Updated on 09/15/2011 2:10PM

Flute in right spot in Beldame


ELMONT, N.Y. - At Thursday's post position draw breakfast for Saturday's stakes-studded card at Belmont Park, trainer Bobby Frankel said many of his stakes winners this year have been in the "right place at the right time."

It looks like the timing and the place are right for the Frankel-trained Flute to win her third Grade 1 in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame, her final race before the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, which will be run three weeks later at the same track and distance.

Flute, who easily won the Alabama in her last start on Aug. 18, will be favored over an accomplished field of seven other fillies and mares in the

1 1/8-mile Beldame, a weight-for-age race. Flute and Exogenous, the only

3-year-olds in the field, carry 120 pounds, receiving three pounds from their elders.

Flute leads her division and can stake claim to being the best female in the country on the dirt with a win in the Beldame.

Frankel believes the older filly and mare division is weak this year. "I'm not fearing anybody," he said of the Beldame.

"This is a special filly and she never has let me down," said Frankel, who thinks Flute may be his best chance to win his first Breeders' Cup race. "I think this race will put her really good for the Distaff."

Jerry Bailey rides Flute, who drew post 4.

This season, 6-year-old Beautiful Pleasure, the 1999 Beldame winner, hasn't shown the brilliance she displayed at age 4 and 5. Her second-place finish in the Personal Ensign, however, is viewed positively by her connections.

Beautiful Pleasure blew the lead when she went extremely wide at the quarter pole in the Personal Ensign. Under Jorge Chavez, Beautiful Pleasure regained her focus and chased after the winner, Pompeii, and was beaten only 1 1/4 lengths.

"It was a winning effort with some glitches," said Donna Ward, who gallops Beautiful Pleasure for her husband, trainer John Ward. "After [Chavez] stopped hitting her and began riding her, she tuned into the race and went back after that filly."

Beautiful Pleasure, with Chavez up, will set the pace from the rail.

Exogenous is coming off an easy score in the Gazelle with blinkers on. Serra Lake, the Go for Wand winner, needs a hot pace. Spain, last year's Distaff winner, has lost her last four starts. Grade 1 winner Critical Eye prefers Belmont to Saratoga, where she ran poorly in two races this year.

Graded stakes winners Irving's Baby and Pentatonic complete the field.



Purse $750,000, 1 1/8 miles, Grade 1


1Beautiful PleasureJ. Chavez1233-1

2Irving's BabyG. Stevens12310-1

3SpainV. Espinoza1238-1

4FluteJ. Bailey1207-5

5ExogenousJ. Castellano1206-1

6Critical EyeM. Luzzi12312-1

7Serra LakeE. Prado1238-1

8PentatonicJ. Velazquez12310-1

Odds by Mike Watchmaker

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