09/24/2011 1:22PM

Santa Anita: Weemissfrankie has key workout


The unbeaten Weemissfrankie is ready for her start in the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita next weekend after her final workout over the track on Saturday, trainer Peter Eurton said.

Weemissfrankie worked five furlongs in 1:00 under exercise rider and former jockey Paul Toscano, the filly’s second workout since a convincing win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs on Sept. 3.

Sunday’s Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes is run over 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-old fillies, and is the leading California prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. Weemissfrankie has won both of her starts, with each coming on Del Mar’s Polytrack synthetic surface during the summer, including a maiden race on July 20.

Eurton said the filly has made a successful transition to training on Santa Anita’s dirt track in recent weeks. The Juvenile Fillies will be run over dirt, a surface over which Weemissfrankie has yet to race.

“I feel comfortable because my rider is comfortable with her,” Eurton said on Saturday, referring to Toscano. “He loves the way she gets over the dirt. I feel she’ll handle the distance and the surface if she’s the way she is today.”
Eurton said that Weemissfrankie actually worked 5 1/2 furlongs on Saturday. He timed the final three furlongs in “34 and change.”

Weemissfrankie was scheduled to work on Sunday, but Eurton moved the exercise forward a day after watching her jog two miles on Friday. “She looked so great,” he said. “If she was going to work too fast, I had eight days to recover from it.”

Weemissfrankie will be favored in the Oak Leaf Stakes, which will include two fillies trained by Bob Baffert – Candrea and Dreamcaster. Candrea won the Phil Shepherd Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 16. Dreamcaster was seventh in the Del Mar Debutante, and has worked well at Santa Anita in recent weeks.

“I think she’ll be a really good filly,” Baffert said on Friday.