Frank’s Rockette Returns To Winning Ways In American Beauty

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc’s multiple Grade 2 winner Frank’s Rockette lived up to her 1-2 odds and returned to the winner’s circle after making a successful 2021 debut in Saturday’s $150,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. The 4-year-old filly was making her first start since taking on older males in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November.

Breaking from post 7 under jockey Florent Geroux, Frank’s Rockette raced just to the outside of 2019 American Beauty winner Amy’s Challenge and stayed within easy striking distance through early fractions of :21 3/5 and :44 3/5 before edging clear of her rival to win by 1 ¼ lengths. Her final time was 1:10 over a muddy track. Wildwood’s Beauty was third.

“She broke very alertly, which gave me a great option to be right there off the speed without any effort,” Geroux said. “And, from there, I was just continuing to get pressure on Amy’s Challenge because when she’s on the lead she can be very difficult to pass. I wanted to make sure I didn’t give my filly too much to do down the lane. But she was very professional and when I asked her to go down the lane, she was all in and she gave me everything she had.”

Frank’s Rockette, a homebred daughter of Into Mischief, improved her record to 7-4-0 in 12 starts and has now earned $696,103. She returned $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 as the heavy favorite.

“Nice to see her come off the bench,” trainer Bill Mott add via phone. “It’s great. What makes it better is Mr. (Frank) Fletcher was there at his home track and he was there, so, you know I mean, that’s like winning two. She ran on an off track there last year, but the bottom line is she ran into a very good filly (Kimari). Florent (Geroux) thought she handled it well enough today. Knowing she was second against a really good filly there last year, I felt she would handle it. Is it her favorite surface? Well, I don’t know. But she certainly handled it well enough today.”

Frank’s Rockette was saddled by Sebastian “Bas” Nicholl, longtime assistant to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Frank’s Rockette shipped into Lukas’ barn.

Live racing resumes Sunday at Oaklawn with a 1 p.m. first post.

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