09/27/2013 4:21PM

Belmont Park notes: Recepta has final Frizette breeze

Barbara D. Livingston
Recepta is headed to the Grade 1 Frizette next Saturday off this impressive maiden victory at Saratoga.

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Recepta, a 4 1/2-length debut winner at Saratoga on Sept. 1, worked five furlongs in 1:01.27 on Friday morning over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette next Saturday at Belmont.

Under jockey Junior Alvarado, Recepta went off her first quarter in 25.63 seconds and got her final quarter in 24.06. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.93 and seven furlongs in 1:30.29.

“The main thing is we just wanted her to relax early in the breeze,” trainer Jimmy Toner said. “She’ll be stretching out, so we don’t want her too keen. Junior really liked the way she breezed, and so did I. We’re good to go. She’s doing well, training good.”

Also pointing to the Frizette, which is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, are Artemis Agrotera, Divided Attention, Ria Antonia, Sweet Reason, and Who’s In Town.

Dancing House to Miss Grillo

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was considering running Dancing House in the Frizette, but after she breezed a sharp half-mile on the turf Friday in Saratoga, he decided to point her to the Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes here Oct. 6.

According to McLaughlin, Dancing House worked four furlongs in 47.20 seconds over the turf course at Saratoga. Dancing House is by Tapit out of the Grade 1-winning turf mare Tout Charmant.

Dancing House won her debut on dirt at Saratoga before running third in the Grade 1 Spinaway in the Saratoga slop Sept. 1.

“We wanted to see how she’d go on the turf, and she loved the turf,” McLaughlin said.

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McLaughlin noted that Divide Attention, a maiden winner going a mile at Belmont on Sept. 12, worked four furlongs in 48.60 over the synthetic surface in preparation for the Frizette.

Team Valor buys Delaware maiden winner

Mexikoma, a 14 3/4-length maiden winner at Delaware Park on Sept. 12, has been purchased privately by Team Valor Stables and turned over to trainer Rick Mettee.

Mexikoma, a son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, had been owned and trained by Michael Dilger.

Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, said his first inclination is to run Mexikoma in the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua at Aqueduct on Nov. 3, though he left the door open slightly for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2.

Irwin said he bought Mexikoma as a prospect for next year’s Kentucky Derby and said it is the first American-based 2-year-old prospect he has bought in four years.

“He went his last quarter in 24 and 1 going two turns; you don’t see that very often,” Irwin said. “He came from off the pace, too. We are pointing to the Nashua, but keeping an eye on the Breeders’ Cup.”

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