12/23/2014 12:53PM

Three Hearts aims to beat familiar foes again in Frankel Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Three Hearts, under Joe Talamo, wins the Grade 3 Red Carpet by a half-length Nov. 22 at 29-1.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The Red Carpet Handicap last month at Del Mar was such a good race that they’re running it again Saturday at Santa Anita, with six horses from that race, including the top five finishers, meeting in the Grade 3, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes for older female grass runners.

Three Hearts scored a 29-1 upset in the Red Carpet – formerly known as the Beverly Hills when it was run at Hollywood Park – but even though half of this 12-horse field is the same, there are numerous factors that could produce a different outcome.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 2 Three Hearts. Trainer Neil Drysdale is 71-15-9-7 with a $3.30 ROI over the past five years in turf routes with last-out winners. – Mike Hogan Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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The first is the distance, with the runners from the Red Carpet shortening from that race’s 1 3/8 miles to the 1 1/8 miles of the Frankel, dropping a quarter-mile and one turn. There were several horses who had compromised trips in the Red Carpet, most notably Lady Pimpernel. And in the case of Three Hearts, she loses jockey Joe Talamo, who decamped to the rapidly improving Blingismything. Tyler Baze takes over on Three Hearts.


Three Hearts was making her first start in California, and her first for trainer Neil Drysdale, in the Red Carpet.

“She’s done very well since that race,” Drysdale said recently at Santa Anita. “I’m worried that the distance might be a little short for her, but she’s improving.”

Drysdale also sends out Aguafria, who drew the outside post and is up in class but had traffic trouble in her last start that might have cost her the win.

The Frankel is the eighth race on a nine-race card.


Three Hearts (Last 3 Beyers: 90-81-83)

◗ Her last race produced the best Beyer Speed Figure of her career, but it came at a distance that may ultimately prove to be her optimum.

◗ In the Red Carpet, Three Hearts benefited by being close to a moderate pace, and she avoided the trouble that plagued several of her rivals.

Lady Pimpernel (Last Beyer: 89)

◗ She was an unfortunate loser in the Red Carpet, in which she finished third after encountering traffic trouble at key points in the race.

◗ The Red Carpet was her first start in this country, and she was quite anxious in the paddock before the race. It would be wise to see how she acts in the paddock this time.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 3 Lady Pimpernel. Trainer Carla Gaines is 22-5-4-4 with a $2.04 ROI over the past two years in turf routes with horses making their second start following a layoff. – Mike Hogan Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Scooter Bird (Last 3 Beyers: 89-86-86)

◗ As with Lady Pimpernel, she did not have the cleanest trip in the Red Carpet, finishing fourth after starting from the far outside in the 11-horse field.

◗ As with Three Hearts, she might prefer longer distances. Though she has won going 1 1/8 miles, she relishes even more distance.

“She’s doing good. She’s been improving all year long,” trainer John Sadler said.

Blingismything (Last 3 Beyers: 87-83-79)

◗ She is 2 for 2 since returning from a layoff of 15 months. This is her stakes debut.

Rusty Slipper (Last 3 Beyers: 92-91-89)

◗ She gets some class relief after running in two Grade 1 races – the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the Rodeo Drive – in her last two starts.

◗ Her trainer, Graham Motion, also sends out Lady of Gold, the Red Carpet runner-up.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 4 Diversy Harbor. Trainer Tom Proctor is 23-4-4-1 with a $1.00 ROI over the past two years in turf route graded stakes following a layoff of 45 days or more. – Mike Hogan Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Two races before saddling Scooter Bird in the Frankel, Sadler will try to capture the $75,000-added Eddie Logan Stakes with Daddy D T, who is making his first start since finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

An overflow field of 13 entered the Logan, a one-mile grass race for 2-year-olds. Twelve can run. Tomasino is on the also-eligible list.

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Daddy D T (Last 3 Beyers: 76-82-78)

He missed an intended start in last month’s Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar owing to a brief illness. He has worked twice since.

Bolo (Beyers: 83-66)

He was a powerful winner last month against maidens at Del Mar after finishing fifth in his debut behind Logan entrant Rock Shandy, who subsequently was third in the DeMille.

Stormy Liberal (Last 3 Beyers: 78-79-57)

He has improved sharply since moving to turf for his last two starts, including a runner-up effort in the DeMille.