10/12/2011 12:31PM

Breeders' Cup: My Miss Aurelia looks like Juvenile Fillies favorite

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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.

My Miss Aurelia’s smashing victory in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park on Oct. 8 catapulted the undefeated filly into the favorite’s role for a Breeders’ Cup race that runs true to form – favorites have won the Juvenile Fillies eight of the last nine years.

Steve Asmussen trains My Miss Aurelia, a Smart Strike filly now 3 for 3 after a 5 1/4-length victory in the one-mile Frizette. Her 1:35.22 final time was .33 of a second faster than the colt Union Rags ran a half-hour later in the Grade 1 Champagne. My Miss Aurelia earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure, second-highest this year by a 2-year-old filly.

Yet the Juvenile Fillies is more than a one-horse race. Grace Hall and Weemissfrankie, the preliminary second and third choices, enter with records comparable to My Miss Aurelia. Grace Hall and Weemissfrankie are Grade 1 winners and unbeaten in three starts. They also possess an attribute the favorite lacks – established form around two turns.

Grace Hall won the seven-furlong Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, then stretched out and won a minor stakes Oct. 1 at Delaware at a mile and 70 yards. Weemissfrankie won the seven-furlong Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, followed by the Grade 1 Oak Leaf at Santa Anita at 1 1/16 miles. My Miss Aurelia’s three starts have been around one turn.

Stopshoppingmaria, whose 101 Beyer earned in a Saratoga maiden race is the highest of the year by a 2-year-old filly, stays on the Juvenile Fillies trail, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. Stopshoppingmaria finished second as the even-money favorite in the Frizette.