10/13/2006 11:00PM

Sutra pulls upset in Frizette

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Sutra with Michael Luzzi up wins the Frizette Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Though Sutra had been training over the Polytrack at Keeneland for the last two weeks, her trainer, Michael Stidham, decided to skip last week's Alcibiades at that track and instead pointed her to Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 at Belmont Park.

Stidham's decision looked ingenious after Sutra rallied up the rail under Mike Luzzi to win the Frizette by 1 3/4 lengths over 47-1 longshot Enchanting Star. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Lilly Caron in third.

Awesome Ashley finished fourth and was followed in the order of finish by Dinner Break, 2-1 favorite Allude, True Addiction, Our Fantene, Meadow Breeze, and Ticket to Seattle.

The victory was the second in three starts for Sutra, a daughter of Meadowlake owned by Jack Hodge's Oak Crest Farm. The final time of 1:40.22 equaled the slowest of 36 Frizettes run at one mile, but Sutra likely earned a spot in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

"We wanted to keep her around one turn. That's why we didn't run her in the Alcibiades, and she did everything right," Stidham said.

Under Mike Luzzi, Sutra settled into eighth position, as Lilly Carson and Our Fantene battled through fractions of 22.62 seconds and 45.81. Luzzi guided Sutra to the inside to save some ground and was able to rally between horses to gain contention turning for home.

Lilly Carson put away Our Fantene but yielded grudgingly to Enchanting Star inside the eighth pole. But Enchanting Star could not match strides with Sutra inside the sixteenth pole. Sutra returned $27 to win.

"She broke a little aggressive, and I had to take her back a little," Luzzi said. "Then, the dirt caught her and my instructions were to just leave her alone. Around the turn, I just kept catching all the breaks. It was a decision to go outside or inside turning for home. At Belmont, you don't want to, but I made the decision to stay inside."

Mike Smith, the rider of Enchanting Star, said the inside post forced him to move her earlier than he would have preferred.

"If I could have been on the outside and had a clear trip, I win," Smith said.

Meadow Breeze, who won the Grade 1 Matron in her last start, offered nothing.

"I had no horse after a quarter of a mile," said jockey Kent Desormeaux.