10/06/2010 6:33PM

Frizette will tell Pletcher a lot


The Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette at Belmont Park on Saturday is a key Breeders' Cup prep for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher said he intends to run four of his horses in the Frizette, a Win and You're In race for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. R Heat Lightning, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, and Valiant Passion, who was third in the race, are on deck for the Frizette, while Maple Forest, the runner-up in the Sorority at Monmouth Park, and Tap for Luck, who won her maiden with a Beyer Figure of 90, are also a go for Saturday.

"I would say our Breeders' Cup plans won't be determined until after that," said Pletcher.
The Frizette, a one-turn mile, has appeal for its gradual distance progression, as none of Pletcher's entrants have made a start beyond seven furlongs. The race is also on dirt, as is this year's Juvenile Fillies.

R Heat Lightning is the most advanced of Pletcher's starters, for her last-to-first win in the Spinaway at seven furlongs Sept. 5. She drew off by four lengths, one start after finishing second in the $94,000 Colleen at Monmouth on Aug. 7.

"She seems to be an improving filly," said Pletcher, who won the 2005 Frizette with Spinaway winner Adieu.

Tap for Luck enters the Frizette off a clear maiden win at Saratoga on Aug. 20.
"She's only had the one start and she broke her maiden impressively at five-eighths," Pletcher said. "It's a big jump from five-eighths to a mile, but being a daughter of Tapit I hope she'll handle the stretchout. She has a good, efficient way of going, and she finishes strongly in her works."

Devil May Care won last year's Frizette for Pletcher off a debut win at Saratoga.

* Summer Laugh, the Blue Hen winner last weekend at Delaware, is being pointed for the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct on Nov. 6, said Pletcher.

* Friday's Alcibiades at Keeneland is also a Win and You're In race for the Juvenile Fillies.