10/19/2012 3:18PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Frizette runner-up My Happy Face won't run

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Tom Keyser
My Happy Face, who finished second in the Frizette, will skip the Breeders' Cup and run in the Tempted at Aqueduct on Nov. 4

My Happy Face, a stubborn second to Dreaming of Julia in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park on Oct. 6, will not run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, owner Michael Dubb confirmed Friday.

Instead, My Happy Face will make her next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.

Dubb said immediately after the Frizette that he would most likely skip the Breeders’ Cup because he felt the race was too hard on his filly. But since the race, trainer Rudy Rodriguez said My Happy Face was doing well and he was urging Dubb to change his mind.

“Rudy wants to go, I’m overruling my trainer and staying home, I feel it’s in the best interest of the horse,” Dubb said. “I don’t think it’s in her best interest to put her on a plane and ship her to California and run in a race like that.”

Dubb said the fact that 2-year-olds will not be permitted to race on Lasix in this year’s Breeders’ Cup “was a consideration, but didn’t factor into my final decision.”

Dubb, a New York-based owner, expressed frustration that the Breeders’ Cup is being held at Santa Anita for the third time in five years – it will also be held at Santa Anita in 2013 – and that the event has not been held at Belmont since 2005.

“It does bother me that the Breeders’ Cup hasn’t been in New York since ’05,” said Dubb, who was named to the recently announced New York Racing Association Reorganization Board. “I don’t think it’s giving people on the East Coast a level playing field. I’m a New York guy, I want to support New York racing.”

Dubb is part-owner of Grace Hall, the 3-year-old filly who will run in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.

“Grace Hall is a seasoned 3-year-old who has shipped around and won at three or four different tracks,” Dubb said. “She has the possibility to be 3-year-old filly champion if she wins that race and that is hard to ignore.”

jay kele More than 1 year ago
jaykay@bowcock see what she is made of ??? Last was first beyond 5 1\2 and barely beat at just third start. Dubb putting the welfare of his horse first. as far as cherry picking; pick this!!
Laramie Bowcock More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure! lol. I haven't kept up with this horse too rigorously.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Bravo. Mr. Dubb.
Laramie Bowcock More than 1 year ago
A grade 1 runner up (by a tiny bit) will be in a grade 3 race instead of the breeder's cup? She would have hit the board and we would see what she is made of in appropriate company. A grade 3 race seems like cherry picking...correct me if I am wrong.
ron More than 1 year ago
good luck thinking postive
Ian Salon More than 1 year ago
Its a one horse race if Mandella puts his horse in this race. These are some slow fillies in here. If you read this Mr. Mandella run Beholder in the juvenile fillies.
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Word is Beholder will run in the Juv Sprint and be probable fav
Terry Culver More than 1 year ago
Why not just keep the Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs every year? Huge crowds there the last few years. Louisville is centrally located, neither the east coast or west coast owners/trainers would have much to complain about when it came to distance traveled. Just makes sense to make Churchill the permanent home of the Breeder's Cup.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
It's sort of like the Super Bowl - everyone wants an equal opportunity.
hlnkid More than 1 year ago
I really like this filly and can't say that I'm unhappy about this decision. This will offer her every opportunity to improve at 3.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Nice to see a man do so right by his nice horse.