02/19/2006 12:00AM

Frisco Star captures Novato Overnight Stakes


ALBANY, Calif. - Frisco Star ($3.80) made it 3-for-3 in his career, capturing the $42,550 Novato Overnight Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday.

Although he broke from the rail, Frisco Star was quickly able to get over in the two path between pacesetting Barber and Midwesterner. He pulled within a head of Barber at the quarter pole, and the two dueled for another eighth of a mile as Midwesterner dropped back in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

Frisco Star opened up in the final 16th of a mile, defeating the game Barber by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:08.66, nearly two seconds faster than the next best six-furlong time of 1:10.58 by Met At Dinner earlier in the day.

"We had a lot more horse than the other day," winning trainer Greg Gilchrist said. Frisco Star beat Barber by a head on Jan. 26.

"You know, of course, they would send Barber. Midwesterner didn't get over, and Russell (Baze, his jockey) was able to get out. At that point, the race was ours."

Frisco Star earned $22,450 to increase his career earnings to $54,725. Gilchrist said he would nominate the colt to the March 11 California Derby but said the colt was unlikely to run in the race.