "I knew she'd be in front today. She's just naturally fast but relaxes so well. I was never worried about the distance and I thought the rider really just sat on her from the quarter pole home."

Frolic's Dream covered seven furlongs in 1:24.95, her final time just .05 of a second slower than the 2-year-old colt Salo Jak ran the same distance winning the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile earlier on the card.

Juvenile: Salo Jak goes last to first

Salo Jak rallied from last under jockey Javier Santiago to defeat the 8-5 favorite Three Part Harmony by 1 1/4 lengths in the Jack Price. Bidham finished two lengths farther back in third.

Salo Jak ($12.20) gave trainer Gilberto Zerpa his most important victory since coming to this country from Venezuela nine months ago.

Salo Jak, a 2-year-old son of Graeme Hall, rallied three wide on the turn, then angled to the rail while full of run in early stretch before wearing down the tiring leaders near the end.

"He came with the same rush through the stretch that he did in his last race," said Zerpa through an interpreter. "When he changed leads he just took off."

Three Part Harmony, who pressed the pace outside Midwest invader Big Push from the outset, gained a slim advantage inside the eighth pole but could not last.

Plesa saddles two stakes winners

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sent out a pair of winners on the Florida Million undercard, Yesbyjimminy in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap and Exe in the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Yesbyjimminy ($5.20), ridden by Paco Lopez, registered his fifth straight victory in the six-furlong Jack Dudley, rallying from just off the pace to outlast the fast closing Hypocrite by three-quarters of a length. How's Your Halo was another head farther back in third. New York invader Like Now finished eighth and last after pressing the early pace.

"We freshened him up after his last race and pointed for this one," said Plesa, referring to Yesbyjimminy's victory in an overnight stakes on Sept. 2. "There was a solid pace to run at and Paco rode a great race."

Exe ($12.20) outgamed his uncoupled stablemate Ameribelle by a half-length to give Plesa a one-two finish in the John Franks. Cumana rallied to be third.

"It's kind of bittersweet to run one-two because as a trainer you don't know who to root for," said Plesa, who is part owner and breeder of Ameribelle along with his wife, Laurie. "They both ran great."

Juvenile Turf: Tamborim by a neck

Kentucky invader Tamborim ($4.80), ridden by Edgar Prado for trainer Bill Mott, rallied to a neck decision over the late-striding Adari to win the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes. This Ones for Phil finished a tiring third.