10/06/2011 1:39PM

Belmont: Stopshoppingmaria takes another crack at My Miss Aurelia in Frizette

Barbara D. Livingston
My Miss Aurelia, winner of the Adirondack at Saratoga, could face a stiff challenge from Stopshoppingmaria in Saturday's Frizette.

ELMONT, N.Y. – My Miss Aurelia won the Grade 2 Adirondack on Aug. 14 at Saratoga, but she might have only been the second-best 2-year-old filly to race on that day’s card.

Two races earlier, Stopshoppingmaria galloped to a 9 3/4-length maiden win, running six furlongs in 1:09.87, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

Saturday, My Miss Aurelia and Stopshoppingmaria square off in the Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. The winner earns an automatic berth – including all entry-fees paid plus a $10,000 travel stipend – into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

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My Miss Aurelia and Stopshoppingmaria met opening day at Saratoga. My Miss Aurelia won the race by one length over Delightful Magic, while Stopshoppingmaria finished third, beaten three lengths. However, Stopshoppingmaria stumbled badly breaking from the rail, and wound up chasing the top two around the track. In her second start, she broke cleanly from the rail and recorded the front-running victory.

“I thought she ran courageously first time out considering she stumbled and got stuck behind horses,’’ trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She showed gameness and came back and was very impressive I thought.’’

Pletcher doesn’t feel stretching out from six furlongs to a mile will be a difficult task for Stopshoppingmaria, a daughter of More Than Ready owned by Mike Repole who named the horse for his wife.

“She’s always finished her works really well and galloped out strongly,’’ Pletcher said.

Stopshoppingmaria breaks from post 3 under John Velazquez.

After winning her debut by one length, My Miss Aurelia came back win the Adirondack by a neck over Millionreasonswhy, who had won the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont in the summer.

“I’m much happier that she had to run hard and win then if she had to run hard and get beat,’’ said Steve Asmussen, who trains My Miss Aurelia for Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton. “She showed a toughness or a grit to her in the way she won her last race, but here we go again we got to do it over again.’’

My Miss Aurelia is a daughter of Smart Strike out of a mare, My Miss Storm Cat, who was better sprinting. Saturday may provide some insight on how far My Miss Aurelia wants to run.

“I think the filly is a tremendous talent, I think it’s the next question to ask her,’’ Asmussen said. “It’s a very good field of fast fillies in the race.’’

Miss Netta, a daughter of Street Sense, won her debut at Saratoga by 2 3/4 lengths for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. While impressed with his filly, McLaughlin acknowledges it would be a tall order to beat the top two in the race.

“She’s a nice filly, we’ll see how we stack up,’’ McLaughlin said. “It’s a Grade 1, if we happen to be third we’ll feel like it’s a success.’’

Spare Change, a daughter of Bernardini, won her maiden by eight lengths in her second start for trainer Shug McGaughey, who has won this race five previous times.

Holiday Soiree and Harbor Mist both come into the Frizette off back-to-back victories.



My Miss Aurelia 
ML: 7-5
C. Nakatani 
120 Lbs
S. Asmussen


Miss Netta 
ML: 8-1
R. Maragh 
120 Lbs
K. McLaughlin


ML: 6-5
J. Velazquez 
120 Lbs
T. Pletcher


Holiday Soiree 
ML: 12-1
E. Prado 
120 Lbs
J. Terranova, II


Spare Change 
ML: 10-1
J. Castellano 
120 Lbs
C. McGaughey III


Harbor Mist 
ML: 12-1
R. Curatolo 
120 Lbs
P. Serpe