10/08/2011 5:38PM

Belmont Park: My Miss Aurelia pulls away in dominant Frizette Stakes win

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Tom Keyser
My Miss Aurelia pulls away from Stopshoppingmaria on her way to a 5 1/2-length win in the Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – The match race turned into a mismatch.

My Miss Aurelia won the pace battle with Spare Change and then easily kicked away from even-money favorite Stopshoppingmaria to win Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Belmont Park. Stopshoppingmaria finished second by 3 1/2 lengths over Miss Netta, who was followed in the order of finish by Holiday Soiree, Spare Change, and Harbor Mist.

The win was the third in as many starts for My Miss Aurelia and earned her an entry-fees paid berth to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

It also was the sixth win on the card from as many mounts for jockey Corey Nakatani, tying a New York Racing Association record. His bid for a seventh win fell short when Rubber Duck finished third after getting checked at the start of the 10th race.

The win was the fourth in as many starters for trainer Steve Asmussen on Saturday’s card.

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My Miss Aurelia won her first two starts at Saratoga, including the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes on Aug. 14 by a hard-fought neck over Millionreasonswhy. Two races earlier on that card, Stopshoppingmaria won a maiden race by 9 3/4 lengths and earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure, which may explain why she went off the favorite in the Frizette.

Breaking from the rail Saturday, My Miss Aurelia dueled inside of Spare Change through an opening quarter of 22.64 seconds. The lead was a length after a half-mile in 46.02, while Stopshoppingmaria, under John Velazquez, was in third, 2 1/2 lengths back.

My Miss Aurelia kept on widening her advantage through six furlongs in 1:10.38, and she covered the mile in 1:35.22, which was .33 of a second faster than Union Rags won the Champagne for 2-year-old colts one race later.

“I thought her Adirondack was a very gutty race, if you were soft or you had a blink in you, I think it would have shown up that day,” Asmussen said.  “She’s a special filly.”

Though My Miss Aurelia is by Smart Strike, the bottom side of her pedigree brought into question whether she would be successful stretching out. She certainly laid that to rest in the Frizette.

“I thought she was set up for it, I think she did well today,” Asmsusen said. “Will she win two turns? We’ve got another question. I like how she’s doing, think she’s got a ton of talent and very proud of her being a Grade 1 winner.”

My Miss Aurelia is a homebred of Stonestreet Stable and George Bolton. She is named after Bolton’s mother.

Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Stopshoppingmaria, felt his filly might have been compromised by what he perceived to be a track that favored inside speed.

“All three dirt races have been won by the inside speed,” he said. “I thought she ran really well, considering she got bothered by the start, took some dirt, and was a little green when she first did that. We’re pleased with the effort.”

Pletcher said Stopshoppingmaria will most likely be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.