Favored Frank’s Rockette Continues Dominance In Grade 2 Prioress

Frank’s Rockette added to her already-full resume with a win in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes under Junior Alvarado on Saturday, stalking a hot early pace and drawing away by daylight. The 3-year-old filly trained by Bill Mott was out of the gate quickly and settled in behind pacesetter Hello Beautiful along the backstretch. Reagan’s Edge joined those two rivals through the turn, and the three briefly ran abreast before Frank’s Rockette kicked clear mid-stretch, reaching a new gear effortlessly to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Reagan’s Edge held on for second and Center Aisle was third. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:08.89.

Frank’s Rockette has finished first or second for her entire career, coming to this race off a narrow victory in the G3 Victory Ride. She also has runner-up efforts in the G2 Frizette, G2 Spinaway and G2 Adirondack to her credit for owner/breeder Frank Fletcher.

Frank’s Rockette was bred in Kentucky and is the daughter of Into Mischief and Indian Charlie mare Rocket Twentyone.

Frank’s Rockette was the race favorite and paid $5.10 to win. See the full chart here.

The win was the second on the day for Bill Mott and Alvarado, who also teamed up on a maiden special weight victory in Race 5.

G2 Prioress Quotes, courtesy of the NYRA press office

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Frank’s Rockette (No. 5, $5.10): “I think we made the right choice [to run in the Prioress]. The filly that ran in the Oaks yesterday [Gamine] was very tough in the Test and the extra time helped our filly. She looks good. She looks like she gained some weight and the distance of this race at six furlongs suits us very well. I’m pleased she showed up and ran fast.

“I thought we might be on the lead. I didn’t see that kind of speed coming from her [No. 6, Hello Beautiful]. There were several horses in there that could have shown speed. It was possible Secondary Market [No. 4] could have shown speed. In these sprints, a lot depends on who gets the good break. Our filly broke well but Hello Beautiful broke exceptionally well and showed good speed as well. Junior [Alvarado] rode her perfectly.”

Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Frank’s Rockette (No. 5): “She’s very quick out of the gate and she made my job easy today. She got out of there and was easy to handle. I held her as long as I could, just waiting to turn for home and when I asked her, she responded very nicely. At the end, she was traveling away from them.

“By the five-sixteenths I knew what I had and I think she was waiting for it, too. Turning for home, I asked her to give me a nice kick and she did.”

Jose Lezcano, rider aboard runner up Reagan’s Edge (No. 9): “She’s a very nice filly. The filly that won ran a very competitive race today especially with pressure on the front. My filly gave me everything she had the whole way around. She tried hard and it was a good second.”

Winning margin: 2 ½ lengths
Final time (6 furlongs): 1:08.89
Fractions: 22.33, 44.77, 56.42
Full order of finish: 5-9-7-4-3-6-2-8

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